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6:44 am, March 6, 2015

Acquisition News

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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3 incentives to encourage the adoption of the cyber framework

Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said to encourage adoption of the critical infrastructure cyber framework, the government would focus on streamlining regulations, cybersecurity research and development and federal procurement policies and practice.

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

OMB seeks approval for agencies to ante up $15M for cross-agency goals

The White House proposed in its 2016 budget request to Congress that lawmakers approve the interagency transfer of money to pay for long-term progress against the 17 cross-agency objectives.

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 03:53am EST

Marketing tips for your small business

Business development expert and consultant Bob Davis joins host Mark Amtower to discuss how marketing has changed over the years and what that means for your company.
February 2, 2015

Monday - 02/02/2015, 07:55pm EST
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Trends on GSA's Alliant that make you go, hmmm

The Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract for IT services widely has been considered one of the most successful multiple award contracts over the last decade. Two recent blogs highlight some interesting trends.

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

McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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DoD's proposals aim to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:10am EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST

2014: A year in review

Carolyn Alston and Bill Gormley with the Coalition for Government Procurement, look back at what happened in government wide contracting in 2014, and what's ahead in the new year.
January 27, 2015

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 05:31pm EST
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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.
January 26, 2015

Monday - 01/26/2015, 08:15pm EST
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Contracting officers not given tools, support to take risks, be innovative

A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:04am EST
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

The General Services Administration's 18F wants input from vendors on how they could use Schedule 70 for agile development. But the model for agile development in government is already available for 18F, and anyone else that wants to use it. Roger Waldron is President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said GSA's own schedules program is the answer.

Thursday - 01/22/2015, 04:25pm EST
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New House Armed Services Committee chair vows DoD reform agenda, starting with acquisition

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says defense acquisition reform is an essential element of his agenda. But the approach will be slow and steady.

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 03:48am 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.
January 20, 2015

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 05:14pm EST
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FedBid splits into two, names Jordan CEO of new public sector company

The reverse auction vendor says its decision to split up its federal and commercial businesses has nothing to do with the critical Veterans Affairs inspector general report from September. Joe Jordan said FedBid has taken several steps to ensure any problems highlighted by the IG are resolved.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 07:00am EST

Contracting Commandment #3: Start from the bottom up when dealing with a problem

If you've got a problem or concern when dealing with a government agency on a contract, acquisition expert Tim Sullivan says it's best to start from the ground up to fix the issue. In his latest commentary, he says going over someone's head could hurt your company in the long run.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 04:00am EST

Marketing tips for your small business

Business development expert and consultant Bob Davis joins host Mark Amtower to discuss how marketing has changed over the years and what that means for your company.
January 19, 2015

Monday - 01/19/2015, 07:55pm EST
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FITARA implementation begins

The Chief Information Officer's Council held a meeting last week to discuss the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act and ensure there is consistent implementation across the government.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:33pm EST

August Cole, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

New acquisition initiatives are out from the Air Force. The search for innovation in acquisition takes many IT leaders in government to Silicon Valley. August Cole is Director of the Art of Future War program in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also a writer-in-residence at Avascent. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the defense industrial base should engage Silicon Valley.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Air Force to reshape 'cost curve' via targeted acquisition reforms

A new series of acquisition changes called "Bending the Cost Curve" aims to make the overall Air Force acquisition process more responsive to technological advances, and reduce the time it takes to buy major weapons systems. The Air Force Research Lab will host a technology challenge program with the largest award in military history.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:00am EST
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