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3:55 pm, March 5, 2015

Acquisition News

A race to the bottom: How lowest price, technically acceptable is shortchanging agencies

Agencies are doing themselves a disservice by looking mainly for the lowest bid, says Moe Jafari, the president and CEO of HumanTouch, in a new commentary.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 03:16am EST

The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
February 20, 2015

Friday - 02/20/2015, 06:41pm EST
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GSA, NOAA roar into March with major IT, services RFPs

The General Services Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan to release major IT and services solicitations in the coming month. The draft RFPs are part of the broader effort to change the government's approach to acquisition.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 03:52am EST
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Air Force claims $2 billion in acquisition savings from 'should-cost' management

Over five years, Air Force has beat the independent cost estimates in its acquisition programs by a collective $2 billion, according to the service's assistant secretary for acquisition. Some of the savings have been returned to the Air Force's top line, but acquisition managers have been allowed to plow some of the money back into their own programs.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 10:46am EST
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The Asia-Pacific Defense Outlook for 2015

Dr. Jack Midgely, director with Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting in Tokyo, discusses defense priorities and security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
February 17, 2015

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 05:14pm EST
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Contracting Commandment No. 7: Thou shalt avoid hostility

Running into problems with a contract? Choosing diplomacy over hostility is the smart move, says acquisition expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 11:41am EST

Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director and Chairman, Amplifier Ventures

President Barack Obama held the first White House Cybersecurity Summit and pushed for greater sharing of information with an Executive Order. And, the Federal Aviation Administration published rules for the use of small drones over the weekend. Jonathan Aberman is chairman of the venture capital firm Amplifier Ventures and founder of TandemNSI, a non-profit. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss the news.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:31am EST
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Content marketing in business to government

Business development and capture guru Carl Dickson discusses how contractors can improve their content marketing and business development efforts.
February 16, 2015

Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:05pm EST
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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.
February 16, 2015

Monday - 02/16/2015, 07:10pm EST
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GSA pitches acquisition reforms to Obama

The White House is interested government procurement. No, not the Office of Management and Budget, which includes the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, but the actual West Wing.

Monday - 02/16/2015, 04:51am EST

GAO adds IT acquisition, VA health care to High Risk List

The Government Accountability Office added two new issues to its ever-growing list of challenges for agencies. The biennial High Risk List includes six areas that have been problematic for 25 years.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:42am EST
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Work: DoD needs funding boost, but fixing readiness will take years

The military services say they've made some progress against the readiness levels they lost when sequestration first struck in 2013. The Pentagon's second- ranking official said Tuesday that momentum needs to be maintained, but DoD's challenges are as much about time as about money.

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:17am EST

Contracting Commandment No. 6: Thou shalt avoid political intervention

Be very wary of involving a member of Congress in your contracting affairs with an agency, says acquisition expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 02/10/2015, 03:29am EST

Q&A with Washington Technology's Nick Wakeman

Washington Technology Editor in Chief Nick Wakeman joins host Mark Amtower to discuss the top contracting stories in 2014, and what's ahead for contractors in 2015.
February 9, 2015

Monday - 02/09/2015, 07:53pm EST
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Accenture acquires IT contractor Agilex

Accenture Federal Services has agreed to acquire Agilex, a provider of digital solutions for the federal government, according to a press release from Accenture.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 07:19am EST

The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
February 6, 2015

Friday - 02/06/2015, 06:41pm EST
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GSA searching for right people to run category management

The General Services Administration is hiring a new assistant commissioner and subject matter experts to help move the category management initiative forward.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 07:20am EST

GSA's new contract to feed hunger for agile IT development services

With more business than it can handle, 18F hopes a new blanket purchase agreement for IT software development will prove the culture is changing. GSA will issue a final RFQ in the coming weeks and make the initial award in late spring.

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 05:00am EST
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The "cloud" from a contracting perspective

Alexander Major, an attorney at Sheppard Mullin, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the state of the cloud market and what cloud providers should consider when working with the federal government.
February 3, 2015

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 07:53pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies obligated more than $18 billion in spending against the Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract for IT services over the last five years. And one vendor got more than 10 percent of that revenue. In the latest edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about the winners under Alliant. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of those interesting trends.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 04:57pm EST
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