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Acquisition News

What's working in marketing to the government

Mark Amtower hosts a roundtable discussion of content marketing, thought leadership, and trends in the federal market.
December 15, 2014

Monday - 12/15/2014, 08:21pm EST
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Cristina Chaplain, Government Accountability Office

NASA's launch and re-entry of its Orion space capsule proved the vehicle might safely carry people into deep space. Someday. But when? That's the question NASA faces as it tries to meet ambitious deadlines with limited funds. A big challenge is developing the vehicle, the rocket necessary to launch it past the moon and the ground station support so they're all ready at the same time. The Government Accountability Office has been on top of this. Christina Chaplain, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to examine the agency's findings.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:31am EST
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DLA gives out gold stars to suppliers

Forty vendors now have a leg up in bidding on contracts with the Defense Logistics Agency. DLA became the second major Defense Department agency or service to publicly announce its superior supplier list.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:43am EST

Could solutions used to fight Ebola be a new model for procurement?

USAID's Ebola Grand Challenge opened the door for a new set of vendors to offer their products and services to the government. Contractor Doug Burr wonders if this could be a new way for agencies to procure products.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:21am EST

Time for OFPP to weigh in on use of reverse auctions

An interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:06am EST

DoD aims for more consistent decisions on ‘commercial' items

The Defense Contract Management Agency is creating a new team of dedicated pricing experts, looking for more consistent decisions within DoD about what constitutes a commercial product.

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:52am EST
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A pathway to transformation

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, will discuss a new report that looks at how to fix the defense acquisition system.
December 9, 2014

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 05:36pm EST
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Kymm McCabe, President and CEO, ASI Government

The first problem with IT procurement reform is that nobody has a clear idea of what it should look like. But a movement called Acquisition of the Future is trying to frame that vision of the future. That's according to Kymm McCabe -- she's CEO of ASI Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she shared a quote from Alice in Wonderland she thinks perfectly sums up the challenges facing IT procurement reform.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 04:40pm EST
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Contracting Myth No. 8: We can treat our federal customers the same way we treat our commercial clients

Failure to take two simple steps could spell big trouble for companies selling products and services to the government, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 12/09/2014, 05:33am EST

Mark Amtower: 30 years in the federal market

Guest host Tom Temin interviews Mark Amtower about his 30 year career as a consultant in the government contracting market.
December 8, 2014

Monday - 12/08/2014, 08:53pm EST
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IG: Patent and Trademark Office wasted $24 million on labor contracts

Slipshod administration led the Patent and Trademark Office to spend at least $24 million on risky labor contracts for unknown reasons, according to a report by the Commerce Department inspector general.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 11:27am EST

GSA wins last bid protest, reopens office supplies contract

The Government Accountability Office denied the sixth and final protest of the OS3 strategic sourcing contract awards. GSA expects the contract to save the government $90 million a year.

Monday - 12/08/2014, 03:22am EST

Jan Hamby, Chancellor, NDU'S iCollege

Many senior IT managers fight an uphill battle. Too often, they're seen just as the tech guy by senior level peers. Enter the National Defense University's Information Resources Management College or iCollege. For many years, it's been offering high-level, strategic education to both military and civilian IT and acquisition career employees. Navy Rear Adm. Jan Hamby is the new Chancellor of NDU's iCollege. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss where she hopes to take a venerable institution.

Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:14am EST
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

A new three-pronged approach to federal acquisition is out from the Administrator of Federal Procurement Policy, Anne Rung. The three prongs are: category management; acquisition, workforce, and talent development; and stronger relationships with vendors. Larry Allen is President of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the three prongs aren't a big surprise, but they'll be welcomed by industry.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 04:39pm EST
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OFPP's Rung rolls out 3-pronged acquisition improvement plan

Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Anne Rung has released a memo detailing a road map to create a new model for federal contracting. The administration will expand the concept of category management across the government, while also developing a cadre of IT acquisition experts and revamping the government's relationship with its vendors.

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 06:00am EST
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IT reform bill overcomes toughest hurdle on path to become law

The House and Senate Armed Services committee members agreed to keep a pared down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act in the final National Defense Authorization Act.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:19pm EST

Cheap IT, dwindling maintenance leave Navy vulnerable to cyber threats

Defense Department doctrine makes clear that cyberspace is a military domain, just like air, land, space and sea. But the Navy's top cyber officer said the procurement system hasn't yet caught onto that notion.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:33am EST
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Corporate citizenship & supporting our veterans

Robin Portman, executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton discusses some of the company's corporate initiatives, including a program to help veterans as they transition from the military to the civilian workforce.
December 2, 2014

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 08:54pm EST
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Contracting myth No. 7: Our proprietary information is safe with the government

There are a myriad of ways that doing business with the federal government differs from the commercial sector, and protection of a company's sensitive business information is one of them, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 03:34am EST

Cooperative purchasing agreements: How can they benefit you?

Consultant Harold Good and immixGrop co-founder and Senior Vice President Steve Charles give us their take on cooperative purchasing agreements.
December 1, 2014

Monday - 12/01/2014, 08:15pm EST
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