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11:18 pm, December 17, 2014

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Norton's proposed bill rewards contractors for fair labor practices

When Congress resumes, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton is set to introduce a bill that directs federal agencies to give preferential points to federal government vendors based on their labor practices. Norton's is the latest in a series of bills and orders designed to improve working conditions for federal contracting employees.

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 05:04pm EDT

DOD asks leaders to grade RFPs earlier in acquisitions

Katrina McFarland, the assistant secretary of Defense for acquisition, said senior officials review solicitations before they get Milestone A approval to move into the technology development phase. This type of analysis had been missing previously or only done after it was too late.

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:33am EDT
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An "under the hood" look at procurement

Tom Sisti, chief legislative counsel at SAP will discuss procurement reform and the challenges facing the procurement system.
October 28, 2014

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 06:01pm EDT
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Government Contracting Myth No. 2: We should always protest

A company's reputation is an important part of its success and its reputation could be harmed if it is known as a business that protests everything, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This post is the second in the 10-part series, "10 Myths of Government Contracting."

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 05:00am EDT

DISA shops for expansion of its classified commercial smartphone service

The Defense Information Systems Agency is looking for a vendor that can support up to 2,000 smartphones that store and transmit classified data, part of DoD's gradual evolution beyond the SME-PED, a $3,000 handheld that only runs on 2G networks.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 10:47am EDT

DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on workforce

Readers of Robert Gates' biography will remember that one of the former Defense secretary's biggest disappointments was how much effort and political capital he had to personally expend to get the DoD acquisition system to deliver results to the field when there was no clear constituency for a given program within the bureaucracy of the military services. But Andrew Hunter, the director of DoD's rapid acquisition cell says senior leaders have come to realize that they should be able to acquire urgent items quickly without the secretary of Defense having to effectively become the program manager.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 10:17am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Declassifying cyber doctrine, institutionalizing rapid acquisition and credit card perks

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon declassifies its long-awaited joint doctrine for cyberspace operations; DoD tries to institutionalize gains on rapid acquisition, but much depends on the workforce; the Pentagon announces several policy changes to cut travel expenses; and DISA shops for expansion of its classified commercial smartphone service.

Monday - 10/27/2014, 04:18am EDT

What does Capgemini bring to the government market?

Capgemini CEO Doug Lane and Barbara Rosenbaum, vice president of Federal, join host Mark Amtower to talk about the company and its plans to become a bigger presence in the federal market.
October 27, 2014

Friday - 10/24/2014, 08:14pm EDT
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Keith Trippie, CEO, Trippie Group

Christmas is almost exactly two months away. Wish lists for Santa Claus are already filling up across government. One of them is an acquisition wish list. It's from Keith Trippie -- he's CEO of the Trippie Group -- and former Executive Director of the Enterprise System Development Office in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Homeland Security Departement. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Keith explained why he's writing his list to Santa in the first place.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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What does real procurement reform look like?

Steve Schooner, Nash & Cibinic professor of Government Procurement Law and co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at the George Washington University Law School, will discuss procurement reform and other acquisition issues with host Roger Waldron.
October 21, 2014

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 08:57pm EDT
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Understanding acquisition needs key to training workforce, experts say

Knowing and appreciating the industry side of the acquisitions process is key to training the acquisition workforce of the future, according to two acquisition experts.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 12:07pm EDT
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GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:58am EDT

Government Contracting Myth No. 1: We should never protest

In the first part of a 10-part series on government contracting, expert Tim Sullivan says even if a company has a no-protest policy, it is na´ve to believe that it can completely insulate itself from the protest process.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:52am EDT

GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 06:16pm EDT

Real procurement reform needs to come from within, experts say

Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, and Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council discuss what hurdles stand in the way of real procurement reform as part of Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:57pm EDT
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As the IT, acquisition world turns: Army gets new deputy CIO

The churn among federal CIOs and others in the IT community has been uncommonly high over the last year.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 04:13pm EDT

Communication, transparency key to successful procurements

Like virtually everything in the federal government, the relationship federal agencies and industry organizations is complex. Contracts, buying and selling are just a small piece of the pie. Communication and collaboration are key factors that must exist in the pipeline between the public and private sectors. As part of our special report, the Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio hosted a panel with acquisition experts.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 09:49am EDT

Anybody got a $1,000 toilet seat?

Remember the good old days when federal buyers were paying $435 for a claw hammer? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey does and wonders whether the federal government ever really learned its lesson.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Melissa Starinsky, Chancellor, VA Acquisition Academy

The acquisition workforce is issue number one for just about every person Federal News Radio has talked to as part of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus - taking stock for the future. Melissa Starinsky is chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said they're realizing some success in training the acquisition workforce of the future.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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Stan Soloway, PSC, and Roger Waldron, CGP

It's day three of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus -- taking stock for the future. What aspects of the procurement process should the government preserve or replicate across government? Stan Soloway is president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government. They joined In Depth with Francis Rose to explain what's working well in the procurement process.

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:11pm EDT
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