- December 11, 2013 4:04 PM
We mentioned yesterday in our news round-up the launching of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Needipedia, a site that allows tech users within the agency to communicate their needs directly to vendors through Open Broad Agency Announcements. It’s an interesting new venture from DIA, though they clearly lost an opportunity here to name it the much more mellifluous Wikineedia. FedNewsRadio has the full story on their site, but I thought it was worth highlighting a few points about how the new site, launched in October, highlights some of the common problems with not just federal IT acquisition, but federal procurement in general.
- December 11, 2013 3:13 PM
Historically, UPS and FedEx have raised their ground and air shipping rates year over year – and rates for 2014 will be no exception. Despite lower fuel costs and economic conditions that are slightly improving, both carriers have once again raised prices across the board. As in years past, the increases are remarkably similar with UPS and FedEx both announcing a 4.9% price increase for ground shipments. For air shipments, UPS announced a 4.9% increase while FedEx’s rates will rise by 3.9%. Yet, unlike previous years, the carriers have not offset these increases with reductions in fuel costs.