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The General Services Administration (GSA) is continuing efforts to consolidate its multiple-award schedules and modernize its government acquisition platforms. Late in the summer, GSA announced plans to discontinue the Federal Business Opportunities contracting website and transition it into a unified System for Award Management.  Read More



Late last month, President Trump issued an executive order to "promote economy and efficiency in Federal Government procurement," by rescinding an Obama-era EO, which gave existing employees, a "right of first refusal" for jobs on successor service contracts.  Read More



With more than 34.8 billion recovered by the government since 2010 under the federal False Claims Act, it has never been more crucial for private practitioners and corporate in-house counsel to keep abreast of the changes and hear a wide variety of perspectives on this rapidly evolving and highly challenging area of the law.  Read More



The Trump administration's plan to merge most of the Office of Personnel Management with the General Services Administration looks like it will take another major hit. Legislators from both chambers reject the proposed consolidation, as the Senate joined the House in including no funding for the plan in its consolidated appropriations bill for fiscal 2020.  Read More



Lawmakers seem to be viewing another stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown just before Thanksgiving, as inevitable. By all outward appearance, Congress seems unlikely to resolve their differences in order to use regular spending bills before the stopgap bill funding agencies at their fiscal 2019 levels expires on Nov. 21, an additional continuing resolution seems more likely.  Read More



The Office of Personnel Management ordered federal agencies to start fully complying with three executive orders altering federal workforce policy after a federal court lifted an injunction that had blocked their full implementation. In an Oct. 4 memo, OPM Director Dale Cabaniss reinstated guidance dating back to July 2018 that ordered agencies to update OPM and the White House on the status of collective bargaining agreements and current negotiations in order to put the three executive orders in effect.  Read More



The head of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service has resigned his position after a little over two years to take a position in the private sector. FAS Commissioner Alan Thomas resigned on Oct. 2 and GSA Senior Advisor Julie Dunne will serve as acting FAS commissioner beginning Oct. 15.  Read More



Despite stop-gap funding, with another potential government shutdown looming next month, activist groups are pushing for legislation to protect low-wage federal contractors, a group they say can least afford to lose income but has the fewest protections. When Congress struck a deal to fund the government following a 35-day shutdown earlier this year, it included a provision that guaranteed federal employees back pay in all future shutdowns.  Read More



At the end of last week, the House of Representatives passed a seven-week continuing resolution with a 301-123 vote, taking a step towards avoiding another government shutdown at the fiscal year deadline. The CR would fund agencies at 2019 levels through Nov. 21, buying lawmakers more time to negotiate over several full-year appropriations bills.  Read More



A whistleblower exposed how the Army lost possession of six government-purchased fuel trucks, indicating that improper contracting procedures -- which cost the service about $1.34 million – were to blame. The Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to the White House and Congress in the middle of last week, which included a June 2018 Army report which made the matter public for the first time.  Read More



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