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For DoD, better buying demands high quality acquisition workers

The Pentagon releases Better Buying Power 2.0 with a new focus on professionalizing the procurement workforce. The updated program includes seven major focus areas with 36 initiatives. Ashton Carter, the deputy secretary of Defense, said version 2.0 takes the lessons learned and data from the last two years to further improve efficiency and cost savings of DoD procurement.

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 05:36am EST
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Bid protests increase in 2012, nearing 15-year high

The number of bid protests filed in fiscal 2012 ticked up 5 percent from last year to 2,475 cases - more than any year since 1995, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 07:32pm EST

VA contract moves 600,000 email users to the cloud

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a five- year, $36 million contract to HP Enterprise Services to move 600,000 VA users to the cloud for email and calendar use.

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 12:30pm EST

What's ahead for contractors?

Deltek's Ray Bjorklund and Kevin Plexico will talk about how contractors will be affected by sequestration and other issues.
November 12, 2012(Encore presentation November 26, 2012)

Monday - 11/12/2012, 07:44pm EST
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Compliance and the Civil False Claims Act

Jack Horan, partner at McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP, talks about compliance issues in the Multiple Award Schedule program.
November 6, 2012(Encore presentation December 4, 2012)

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 06:53pm EST
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USPS countersues Northrop Grumman for contract overruns

Nearly six months ago, Northrop Grumman filed a $179 million lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service, alleging the agency delayed and disrupted its work on a multimillion-dollar contract to create and install high-tech mail sorters. Now, USPS has countered those claims, alleging the company actually owes it millions of dollars because the contract ran over schedule, according to documents obtained by Federal News Radio.

Friday - 11/02/2012, 08:25pm EDT

Campaign issue comparison & campaign finance

On this week's Bloomberg Government Capital Impact show, analysts will discuss the presidential candidate's positions on defense spending and their energy policies. Also, who is contributing to the campaigns?
November 1, 2011

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 06:09pm EDT
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Marketing in the social media age

This week host Mark Amtower interviews best-seller and marketing guru David Meerman Scott on trends in social media and his new book "NewsJacking."
October 29, 2012(Encore presentation December 10, 2012)

Monday - 10/29/2012, 04:29am EDT
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Army looks 30 years into future on acquisition, modernization

The service's new acquisition strategy tries to imagine the Army's needs over the next three decades as the focus shifts away from large counterinsurgency and stability operations.

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 11:58am EDT
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GSA sending resources, expertise to rescue SAM

Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini shifted responsibility for the troubled System for Award Management to the CIO's office and the Federal Acquisition Service and out of the Office of Governmentwide Policy. GSA is reconsidering all of its options, including possibly recompeting the contract for SAM. OASIS, Networks 2020 and changes to the schedules program also are making progress.

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 07:15am EDT
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Multiple award contracts, blanket purchase agreements and Verizon

David Dowd, a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, discusses three significant bid protests involving blanket purchase agreements.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 08:19pm EDT
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DoD opens bidding for secure mobile device project

DISA wants a secure mobile device manager and app store to support at least 162,000 Apple and Android mobile devices. Contract would begin next spring.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 12:07pm EDT

DHS details services, tools needed to better defend federal networks

The draft solicitation asks for 15 toolsets and 11 service areas to help agencies implement continuous monitoring as-a-service and to buy sensors. DHS has asked vendors on GSA Schedule 70 to comment on the requirements.

Monday - 10/22/2012, 05:38pm EDT

Unions, watchdog groups renew call for capping 'exorbitant' contractor salaries

A collection of federal unions and watchdogs groups wrote to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee urging support for a law capping taxpayer-funded contracting compensation costs at $230, 700 the maximum salary earned by the highest-paid federal employees.

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 06:05pm EDT

Business development and capture management

Host Mark Amtower discusses capture analytics and other contracting topics with Lohfeld Consulting CEO Bob Lohfeld.
October 15, 2012(Encore presentation November 5, 2012)

Monday - 10/15/2012, 09:27pm EDT
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Sequestration, federal hiring and contracting

Linda Rix, Co-CEO of Avue Technologies will talk about how contractors and hiring managers are being impacted by the threat of sequestration.
October 12, 2012

Friday - 10/12/2012, 11:48pm EDT
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Swing states, tax code and the fiscal cliff

On this week's Bloomberg Government Capital Impact show, analysts will examine the challenges facing the swing state of Virginia. Plus, what does Arizona Senator John McCain think about the U.S. tax code and other financial issues.
October 11, 2012

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 07:07pm EDT
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DoD bans entertainment, swag at conferences

No more motivational speakers, musicians or promotional swag. The Defense Department is banning entertainment-related expenses at its conferences, according to a new memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 11:30am EDT

HUBZone program in transition after losing 30 percent of firms

Federal agencies already have had a hard time meeting their goal to award 3 percent of contract dollars to small businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone). But the 2010 Census wiped out more than 30 percent of the HUBZone companies certified by the Small Business Administration leaving agencies searching for new firms and decertified firms trying to figure out what's next.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 05:00am EDT

EPA, USDA break through small business contracting barriers

The federal government as a whole has consistently missed its goal to award 23 percent of its contract dollars to small businesses. But the government also has examples of agencies bucking that trend. In part two of our special report, The Small Business Dilemma, Federal News Radio speaks with several agencies' about how they're succeeding in the small business contracting arena.

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 05:00am EDT
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