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News

All Member Meeting with GSA Administrator Emily Murphy

On February 14, The Coalition hosted an all-member meeting with the new Administrator of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy. Members had the opportunity to engage in a constructive and collaborative dialogue with Administrator Murphy that focused on her goals and priorities as the new leader of GSA. This meeting was one of her first meetings with industry since starting her new role with GSA.

Coalition Amicus Brief Filed

On February 2, the Coalition filed an amicus brief in support of a petition for certiorari requesting that the Supreme Court review a ruling made by the Ninth Circuit on False Claims Act liability. Read the brief here!

VA RFI Seeks Input on Online Marketplaces

On January 29, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Strategic Acquisition Center (SAC) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking feedback from vendors with existing online business marketplaces related to user agreements. Specifically, the VA is contemplating an arrangement whereby qualified vendor(s) would, through the utilization of a new user agreement that ensures compliance with applicable Federal and VA policies, provide VA micro-purchase buyers with access to the vendor(s)’ online business marketplace.

GSA Releases Final Order Level Materials Rule

On January 23, GSA released its final Order Level Materials (OLM) aka Other Direct Costs Rule. The Coalition commends GSA for finalizing this rule, which will help to further streamline the Schedules and reduce burdens on both Government and industry. The final rule is a significant, positive step forward towards a more flexible, efficient, effective, and innovative MAS program.

Senate Passes Continuing Resolution

On January 22, The Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) to provide funding for operations of the federal government through February 8, 2018. The Coalition has compiled a list of resources for contractors in the event that Congress and the White House are unable to agree to a funding deal and the government shuts down.

Roger Waldron Appears on Government Matters TV

On January 11, Coalition President, Roger Waldron appeared on Government Matters TV in order to discuss procurement through e-commerce portals. Government Matters TV is hosted by Francis Rose, and airs Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on ABC7 and weeknights at 8 & 11 p.m. on NewsChannel 8.

Events

Save The Date:

Two Part Webinar Series – Life Sciences Government Contracting: Federal Contracting & Federal Market Access, Feb. 28 & Apr. 25

The Coalition for Government Procurement, in coordination with Baker Tilly, invites you to join this two-part webinar series focused on the challenges faced by pharmaceutical manufacturers selling to the federal government. Part I of the series will focus on selling pharmaceuticals through the 65 IB Federal Supply Schedule, while Part II will focus on unique federal market access considerations.

April 3rd- Assisted Acquisition Forum, CGI Federal, 3:00pm

April 11th- 4th Annual Healthcare Forum, McDermott Will & Emory, 7:00am

May 16- 2018 Spring Training Conference, Fairview Park Marriott, 7:30am

August 22- 2018 Joe Caggiano Memorial Golf Tournament @ Whiskey Creek, 9:30am

Other Transaction Authority: A Tool in the Toolbox

Last week, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a five-year, $950 million award to REAN Cloud to provide cloud adoption services to DoD agencies. DoD utilized its Other Transaction Authority (OTA) for the $950 million award as a follow-on to what was originally an...

Order Level Materials: The Next Steps

As you know, two weeks ago, GSA released its final Order Level Materials (OLM) rule, also known as the “ODC” rule.  It is a significant milestone in GSA’s efforts to further enhance the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program to deliver best value commercial solutions...

Duplicating Efforts To Avoid Duplication

Within the past year, there have been several initiatives undertaken across the government space focused on moving the Federal procurement process onto commercial e-Commerce portals. Last March, the FAR & Beyond blog examined a partnership between the Department...

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