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Acquisition Policy News

EXCLUSIVE: DHS directorate withdraws controversial vendor checklist

The National Protection and Programs Directorate said it would not put a contractor communication guidance in place that would have required agency leaders to answer 15 questions before meeting with companies. Industry experts said the draft guidance would have had a chilling effect on agency-contractor communication.

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 05:40am EDT
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Multiple award contracts

Bloomberg Government Federal Business Analyst Brian Friel talks about why multiple award contracts have become so popular and where the government market is headed.
July 24, 2012

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 09:47pm EDT
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All things Web 2.0

Jaime Gracia, Guy Timberlake, and Evan Weisel, join host Mark Amtower to disucss everything you need to know about social media.
July 23, 2012(Encore presentation August 13, 2012)

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 12:35am EDT
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FAR Council proposes rule for overseas contractors

The FAR Council wants to implement governmentwide requirements to increase the oversight of security personnel abroad.

Monday - 07/23/2012, 07:15pm EDT

OFPP trying to solve major vendor data inconsistency

The office asked for industry comment on how to get better data into the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System. OFPP asked for input on seven questions.

Friday - 07/20/2012, 02:20pm EDT

Oversight and compliance challenges

Host Roger Waldron talks government oversight with Ken Donohue of the Reznick Group.
July 17, 2012

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 09:05pm EDT
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OMB to expand vendor offices after initial successful tests

The Veterans Affairs Department said it saved $40 million by using this centralized approach to managing contractors. vendor management organizations also help agencies buy more strategically. OFPP plans to expand strategic sourcing and sets a $2 billion savings goal by 2015.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 05:43am EDT
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All things small biz

Author Steve Koprince will talk about his book and the challenges facing small business contractors.
July 9, 2012(Encore presentation August 6, 2012)

Monday - 07/09/2012, 07:36pm EDT
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Obama appoints DoD acquisition policy chief to head spending watchdog

President Barack Obama announced he will appoint Richard Ginman, the director of Defense Department procurement policy, to chair the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GATB), a spending and transparency watchdog. Ginman has served as the director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) for a little more than year.

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 08:18pm EDT

GSA schedules

Carolyn Alston, executive vice president and general counsel for the Coaltiion for Government Procurement, talks about what's ahead for the GSA Multiple Award Schedules Program.
July 3, 2012

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 08:17pm EDT
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What's ahead for small business?

Tom Johnson, publisher of Set-Aside Alert talks about the challenges facing contractors.
July 2, 2012(Encore presentation August 20, 2012)

Monday - 07/02/2012, 11:37pm EDT
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GSA's OASIS contract to streamline professional services offerings

The General Services Administration is months away from releasing details of its newest contract vehicle that will allow agencies to find professional services solutions across disciplines. OASIS program manager Jim Ghiloni gave a status update on the contract.
June 26, 2012(Encore presentation July 10, 2012)

Tuesday - 06/26/2012, 01:22pm EDT
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Election preview

Host Roger Waldron talks about the upcoming fall elections with former Virginia congressman, and Deloitte Federal Government Affairs Director Tom Davis.
June 19, 2012

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 08:40pm EDT
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GSA considers alternatives to track contractors

For decades, the General Services Administration has contracted with the company Dun & Bradstreet to provide unique identifying numbers for businesses. These numbers called Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS numbers allow GSA to track contractors and other recipients of federal funds. But the cost of using this service has grown from $1 million in 2002 to about $19 million per year under the current contract.

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 11:20am EDT
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All things SEWP

Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP talks about the government wide contract vehicle and its goals and missions for the future.
June 18, 2012(Encore presentation July 16, 2012)

Monday - 06/18/2012, 09:42pm EDT
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Contractors experience limited communication between industry, agencies

IBM Federal General Manager Todd Ramsey busts myths about government procurement. Although well-conceived, he said current acquisition procedures do more harm than good.

Monday - 06/18/2012, 02:55pm EDT
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DHS improving aim to stop counterfeits at the borders

The Homeland Security Department is taking a two-pronged approach to protecting the federal supply chain. The first addresses the DHS mission cargo crossing into the U.S. The second is an interagency effort to ensure the government is working together on investigations. DHS said seizures of counterfeit goods at the border increased by 20 percent in 2011.

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:26am EDT
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Agencies given how-to guide for modular, agile IT contracting

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel and Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan released the guidance that highlights possible risks or challenges, and offers checklists, templates and other tools to make the move to this smaller, more outcome based approach easier for agencies.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 02:44pm EDT

Agencies, vendors ramping up to fight supply chain cyber threats

The White House, Congress, DoD and many others are trying to stem the tide of counterfeit products and software with malicious code from entering federal systems. The administration soon will release recommendations for how all agencies and vendors can improve the security of their products. DoD issued a memo in March requiring changes to how services protect their supply chains.

Friday - 06/15/2012, 12:59pm EDT
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Suspension, debarment numbers don't tell full story

Despite mounting pressure from certain quarters of the government and Congress to more aggressively suspend and debar irresponsible contractors, some agencies only rarely, if ever, do so. Rob Burton, the former acting administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said data on suspensions and debarments isn't always an apples-to-apples comparison.

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 09:32pm EDT
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