News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

Acquisition Today: News for the Federal Acquisition Workforce

May 1, 2019

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The Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) Wins at the 17th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards Competition!

The Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition, has announced the 2018 award winners to highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production. FAI is pleased to announce recognition for excellence with a Silver award in the category of Training/e-Learning for FAI’s Back to Basics (B2B) Acquisition Learning Series! Check out this B2B course series – FAC 081 through FAC 086 on FAITAS.


FAI Digital Tools Page Adds OASIS and Discovery Tools

The FAI Digital Tools page, a resource featuring a variety of tools to help the acquisition workforce, was recently updated to include the OASIS Price Estimating and Discovery Market Research tools. These tools and all those linked on the website help the contracting community work more efficiently and effectively. If you haven't bookmarked this page yet, you should.

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... to enroll in free acquisition training. It's coming down to the wire for contract specialists to complete training for this season. And, FAI still has seats available in a fantastic array of classes.

CON 243 (FED) - 19B, Architect-Engineering Services Contracting (5-Day); FCN 485 - 19B, Best Value Acquisition/Commercial Items Contracting (5-Day); FQN 425 - 19B, Simplified Acquisition Procedures (5-Day); FQN 452 19B, Information Technology Acquisition (5-Day)

Enroll today before it's too late.


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Next PS Office Hours - Schedule Pricing, Escalations and Price Discounts

Register today for GSA's Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories next Office Hours on May 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. ET. The topic is Schedule Pricing, Escalations and Price Discounts. Monthly Office Hours are free on-line classes designed to address federal customer agency questions about professional services acquisition. Plus you’ll earn 1 CLP!


Open Source Software Saves Money

The Federal Source Code Policy M-16-21 requires agencies to open source software code, as well as re-use code from other agencies. This mitigates duplicative spending and custom development. To view open source software code from around the government, visit

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Changes to the Product Service Codes

The General Services Administration (GSA) Integrated Award Environment (IAE) will be implementing system changes to incorporate revisions to the Product Service Codes (PSCs). The PSCs describe the products, services, and research and development items purchased by the federal government, and are used in collecting and analyzing data related to federal procurements. Click here for details.

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Project InReach

Recognizing that communication is critical to a high performing workforce, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) launched a new campaign called Project InReach that’s all about you – the acquisition workforce! The campaign features the Acquisition Compass, a new resource on the Acquisition Gateway to help quickly find OFPP policies and resources. Are you new to the Acquisition Gateway?  Sign-up and sign-in here.  After signing in, you can access the Acquisition Compass using this direct link.  

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