Thursday - 3/21/2013, 5:05am EDT

Federal News Radio attended the 2013 Acquisition Excellence Conference held March 21 in Washington, D.C.

Listen below to our interviews with conference speakers and organizers, and view pictures from our conference booth.

Joe Jordan
administrator
Office of Federal Procurement Policy

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Buying smart and using smart people to do it. That's become a high priority for the federal government. It might seem as if the government never stops tinkering with the acquisition system. But that's a good thing, considering the government spends hundred of billions of dollars a year on contractors.

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Mary Davie
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Solutions
GSA's Federal Acquisition Service

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The General Services Administration tries to stay relevant by offering a variety of acquisition vehicles for federal agencies. Mary Davie keeps her ear to the ground. She's the assistant commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Solutions. That's part of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. Davie oversees 7,000 contracts.

Rory Schultz
deputy chief information officer
Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

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Recent studies suggest winning a protest of a federal contract is close to winning the lottery. There's not a big chance of either happening, but the payoffs can be big. The jitters remain, however, because losing protests can cost a lot of money for both contractors and agencies. That's not something an agency under sequester wants to go through.

Federal Drive Co-host Tom Temin, left, poses for a picture with Joe Jordan, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp broadcasted live from the 2013 Acquisition Excellence Conference on March 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

View a gallery of photos from the Acquisition Excellence Conference here.