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Acquisition Workforce News

Pentagon Solutions: Fixing contingency contracting, improving acquisition workforce

GAO's John Hutton and Belva Martin highlight conclusions from two recent reports.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 05:20pm EDT
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Multiple award schedule contracts

Host Roger Waldron will talk about the MAS program with Caroly Alston, general counsel for the Washington Management Group.
October 4, 2011

Tuesday - 10/04/2011, 07:43pm EDT
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Building "Green"

Richard Knight, principal/vice-president of Aercrete Advantage LLC, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about the work being done by his company.
October 3, 2011

Monday - 10/03/2011, 09:17pm EDT
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OFPP boosts requirements for contracting reps

A new memo details three classifications for the new contracting officer's representative position, which replaces the contracting officer's technical representatives as of Jan. 1. The goal is to improve acquisition oversight, especially of high risk contracts.

Friday - 09/16/2011, 12:12pm EDT

OMB: Agencies to speed pay to small contractors

The Office of Management and Budget has issued new guidance to agencies that would accelerate payments to small-business contractors. OMB Director Jacob Lew directed Executive Branch agencies to cut the payment processing time from 30 days to 15 days.

Thursday - 09/15/2011, 08:48am EDT

Pentagon Solutions: Army's Katherine Hammack

Katherine Hammack is the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment.

Wednesday - 09/14/2011, 05:50pm EDT
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Lockheed submits designs for Navy computing system

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin has submitted its proposal to modernize the Navy's shipboard computing system. The Navy will decide early next year if it will go with Lockheed's designs or proposals from competitor Northrop Grumman.

Wednesday - 09/14/2011, 11:06am EDT

Budget cutbacks signaling a return to commercial purchases?

For a long time your agency has been limiting its horizons for saving money. Some good, old-fashioned money management philosophies could go a long way toward helping your agency cut costs.

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 06:50pm EDT
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DHS St. E's to be victim of budget axe

Secretary Janet Napolitano said the agency has more important priorities than building the new consolidated headquarters at least for now. The House cut all funding for the program, while the Senate included enough to complete the Coast Guard's new building.

Thursday - 09/08/2011, 02:51pm EDT

Interagency effort tries to protect federal supply chain

The White House, Defense Department, NASA and federal procurement experts have formed a working group to tackle the problem of counterfeit goods in the government's supply chain. The Justice Department has convicted military suppliers of selling phony parts that were used in military equipment used in Fallujah, Iraq. The group will make recommendations to President Barack Obama by the end of the year.

Thursday - 09/08/2011, 06:05am EDT
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DHS aims to change history of lax acquisition oversight

Rafael Borras, DHS undersecretary for management, has implemented a major program review process to stave off acquisition problems. The board has reviewed and recommended fixes for problematic programs. Borras said the next step is a new decision support tool to bring together in one place all the performance information about the programs.

Wednesday - 09/07/2011, 06:14am EDT
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GSA's Krumbholz to retire

Karl Krumbholz, the face and force behind the General Services Administration's Networx telecommunications program, will leave government Jan. 1. He spent nearly 10 years at GSA and 26 years in the Navy.

Tuesday - 09/06/2011, 07:09pm EDT

The post-9/11 DHS contracting industry

The aftermath of 9/11 and the massive government reorganization that created the Homeland Security Department in 2003 created new opportunities for government contractors.

Tuesday - 09/06/2011, 12:25pm EDT

Army plans major IT contract for 2012

The Army is planning a 2012 release for a major information technology contract. Request for proposals are set for the second quarter on the 10-year, $5 billion dollar IT Enterprise Solutions-3 Hardware contract.

Tuesday - 09/06/2011, 11:14am EDT

GSA trying to reduce contracting complexities

The General Services Administration said it plans to issue a new governmentwide acquisition contract, called Integrations, to simplify how agencies buy and vendors provide professional services with technology components. GSA expects to issue a solicitation next summer.

Monday - 09/05/2011, 08:13am EDT
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Labor Department, industry dispute impact of contracting rule

The Labor Department issued a final rule in the Federal Register Monday implementing a 2009 Executive Order requiring the employees of losing incumbent vendors to be offered the right-of-first-refusal for vacancies with the winning contractor. Industry associations have expressed dismay over the rules, which is broader than a similar one enacted in the 1990s.

Friday - 09/02/2011, 05:33am EDT

Pentagon, WH assure progress in wartime contracting

The Obama administration and the Defense Department said Wednesday they are making progress in reforming contracting in overseas contingency operations. An independent commission found the government has lost up to $60 billion to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday - 09/01/2011, 02:39pm EDT

McCaskill faults DoD's acquisition oversight in wartime waste

The Missouri Democrat said the Pentagon needs to hire and improve training of contracting officers. She said the $31 billion in waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan should be a wake-up call for Congress to better fund the acquisition workforce.

Wednesday - 08/31/2011, 07:44pm EDT
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How GSA's Integrations can help in acquisitions

Federal News Radio's Jason Miller's talks to Houston Taylor, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Acquisition Management at the General Services Administration, about the agency's new contracting vehicle called Integrations.

Tuesday - 08/30/2011, 05:56pm EDT

DHS, GSA add firms to cyber purchase agreement

The Homeland Security Department and the General Services Administration have named 14 companies to a blanket purchase agreement to help agencies implement a Risk Management Framework for cybersecurity

Tuesday - 08/30/2011, 09:13am EDT
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