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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

All things acquisition

Host Mark Amtower will talk government acquistion with Jaime Gracia, President and CEO of Seville Government Consulting, and Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller.
August 29, 2011(Encore presentation September 12, 2011)

Monday - 08/29/2011, 09:14pm EDT
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A get-tough approach helpful in disciplining errant contractors?

Todd Canni, the Air Force Associate General Counsel, joined the Federal Drive to discuss a recent article he wrote dealing with contractor suspensions and debarments.

Friday - 08/26/2011, 09:52am EDT
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Navy targets December for NGEN RFP

The Department of Navy is moving in a different direction for the follow-on to the NMCI contract. Officials said they are unsure how many contract awards they will make.

Friday - 08/19/2011, 04:18pm EDT
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GenDyn, BAE awarded $900M Ground Combat Vehicle contract

The Army awarded General Dynamics and BAE Systems contracts for the technology development phase of the Ground Combat Vehicle contract.

Friday - 08/19/2011, 09:59am EDT

DoD cyber pilot program with contractors shows promise

Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said a new pilot program that allows for more cybersecurity information sharing between the Pentagon and contractors appears to be working well.

Thursday - 08/18/2011, 10:43am EDT

General Dynamics buying Vangent for $960M

Defense contractor General Dynamics said Tuesday it will expand its health care information technology business by buying Vangent Holding Corp. for about $960 million in cash.

Tuesday - 08/16/2011, 06:15pm EDT

Does debt panel need bigger Pentagon chopping block?

Jim McAleese, of McAleese and Associates, joined the Federal Drive to discuss how the super committee's deficit cuts could affect the Defense Department's budget and its acquisition.

Tuesday - 08/16/2011, 09:39am EDT
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Golden decade for defense companies ending

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down, Osama bin Laden is dead, and the federal government is deeply in debt. This spells the end of what was a golden decade for the defense industry.

Monday - 08/15/2011, 06:24pm EDT
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