Nov 6, 2014

barbaraThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is again in the news. This time for the technical evaluations done for the subscription services for its pharmaceutical information database.  After the VA made award to Cox Subscriptions, Inc., Swets Information Services filed a protest at the GAO.  The GAO concluded that the agency failed to document its conclusions during the technical evaluation.  Haven’t we seen this movie before?

And on the partly cloudy to a chance of rain, DOD’s Chief Financial Officer, Michael McCord, is predicting that defense spending will fall $235 billion below projections between fiscal year 2015 and 2016.  At a Tech America conference, McCord called the long-term budget outlook for DOD, “austere.”  This author is also going out on a limb and opining that Congress probably will not pass a FY 2015 budget.  My outlook for this budget is cold and frosty.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Departmental Management, Food and Nutrition Service, and Forest Service did not select contract types preferred by federal regulations, agency policies, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, for about two-thirds (about $783 million) of the funds obligated to contracts for professional, administrative, and management support services in fiscal years 2009 through 2013. This from a recent GAO audit.  The GAO noted that the FAR and OMB guidance direct federal agencies to use performance-based contracts to the maximum extent practicable when acquiring services. The FAR also states a preference for firm-fixed-price contracts.

Now on to off topic but funny legal news.  Pennsylvania police have filed criminal charges against a college student who, dressed as the yellow Teletubby, broke into his friends’s home, raided the refrigerator, and fled with leftover Chinese food that he dumped into his “man purse.”

Investigators quickly identified the 6’ 2”, 310-pound Terez Owens as the man in the yellow costume. “Chinese food was found in his purse,” noted cops, who reported that sesame chicken and sweet and sour chicken were purloined. Read the full story here.

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