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GSA, EPA to green government using IT schedules

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 05:06pm EDT

Acquisition workforce showing signs of change

OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said the morale of contracting officers and other acquisition workers is improving. OPM issued a new IT program and project management competency guidance.

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 11:52am EDT

Contractors brace for debt debate outcome

Alan Boykin, chief learning officer at the National Contract Management Association, told Federal News Radio that government and industry should keep the lines of communication open, especially as uncertainty abounds about how the failure to raise the debt ceiling would impact federal spending.

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 10:08am EDT
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Could DCAA proposals have led to big savings?

Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss recent speculation that the Defense Department ignored proposals from the Defense Contract Audit Agency nearly two years ago.

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 04:50pm EDT
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Agencies getting tougher on contractors?

Faced with increasingly tighter federal budgets, agency leaders are getting tougher on contract spending. The Office of Management and Budget announced in March that spending on federal contracting had actually declined for the first time in more than a decade. Also, earlier this month, OMB directed agencies to cut spending on service contracts by 15 percent.

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 04:43pm EDT
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DoD savings won't target industry profits

Even though a short era of ever-increasing military budgets has come to a close, Pentagon leaders said Monday their quest to find savings in defense spending is not aimed at reducing the profitability of contractors.

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 06:48am EDT
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Inside the intelligence community, part II

Host Bob Leins is joined by Ellen McCarthy, President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. They talk about what you need to know if you are interested in working in intelligence.
July 18, 2011

Monday - 07/18/2011, 09:39pm EDT
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Reporters' Roundup: DoD bottom line will look very different

These are the stories Federal News Radio reporters are working on today.

Monday - 07/18/2011, 07:54pm EDT
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In Depth: Tracking, controlling DoD costs

Monday - 07/18/2011, 05:11pm EDT
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DoD tries new system to improve acquisition decision-making

Mark E. Krzysko, deputy director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, told Federal News Radio about the new system the Pentagon is using to improve acquisition. The Acquisition Visibility program gives DoD officials on-demand access to procurement data.

Friday - 07/15/2011, 03:07pm EDT
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DoD too slow in assessing workforce needs

GAO finds the Pentagon isn't moving fast enough in improving the skills of their workforce. House lawmakers focused in the acquisition workforce, specifically. DoD defended its efforts, pointing to the 8,600 new acquisition workers hired over the past few years.

Friday - 07/15/2011, 06:50am EDT

Industry Chatter: Jerry Edgerton on agencies' cyber posture

Blue Ridge Networks' Jerry Edgerton talks cybersecurity trends and what measures agencies should take to protect themselves on Industry Chatter with Francis Rose.

Thursday - 07/14/2011, 06:08pm EDT
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NASA should revise contract termination policy, GAO says

As terminations become more likely due to tightening budgets, GAO said NASA needs to develop more guidance for its acquisition professionals. Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisitions and sourcing management at GAO, spoke with Federal News Radio about the recommendations.

Wednesday - 07/13/2011, 05:35pm EDT
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SBA program helps agencies meet contracting goals

Bill Elmore is the SBA's deputy associate administrator for the veterans office of business development. He told Federal News Radio how the Patriot Express program works.

Friday - 07/01/2011, 12:38pm EDT
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Tips for succeeding as a small business contractor

Nancy Suslov is chairwoman of the Alliant Small Business Council.

Friday - 07/01/2011, 12:26pm EDT
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Navy awards hundreds of contracts under SeaPort-E program

The Navy awards contracts to 333 companies under its SeaPort-E services acquisition program.

Wednesday - 06/29/2011, 02:31pm EDT

DoD trying to take cost out of operations

Beth McGrath, DoD's deputy chief management officer, said reworking acquisition regulations will include new ways to buy technology and promote agile development. The Pentagon is targeting everything from the way it buys technology to standardizing business systems in an effort to save money and become more efficient. DoD wants to standardize 15 common, commercial business processes.

Wednesday - 06/29/2011, 08:28am EDT
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VA outlines key procurement initiatives

Jan Frye, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses the VA's key procurement initiatives.
June 28, 2011(Encore presentation August 9, 2011)

Tuesday - 06/28/2011, 05:16pm EDT
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Federal Newscast - June 21, 2011

Newscast stories heard on the June 21, 2011, edition of In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 06/21/2011, 09:04pm EDT

10 ways to waste your agency's money

We all know agencies are facing major budget cuts. And despite these cuts many agencies are still wasting precious bid and proposal (B&P) dollars. Federal News Radio's Francis Rose spoke with with John Chierichella, partner in the Government Contracts and Regulated Industries Practice Group at Sheppard Mullin, about 10 ways your agency is wasting B&P.

Tuesday - 06/21/2011, 08:50pm EDT
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