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Amid bribery scandal, Navy changes business practices for overseas port calls

Navy moves to centralize its contracting and payment processes for overseas husbanding services after its investigators find tens of millions of dollars in overcharges resulting from bribes.

Monday - 12/23/2013, 03:51am EST
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A look back and a look ahead at the clearance job market

Evan Lesser, founder and director of Clearance Jobs.com will discuss the state of the clearance job market and what's ahead in the new year.
December 20, 2013 (Encore presentation December 27, 2013 and January 3, 2014)

Friday - 12/20/2013, 07:55pm EST
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Air Force commits to use OASIS for most professional services contracts

Under an agreement signed Thursday, the Air Force will use OASIS as its default option for professional service contracts. The service agrees to spend at least $500 million under the multiple award contract.

Friday - 12/20/2013, 03:50am EST
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Budget, sequestration and defense sales

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss how the budget deal will affect next year's government funding,and how budget cuts are affecting U.S. defense industrial capabilities.
December 19, 2013

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 05:48pm EST
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GSA plots path ahead for once-troubled acquisition management system

GSA says its problem-plagued System for Award Management is now working, but its failures have pushed agency officials to pursue a new path to consolidate the government's approach to procurement data.

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 04:02am EST
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OFPP refreshes program, project management certification requirements

A new memo from OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan outlines eight changes since 2007. Among the major changes is the requirement for program and project managers to meet all the certification prerequisites.

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 12:57pm EST

What's ahead for GSA's MAS program?

Jonathan Aronie, partner at Sheppard Mullin will give his take on the GSA Multiple Award Schedule program.
December 17, 2013

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 08:20pm EST
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A year end review and what's ahead for 2014

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss this year's top contracting stories, and what will be the big issues in 2014.
December 16, 2013 (Encore presentation December 23, 2013 & December 30, 2013)

Monday - 12/16/2013, 06:41pm EST
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TechAmerica adds more specifics to allegations against former officials, ITI

The trade association offers more details about its claims against three former senior officials who left to join the IT Industrial Council. TechAmerica says the three officials downloaded a "truckload" of proprietary information about membership dues and other parts of the business, which will cause "irreparable injury" to the association.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 02:55pm EST

27 vendors protest awards under DHS $22B IT services contract

Unsuccessful bidders of one unrestricted portion of the EAGLE II contract are taking their arguments to GAO to try to get a spot on the multiple-award contract. Documents show DHS made no awards to any company whose total bid was more than $500 million.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 12:18pm EST
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Air Force tells program managers: Don't expect reprieve from sequestration

Any relief the Air Force gets from a pending budget deal will be pushed into rebuilding lost military readiness, not bolstering investment programs, a top acquisition official said Wednesday.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 08:35am EST
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VA puts reverse auctions on hiatus again to study value proposition

The Veterans Affairs Department's decision comes as lawmakers are putting this acquisition concept under more scrutiny. House Veterans Affairs and Small Business Committee lawmakers question whether agencies are getting the best prices and whether they are sacrificing competition. GAO, other experts say OFPP needs to develop a governmentwide policy for reverse auctions.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 06:45pm EST
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Savings from reverse auctions not being maximized

As the use of reverse auctions continues to rise, the Government Accountability Office says agencies need more clear cut guidance to realize a maximum amount of savings.

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 04:23pm EST

Acquistion reform & organizational transformation

Gormley Group president Bill Gormley and Tom Sisti, chief legislative consel for SAP will discuss how to reform the federal government's procurement system.
December 10, 2013

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 08:09pm EST
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Defense contractors show rates of PTSD similar to veterans

The stresses and trauma of war are not limited to military personnel on the battlefield. Defense contractors exposed to combat zones exhibit similar rates of mental health problems as members of the military, according to a report by RAND Corporation.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 11:22am EST
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Former defense contractor pleads guilty to sharing classified documents

Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Bruce Schliemann, a former defense contractor and retired Navy SEAL, faces up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000 when he is sentenced.

Tuesday - 12/10/2013, 03:50am EST

All things federal IT

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller joins host Mark Amtower to talk about a number of Federal IT issues.
December 9, 2013

Monday - 12/09/2013, 09:20pm EST
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OFPP's proposed increase in contractor salary cap upsets all

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a memo to agencies setting the new benchmark for reimbursable costs at $952,308, up from $763,029 in 2011 for certain contractor employee salaries. The contractor cap has increased 55 percent over the last four years. OFPP blames Congress for not acting to change the formula for calculating the annual increases.

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 04:27am EST

Critics say federal design-build construction contracts stifling competition

Representatives of the construction and building design industries told lawmakers Tuesday that agencies' practices in issuing design-build construction contracts are dissuading qualified contractors from even offering bids.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 04:15am EST
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