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11:46 am, October 22, 2014

Acquisition News

Jim Williams, Partner, Schambach & Williams Consulting

On the second day of our three-day series, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we're focusing on people and what improvements can be made to acquisition training and the workforce. Jim Williams is former acting commissioner at the General Services Administration and the top acquisition official at the IRS. Williams joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss all things procurement and the current state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:30am EDT
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Successful DoD acquisition programs start with funding for the workforce

The success of defense acquisition will always depend on the capability of a limited number of people inside and outside government whose resources of time and attention are finite. Increased skill, relevant experiences, and cultural adjustment of the workforce will occur only gradually and only with adequate funding and congressional oversight, says contracting expert Jonathan Etherton.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:29am EDT

Why leadership, not Congress, is key to acquisition reform

NCMA Executive Director Michael Fischetti and Tom Davis, former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, conclude that better leadership will get the acquisition process where it needs to be.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:23am EDT

Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we examine bid and contract award protests. In the grand scheme of things 1,600 protests don't amount to much stacked next to the one or two million contract actions each year. Former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:20am EDT
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VA exec at center of FedBid procurement scandal retires

Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration deputy chief procurement officer, resigned and retired Oct. 14. She sent an email to staff announcing her decision as VA had started the process to fire her.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Marcia Madsen, Partner, Mayer Brown

Compliance is a bigger part of the acquisition world than ever. Peeling off some layers of compliance, while keeping enough compliance oversight to make sure everyone's doing what they should, could save money for the government and lead to a better outcome for the agencies. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Marcia Madsen, partner at Mayer Brown and former chairwoman of the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a lot of the issues members of Congress are talking about today are things the SARA panel looked at in 2006.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:28pm EDT
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Tom Davis, Government Relations Director, Deloitte

Acquisition reform is one of the most popular subjects on Capitol Hill right now. The likely next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), is leading a task force on defense acquisition reform. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations just published a collection of essays from acquisition experts on the next steps for reform. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Tom Davis, director of government relations for Deloitte and former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's changed since the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel presented its work to his committee eight years ago.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:19pm EDT
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Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, U.S. Army

Sometimes you have a plan but contingencies come up and force you to change. That's the situation the Army finds itself in. The service is taking a close look at how budget constraints and blossoming global conflicts are forcing it to adjust. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson is military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and director of Acquisition Career Management. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the U.S. Army Expo.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:11pm EDT
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Bill Greenwalt, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Today is the first of a three-day series here at Federal News Radio called The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform. Today's focus is legislating reform. Over the years, what statutes have made the most impact, what have been the least successful and what pending legislation holds the most promise? The Clinger-Cohen act changed the landscape of federal procurement back in 1996. It gave agencies more authority and formalized the CIO position. Bill Greenwalt is a former Senate staff member who helped pen Clinger-Cohen, formally known as the Information Technology Management Reform Act. He's now a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Greenwalt joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why the Clinger-Cohen act was needed to update the prevailing law at the time.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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New isn't always better when it comes to acquisition law

Regular review of the federal government's acquisition laws and regulations is appropriate, and even necessary, in order to keep up with changing times and circumstances. Enacting new laws, however, isn't always the solution, unless we fully understand and analyze our past paths, says acquisition policy expert Cathleen Garman.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:47am EDT

Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

Acquisition Legislation Timeline

The practices and procedures for how the federal government procures goods and services did not happen overnight. They were established by multiple pieces of legislation over many decades.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:51am EDT

Are you guilty of procurement?

Uncle Sam is the biggest, shopper, consumer, buyer in the world. Everything from aircraft and weapons systems to protective suits used by medical personnel dealing with Ebola. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey preview's Federal News Radio's special report, "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform."

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Content marketing: How to make it work for you

Elizabeth Harr of Hinge Marketing will discuss the benefits of content marketing and how to make it work for your agency or business.
October 13, 2014

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:09pm EDT
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Scraping off the barnacles of the defense acquisition system

William Greenwalt, the former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, says its long overdue to update the way the Defense Department purchases goods and services.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 04:25pm EDT
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Agencies get 2017 deadline to move to new procurement ID standard

The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council issued a final rule Monday detailing the timeframe and steps agencies must take to begin using the Procurement Instrument Identification (PIID) numbering system. The PIID only is for new contracting actions after the effective date.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 01:35pm EDT

SARA not the be-all and end-all for acquisition reform

Tom Davis, director of government relations at Deloitte and former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said acquisition offices haven't improved much since Congress passed SARA in 2003.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 11:58am EDT
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Governmentwide cloud contracting efforts missing key ingredients, IGs find

The Council of Inspectors General analyzed 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies and found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Auditors found these shortcomings could put data and systems at a greater risk to cyber attack or data theft.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 06:39am EDT
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Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Big changes are coming to one corner of the General Services Administration in January. GSA's Federal Acquisition Service plans to overhaul its professional contracts by consolidating several multiple award contracts into one big schedule. The new vehicle could generate more than $5 billion in sales. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:34pm EDT
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What's going on in federal hiring?

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.
October 10, 2014

Friday - 10/10/2014, 08:17pm EDT
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