Entries by Paul McVeigh

GAO flags longstanding quality and organizational concerns with DHS OIG

Based on its analysis of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Government Accountability Office submitted preliminary findings and recommendations to Congress. Audits are taking longer, and the DHS OIG has gone four out of six years without main auditing policies and processes, including a strategic plan. The quality of […]

Senator to propose wage increase for federal employees

The world is currently in harsh and crucial times. But we still have hard working employees that would work to see the change and greatness of the American country. Employees can often be overlooked even when they are breaking their backs at their designated jobs. With their hard work they still get little pay but […]

GSA, DHS to address shortcomings in contractor assessments

In the world of federal contracting, the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) is well known. For some contractors, their CPARS ratings are critical, as they essentially reflect the quality of work done on government contracts. The General Services Administration and the Department of Homeland Security are taking a look at the process and plan […]

DoD Worries: Supply Chain, Heavy Spending, Fewer Prime Contractors

The following is a summary of a conversation between Senior Bloomberg reporter Travis Tritten and Tom Temlin of Federal Drive: It is said that over the last decade, there has been kind of this stunning decline in the number of prime vendors out there. A 36% decrease. You have also seen the defense budget climb […]

2020 NDAA and Human Capital Management

As per the request in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a new report from the National Academy of Public Administration, “Elevating Human Capital: Reframing the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Leadership Imperative,”is on target. Government needs to invest continually in improving its human capital management policies and practices. The payoff will be improved […]

GSA has Opportunity to lead Federal Climate Change Initiative.

The federal government is the nation’s largest employer and its largest energy consumer. The U.S. has rejoined the Paris Agreement which aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. President Biden wants the public sector to be an example for environmental sustainability. Due to the building and […]

Biden’s Made in America: Federal Contracting Outlook

With a new administration comes new policies. Most federal contractors are familiar with this and have been gearing up to ready themselves for whatever these new policies may throw at them. With the “Made in America” executive order issued by President Biden on his fifth day in office, contractors are still wondering what implications this […]

NITAAC to release CIO-SP4 contract to include large and small contractors

In the next few weeks, in mid-to-late March, the National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) will announce the $40 billion CIO-SP4 contract and award spots to as many as 450 large and small contractors by early 2022. Brian Goodger, CIO-SP4 program manager and NITAAC acting director, said he expects to receive […]

GSA’s procurement programs plan to create opportunities

The General Services Administration (GSA) is the central procurement arm of the federal government. With the change in administration, the GSA plays an integral role in implementing policy priorities. The new administration has set its sights on helping small businesses, establishing green energy alternatives, and increasing domestic sourcing. GSA’s procurement programs, managed by the Federal […]