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8:54 am, October 22, 2014

Acquisition News

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

For the first time in seven years, government leaders expect agencies to meet a major contracting goal. They awarded 23 percent of all prime contracts to small firms last year. But some in the contracting community see warning signs that signal bigger problems. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why some want to rain on the small business success parade. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:48am EDT
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Pentagon sees new risks to industrial base during current spending downturn

The Defense Department and the industries it depends on have made their way through budget downturns before, but this one is different. Both budgets and threats are uncertain.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:43am EDT
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Concerns over contract bundling cast shadow over 2013 small business successes

All signs are pointing to the fact that despite the government spending less overall on acquisition last year, agencies met the statutory goal of awarding at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. Experts say contract consolidation and bundling will negatively impact small firms in the coming years.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:16am EDT

GSA names ombudsman to give industry a louder voice

Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the General Services Administration, said the ombudsman will help vendors navigate the acquisition bureaucracy and ensure the agency is hearing and addressing challenges and concerns. It's one of several steps GSA is taking to improve vendor and agency customer satisfaction.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:44am EDT
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Budget pressures shrink federal contract spending by 11 percent

Following a year of widespread budget uncertainty, federal contract spending fell by 11 percent, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg Government. All told, agency contract spending tumbled from $516.3 billion in fiscal 2012 to $462.1 billion last year, the report found.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT
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GSA's new contracting policy tackles IG's concerns about management interference

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe tried to balance the need for management oversight with contracting officer autonomy. But some in industry worry that the new memo does nothing more than add more paperwork to a broken process.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:15am EDT
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Trends in Big MACs

Bloomberg Government analyst Brian Friel will talk about last year's largest multiple award contracts and trends in contract usage for big Macs.
April 22, 2014

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 06:38pm EDT
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What is the Federal Communicators Network?

David Hebert and Cori Bassett from the Federal Communicators Network, will talk about the organization, and the services it provides to communications professionals in the federal government.
April 21, 2014

Monday - 04/21/2014, 08:23pm EDT
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Air Force presses vendors to tackle supply chain costs

In a budget environment in which cost overruns are very likely to lead to canceled programs, the Air Force says it's pressing it prime vendors to remove any costs they possibly can from their subcontracted supplier base.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 04:07am EDT
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John Adams, Defense Acquisition University

The Defense Department is looking at programs to cut back or kill because of budget pressures. When you get the work to terminate your program, you don't just stop. The Defense Acquisition University's Smart Shutdown guide book tells you how to shut down the right way. John Adams, director of the specialty engineering education and training program and professor of acquisition program management and systems engineering at the Defense Acquisition University, was Francis Rose's guest on Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:17pm EDT
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The state of the national security market

David Ramirez, general manager of the Federal Solutions business unit at the L-3 National Security Solutions group, will discuss innovation and what agencies are looking for in terms of services and technologies.
April 15, 2014

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Industry Council

The Obama administration says discrimination is partly to blame for a pay gap between men and women. But Congressional Republicans are skeptical. They have balked at a bill to address pay inequality. In the meantime, President Barack Obama has signed an executive order for federal contractors. They will have to report to the Labor Department detailed salary information broken down by race and gender. They also won't be able to retaliate against employees who discuss salary. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for the public sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how contractors are reacting to the executive order. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:33am EDT
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What topics are trending for the federal workforce?

Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of the hottest topics in the federal government.
April 11, 2014

Friday - 04/11/2014, 08:08pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OMB not a farm team, Strategic sourcing on steroids

In this week's Reporter's Notebook column, Executive Editor Jason Miller ponders Sylvia Burwell's jump from OMB to HHS and GSA's pumped up approach to buying.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:50pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

"Efficiency and Effectiveness" we hear that phrase all the time in government. At the Defense Department, it's taking on a new meaning. DoD can no longer spend more of its time worrying about the effectiveness of its acquisition programs at the expense of efficiency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how DoD is addressing its long muted focus on efficient buying. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:32am EDT
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DoD's latest efficiency push revolves around service contracting

A group of functional domain experts are reaching out to the military services and agencies to look at service contracting spending across 12 areas. The Defense Department's goal is to use strategic sourcing to improve how it buys in these categories. The Army created a governance board to bring together all stakeholders during specific points of the acquisition process to find opportunities to collaborate.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:25am EDT

All things AFCEA

Kent Schneider, president and CEO of AFCEA, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about the organization, and its activities in the government market.
April 14, 2014

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 09:28pm EDT
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Navy looks to overhaul acquisition processes for aviation systems

The Naval Air Systems Command's acquisition practices are laden with so much unnecessary costs that its commander worries about its ability to meet its mission to the fleet a few years from now. NAVAIR's commander said it's time to rethink the way it engages the acquisition system and with industry.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 04:55am EDT
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Christopher Pernin, RAND Arroyo Center

The rapid acquisition policy the Army uses in Afghanistan could be moving too quickly. The department can customize how it uses the Defense Acquisition System to make sure war fighters get what they need. But the Army's information technology systems might need a slower approach. Christopher Pernin, director of the Force Development and Technology Program at the RAND Arroyo Center and a senior physical scientist and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, tells In Depth with Francis Rose they believe the Army can use acquisition policies it already has to improve its IT systems.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 06:06pm EDT
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DoD plots third chapter in Better Buying Power initiative

The latest edition of the Defense Department's effort to buy more capability without more money will emphasize the idea of bringing outside innovation into the military acquisition process.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:50am EDT
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