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12:29 am, May 29, 2015

Acquisition News

DoD ready for first 'skunk works' streamlined acquisition project

Over the past two years, the Pentagon has been looking to prove that some of its acquisition programs don't need to go through every single step of the department's slow and byzantine process. DoD finally has identified its first test case, and is looking for more.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:11am EDT

Bob Lohfeld, CEO, Lohfeld Consulting Group

Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is setting limits for when to use lowest price/technically acceptable procurement strategies. He says there are only four conditions when LPTA is appropriate to use. Bob Lohfeld is CEO of the Lohfeld Consulting Group, former chaiman of ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the new limits may be a sign DoD is trying to phase out LPTA.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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Van Hitch, Senior Adviser, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The Office of Management and Budget released its draft guidance for agency compliance with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act last week. FITARA gives federal CIOs greater budgetary responsibility, and a larger say in IT decisions. OMB's draft guidance attempts to help agencies navigate these new waters. Van Hitch is a senior adviser at Deloitte Consulting, and a former Justice Department CIO. As part of the Partnership for Public Service's SAGE Program, he was part of a team of former government officials who volunteered their time to review and comment on these draft guidelines at the request of OMB. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in it.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 09:25am EDT
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An update on GSA's transactional data reporting rule

Brian Miller, managing director in the Disputes and Investigations Practice at Navigant will give us his thoughts on GSA's transactional data reporting rule.
May 5, 2015

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 07:36pm EDT
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Michael Fischetti, Executive Director, NCMA

Three major actions in the acquisition pipeline are good signs for change that will serve the government better. Mike Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. He's writing about all three under the title "Change is happening, and in the right way." On In Depth with Francis Rose, Mike explained why he thinks he has to point out that the news on acquisition isn't all bad.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:52pm EDT
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Marketing to the federal government

Lisa Dezzutti and Monica Mayk of Market Connections join host Mark Amtower to discuss the top challenges that contractors face in marketing to the federal government, and how shrinking budgets are impacting marketing.
May 4, 2015

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:03pm EDT
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Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

The Defense Department competes about 60 percent of its contracts and task orders. DoD says the main reason it won't compete a contract is because only one company shows up to the bargaining table. Bill Woods is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked DoD's contract history to see if it's leaving money on the table.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:26pm EDT
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DHS's Unity of Effort seeds the roots of change

The Homeland Security Department marked the one-year anniversary of its initiative to create a more cohesive agency by launching a new acquisition innovations program.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 03:46am EDT

GSA to push vendors for more data on schedule price variances

The Federal Acquisition Service is launching the Competitive Pricing initiative. GSA is sending letters to vendors to figure out why there are price differences among the same or similar products and services.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 03:57am EDT
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The world of bid protests

Jason Carey and Luke Meier from McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, join host Roger Waldron to discuss the uptick in bid protests and what that means for government and industry.
April 28, 2015

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 07:10pm EDT
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Rob Coen, Director, IT Acquisition and Assessment Center, NIH

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a new governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC). The $20 billion contract, Chief Information Officers-Commodities and Solutions (CIO-CS) was divided among 65 total companies. It'll help provide the entire federal government with IT solutions. Rob Coen is the director of the agency's IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to further examine the GWAC.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:07am EDT
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Events! Nothing but events!

Kerry Rea, president of GovEvents.com, and Claudia Hosky, publisher of FedInsider.com, join host Mark Amtower to talk about the importance of business to government events.
April 27, 2015

Monday - 04/27/2015, 05:52pm EDT
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DHS continues to face acquisition management hurdles

Only two of the 22 Homeland Security Department programs the Government Accountability Office reviewed were on track to meet initial schedule and cost parameters. However, the GAO report's author is "cautiously optimistic" about DHS' efforts to improve its acquisition management.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 06:17pm EDT

Everett Pyatt, McCain Institute, Arizona State University

The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, proposes incremental steps to reform the defense acquisition process. But his ideas are just treating the symptoms of a dysfunctional system and don't address the root problems, according to Everett Pyatt, leader of the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership for the McCain Institute at Arizona State University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he identified conceptual flaws in the system that need to change to make defense acquisition reform permanent.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

The Office of Management and Budget has yet to release its guidance on implementing the last procurement reform bill to become law. But now another bill has already entered the pipeline. This one's called the Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act. House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry recently introduced it as a discussion draft, and now contractors are weighing in. Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss some of the changes the council is recommending.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:39am EDT
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Getting to the heart of federal procurement

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the state of federal procurement, the GSA multiple award schedule program, and strategic sourcing.
April 21, 2015

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 04:45pm EDT
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Majority of agencies meeting sustainable acquisition goals, OFPP says

A new report to Congress shows 17 of the 24 largest agencies bought sustainable products at least 95 percent of the time.

Tuesday - 04/21/2015, 02:21pm EDT

All things social

Geoff Livingston, president of Tenacity5 Media will discuss the state of social media with host Mark Amtower.
April 20, 2015

Monday - 04/20/2015, 08:57pm EDT
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Jeffrey Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA

Like the little engine that could, the General Services Administration never seems to stop the process of examining the rules, regulations and policies surrounding its many acquisition efforts. It's been busy on software procurement and several other issues. Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the Office of Government-wide Policy at GSA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what's cookin', and how it affects government buyers and contractors.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 09:57am EDT
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My two cents: Recommendations for the new federal CIO

Keith Trippie, the CEO of The Trippie Group and a former DHS official, calls for changes to how agencies hire IT workers, measure project success and integrate IT across all disciplines.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 03:39am EDT
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