How to manage for results

The federal government has been moving a long time toward a more results-oriented, performance-based mission approach—developing a strategic plan, setting clear objectives, defining necessary resources, precisely assessing progress, and accurate results measurement.

NCMA logoThe goal has been establishing a clear connection between agency priorities, strategic goals, and operational plans. The Office of Management and Budget, over several administrations, has led various management initiatives while developing all manner of guidance, tools, and resources for governmental use in reaching these goals. The President’s Management Agenda is built on four pillars:

  • Effective delivery of world-class service;
  • Efficiency-enhancing productivity and cost savings;
  • Economic growth–opening data and research that spurs innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth; and
  • Unlocking the full potential of the federal workforce.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/acquisition/blog/2015/08/17/how-manage-results/31863413/

Oshkosh wins $6.7 billion contract to replace Humvee vehicle with JLTV

Oshkosh Corp., the truck-maker based in the Wisconsin city of the same name, last week won a $6.7 billion military contract to begin building a replacement for the iconic Humvee called the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.
Photo Credit: Oshkosh Defense
Photo Credit: Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh beat out Lockheed Martin Corp., the world’s largest defense contractor, and AM General LLC, the maker of the Humvee, for the award.

“Oshkosh is honored to be selected for the JLTV production contract, which builds upon our 90-year history of producing tactical wheeled vehicles for U.S. military operations at home and abroad,” Chief Executive Officer Charles Szews, said in a statement. “We are fully prepared to build a fleet of exceptional JLTVs to serve our troops in future missions.

The agreement calls for Oshkosh — which also built a fleet of blast-resistant trucks for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — to produce about 17,000 of the light-duty JLTVs for the Army and Marine Corps beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, which starts Oct. 1.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2015/08/25/oshkosh-wins-6-7-billion-jltv-contract/

 

Agency pulls a fast one at GAO … and gets caught

After a protest was filed at the GAO, a procuring agency delayed implementing the mandatory statutory suspension of work, then amended the awardee’s contract to permit the awardee to fully perform before the suspension actually kicked in.
Then the agency got caught.

GAO-GovernmentAccountabilityOffice-SealIn a recent decision, the GAO sustained a protest because the agency had circumvented the GAO’s bid protest process.  But while the agency got busted–a good thing–the penalty it will pay is less than satisfactory.

The GAO’s decision in SCB Solutions, Inc.–Reconsideration, B-410450.2 (Aug. 12, 2015) involved a Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) RFQ for personal identity verification cards.  The RFQ was issued via the GSA’s eBuy system to holders of GSA Schedule 70 contracts.  The RFQ stated that award would be made on a lowest-priced, technically-acceptable (LPTA) basis.

VA sealThe RFQ called for the issuance of a single, fixed-price delivery order for 400,000 PIV cards.  The PIV cards were to be provided in five production runs of 80,000 each.  Within 30 days of award, the contractor was to deliver a test run of 100 cards.  After the agency accepted the test run, the contractor was to deliver the remainder of the first production run; delivery of the other production runs would follow.

Keep reading this article at: http://smallgovcon.com/gaobidprotests/agency-pulls-a-fast-one-at-gao-and-gets-caught/

Lockheed pays $4.8M to settle illegal lobbying claim

Sandia Corp. and parent company Lockheed Martin, which operate the federally-funded Sandia National Laboratories, agreed to pay $4.8 million to settle claims that the company used taxpayer money to lobby congress to extend its contract to manage the research facility in violation of federal law.

Sandia National LaboratoriesThe Department of Justice opened an investigation earlier this year after an inspector general report showed the company used federal funds to stand up an in-house lobbying team to develop a strategy to extend the management contract for the facility at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after it was set to expire in 2012.

Documents obtained by the IG revealed a strategy to influence congressmen and federal officials — including then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu. While these lobbying efforts were not explicitly illegal, laws and regulations prohibit the use of federal funds for such purposes.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/management/oversight/2015/08/24/lockheed-sandia-lobbying/32262165/

Read in-depth information at:  http://archive.federaltimes.com/article/20141112/ACQ/311120012/Report-Sandia-violated-rules-lobbying-contract-extensions

Cloud of sequestration looms over DC region

Five weeks before another round of deep Defense Department cuts is set to go into effect absent action from Congress, budget analysts and elected leaders throughout the region are renewing concerns about the Washington area’s reliance on Pentagon spending and the need to advance private sector growth in its place.

20131112_193738No state is more reliant on defense spending than Virginia, where it affects nearly 13 percent of the commonwealth’s economic output, tops nationwide, and provides the basis for 11 percent of jobs, third in the nation.

D.C. and Maryland also rank in the top 10 in Defense Department spending among states, with 6.9 percent and 5.8 percent of their output relying on defense respectively, according to a department report released last year.

In some ways Virginia is still reeling from automatic spending cuts known as sequestration that took place in 2013. The state’s gross domestic product had zero growth in 2014, according to a recent Department of Commerce report, third worst among states.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2015/08/23/cloud-of-sequestration-looms-over-d-c-region/