Weekly News Kick Off: Bid Protests are Up, CBO Issues Policy Recommendations to Lower Federal Deficit - (Archived)

Welcome to the weekly news kick off. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Enjoy these highlights from the news last week.

GAO Says Bid Protests are Up 5% in Fiscal 2014
A General Accountability Office report indicates the number of disputed federal contract awards reached 2,561 in fiscal 2014, a 5 percent increase over the 2,429 recorded in the preceding year. GAO said contractors filed 2,445 bid protests, 50 cost-related claims and 66 petitions for reconsideration with the agency during the past fiscal year.

CBO Issues Policy Recommendations to Lower Federal Deficit
This week, the Congressional Budget Office suggested 79 measures the U.S. government could implement to manage debt and spending levels over the next decade.The “Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2015 to 2024″ report lists budget policy options for defense, energy, healthcare, tax and social security programs. Recommendations for the Defense Department include capping military pay increases, implementing changes in military and civilian workforce, and modifying Tricare enrollment fees or cost-sharing rules.

GSA Adopts Agile Acquisition for the Government Marketplace
The General Services Administration has partnered with other agencies to build a digital portal for category-specific procurements across the government, Federal Time reported. GSA’s common acquisition platform will work to help civilian and defense organizations access information on particular classes of product or service offerings.

FedRAMP to Release New Standards Draft for High-Impact Systems

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program plans to release a draft document on cloud services standards for high-impact systems this month due to demand from government agencies, Federal News Radio reported. The draft will be available for government and industry comment before FedRAMP finalizes the high baseline in 2015.

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