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Inside the World's Biggest Buyer Part 2: Acquisition Workforce

In order to buy the correct things, agencies need the right people who have the means to get the right results. Does the government have enough of those people in place? Where do they come from? How do they gain their expertise? What lessons can be learned today to shape the contracting officer of the future? Plus, how are agencies making sure their vendors have the skill sets they need to meet their missions? Federal News Radio examines these issues in Part Two of our special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

New OFPP administrator has sights set on workforce, 'buying smarter'

Joe Jordan has led the Office of Federal Procurement Policy for a little more than two weeks. But he's wasting no time setting priorities. Jordan spoke to In Depth with Francis Rose as part of Federal News Radio's week-long special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 09:24pm EDT
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Agencies taking a more disciplined approach to managing vendors

GSA, Commerce and others are using supply chain management techniques to buy smarter and more efficiently. Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Steve Kempf said a recent survey of their contractors will help influence the next generation of schedules.

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 05:24am EDT
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From DoD to State: Agencies break new contracting ground in Iraq

In a first-ever interview, key officials from the Departments of Defense and State responsible for planning the transition to a diplomatic-led mission in Iraq discuss how the two agencies coordinated one of the largest overseas logistical operations since World War II. The article is the first part in Federal News Radio's special report, Trial by Fire: Overseas Contracting in Transition, part of the series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer: How $500 Billion Can Be Spent Better.

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 04:29pm EDT
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Column: Acquisition workforce strategy is the answer to DoD's problems

Retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, a member of the Defense Business Board, said the decimation of contracting officers, program managers and others have put the military at a disadvantage in spending hundreds of billions of dollars. He said the answer to their problem is simple but hard to implement: a comprehensive plan to improve the acquisition workforce.

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 06:01am EDT
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Bundling: Naughty or nice

If terms like "cooperative purchasing" and/or "contract bundling" turn you on, welcome to the wonderful world of buying, federal style, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Check out day two of Federal News Radio's multimedia special report, "Inside The World Biggest Buyer."

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 02:00am EDT

NDU's iCollege keeps workforce current on federal buying rules, practices

At the heart of solid federal acquisition lies a well-trained workforce. National Defense University's iCollege professors Andy Gravatt and Russ Mattern share how the school stays up-to-date on acquisition practices across government and the recent changes they've made to the curriculum.

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 02:47pm EDT
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Chart: Federal acquisition workforce 2000-2010

A look at the increasing size of the acquisition workforce. Data is from the Federal Acquisition Institute.

Monday - 05/28/2012, 02:07pm EDT