Federal News Countdown: Evolving acquisition workforce and the debt ceiling debate

Friday - 7/22/2011, 2:43pm EDT

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Today's guests on the Federal News Countdown:
-John Palguta, vice president, Partnership for Public Service
-Mark Amtower, federal market consultant

John Palguta's stories
#3 What happens August 3?
From Federal News Radio:

Try as they might, lawmakers still have no deal on raising the federal debt ceiling. What if it takes them longer than the self-imposed August 2 deadline?

That would mean the government would face tough choices on spending the money it does have coming in.

#2 Some federal workers more likely to die than lose jobs
From USA Today:

Federal employees' job security is so great that workers in many agencies are more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off or fired, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

#1 Federal workers must brace for more bitter medicine
From The Washington Post:

No matter how the debt crisis ends, federal employees will take a double dose of a bitter pill. Even the best-case scenario of Congress and the White House agreeing on a plan to raise the debt ceiling would have federal employees taking a hit through whatever medicine is prescribed for Americans in general, in addition to money-saving measures aimed directly at the federal workforce.

Mark Amtower's stories
#3 DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
From Defense.gov:

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero, 19, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, died July 15 of wounds suffered July 6 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

#2 Acquisition workforce showing signs of change
From Federal News Radio:

The acquisition workforce has long been the victim and scapegoat for all that is wrong with federal procurement. Dan Gordon, however, said that is starting to change. The administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy said agency contracting officers, program managers and others are starting to show signs of morale and process improvements.

#1 6 keys - and a caveat - to winning bigger contracts
From Washington Technology:

In sports parlance, it's known as going for the gold. The term also applies in government contracting, as more and more companies are seeking the gold to be found in the large federal indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract vehicles.