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9:28 am, October 23, 2014

Contracting News

Leap Ahead program keeps DHS cyber offerings on cutting edge

The Homeland Security Department has reviewed about 18 new or improved cybersecurity tools or technologies that may be added to the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM). John Streufert, the director of Federal Network Resilience at National Protection and Programs Directorate in DHS, said CDM is not delayed and on track to deliver results.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:55am EDT
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GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:58am EDT

Government Contracting Myth No. 1: We should never protest

In the first part of a 10-part series on government contracting, expert Tim Sullivan says even if a company has a no-protest policy, it is na´ve to believe that it can completely insulate itself from the protest process.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:52am EDT

GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 06:16pm EDT

An acquisition wish list for Santa

Keith Trippie, a former Senior Executive Service member executive director for the Enterprise System Development Office at DHS, pens an acquisition wish list for Santa.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Communication, transparency key to successful procurements

Like virtually everything in the federal government, the relationship federal agencies and industry organizations is complex. Contracts, buying and selling are just a small piece of the pie. Communication and collaboration are key factors that must exist in the pipeline between the public and private sectors. As part of our special report, the Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio hosted a panel with acquisition experts.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 09:49am EDT

Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Charlie Sowell, Salient Federal Solutions

It's become routine in criminal cases for law enforcement to search for suspects' motives by looking at their social media accounts after the crime. But the government has been slow to search social media proactively in other ways. For instance, like evaluating someone for a security clearance. At a recent event hosted by the Professional Services Council, one federal official said the intelligence community had developed a policy to incorporate social media into background investigations. But it's been held up for a year and a half by senior leaders. Charlie Sowell is a former intelligence official, now with Salient Federal Solutions. He tells Emily Kopp that few contractors are using social media to vet their employees too, but that's changing.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 09:46am EDT
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Acquisition quiz: True or False?

If you keep hearing the same thing over and over, is it true? Take certain federal procurement axioms: virtually every procurement nowadays is protested, contracting officers are not allowed to talk to potential bidders, there are too many contracting vehicles out there. Federal News Radio set out to explore these refrains, with the help of two procurement experts.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:50am EDT

Successful DoD acquisition programs start with funding for the workforce

The success of defense acquisition will always depend on the capability of a limited number of people inside and outside government whose resources of time and attention are finite. Increased skill, relevant experiences, and cultural adjustment of the workforce will occur only gradually and only with adequate funding and congressional oversight, says contracting expert Jonathan Etherton.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:29am EDT

Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

Content marketing: How to make it work for you

Elizabeth Harr of Hinge Marketing will discuss the benefits of content marketing and how to make it work for your agency or business.
October 13, 2014

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:09pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are struggling to follow the rules around cloud computing. The Council of Inspectors General examined 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies. It found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the councils' new report.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:13am EDT
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Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Industry Council

Contractors are casting a wary eye on President Barack Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. It seems innocuous because most contractors already comply with labor laws. Still, the EO could cause a lot of mischief. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of the Public Sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the EO affects contractors.

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:38pm EDT
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What's going on in federal hiring?

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
October 10, 2014

Friday - 10/10/2014, 08:17pm EDT
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Labor: Minimum wage increase for federal contract workers

The Department of Labor released its final rule for a minimum wage hike for federal contracting employees by 2015.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:55pm EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

How's this for a bid protest case? Two companies bid and both have the same price for the project. One company gets higher ratings for what the source selection authority called a multitude of highly innovative processes and insightful technology trends. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how the case unfolded.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:42pm EDT
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An update on OASIS

Jim Ghiloni, program manager for OASIS, will bring us up to date on the capabilities, features, and opportunities of the OASIS contracting program.
October 7, 2014

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:45pm EDT
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What's ahead in FY 2015?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about what contractors should expect in Fiscal Year 2015.
October 6, 2014

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:32pm EDT
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Helpdesk award continues USDA's trek toward more shared services

Cheryl Cook, USDA's CIO, said the Forest Service awarded a contract to AbilityOne for tier one helpdesk services. This is one of several enterprisewide services the agency is creating to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 12:26pm EDT
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