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Contractors have stronger role in 'Mythbusters' part II

Alan Chvotkin, the vice president and general counsel of the Professional Services Council, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the role played by contractors in dispelling falsehoods about agency-contractor contractor communication.

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 06:45pm EST
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OFPP's Gordon reflects on mythbusters, acquisition workforce

Host Roger Waldron talks procurement and other issues with Dan Gordon, outgoing administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget.
December 20, 2011(Encore presentation January 3, 2011)

Tuesday - 12/20/2011, 06:30pm EST
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Analysis: Friction increasing between agencies, vendors

A new report from GAO shows vendors filed the largest number of bid protests in 2011 since 1995. At the same time, a recent report shows increased use of suspension and debarment. These two reports show a growing tension between agencies and vendors.

Monday - 12/05/2011, 05:36am EST

Exclusive: Gordon stresses future continuity as he prepares to leave

OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon looks back on his tenure highlighting the successes of his office. Gordon will become the associate dean of contracts law at The George Washington University in January. He said improvements to the acquisition workforce and the implementation of strategic sourcing are among his accomplishments.

Monday - 11/28/2011, 05:08am EST
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Push for more suspension, debarments receives mixed reactions

Procurement experts say the increased use of this punishment is the "death penalty" for the vendors. Lawmakers say agencies need penalize bad actors more aggressively.

Friday - 11/18/2011, 05:20am EST
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OFPP warns against cuts to acquisition workforce

Progress has been made in better recruiting and training the acquisition workforce, but budget cuts could threaten years of progress, outgoing OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said at a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 05:36am EST
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Analysis: Criteria for new OFPP administrator

Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, and Rob Burton, former acting OFPP administrator, outline what they think the criteria should be for the new OFPP administrator

Thursday - 11/03/2011, 06:28pm EDT
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Search is on for Gordon's OFPP successor

On the heels of the announcement that Dan Gordon will step down as OFPP administrator, experts evaluate his legacy and discuss the process and pitfalls of naming a successor.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 04:19pm EDT
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OFPP Administrator Daniel Gordon leaving

The administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy will join the George Washington University Law School as an associate dean. Gordon spent two years at OFPP working on a variety of issues from improving the workforce to reducing the use of high risk contracts to advocating for more collaboration between industry and government.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 12:26pm EDT

'Failing fast' a better message from ELC 2011?

Former OFPP Administrator Steve Kelman shares his observations from the Executive Leadership Conference.

Friday - 10/28/2011, 07:36pm EDT
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Agencies told to take closer look at green buying

OFPP issued a new memo encouraging departments to consider if the product or service they are buying meets sustainable standards. The memo is another in a series of directives to green the government.

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 03:36pm EDT

OFPP takes on second challenge of taming MACs

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy and GSA are working on a directory of Federal Supply Schedule blanket purchase agreements. The database would help fix one of the "biggest blind spots" in federal acquisition today, said Dan Gordon, OFPP administrator. OFPP's memo to require business cases for multiple-award contracts received praise for its direct and specific requirements.

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 06:46am EDT
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OFPP sets new rules for creating multiple-award contracts

Agencies must develop a business case and post it on an internal government site for others to comment on. OFPP also wants senior acquisition officials to sign off on justifications before moving out with a final solicitation. The new guidance comes as GAO and others have found the proliferation of multiple award contracts is costing agencies and vendors millions of dollars.

Friday - 09/30/2011, 01:03pm EDT

Acquisition reform and more

Allen Federal president Larry Allen joins host Mark Amtower to talk a wide range of government procurement issues.
September 19, 2011(Encore presentation October 24, 2011)

Monday - 09/19/2011, 09:00pm EDT
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Budget cutbacks signaling a return to commercial purchases?

For a long time your agency has been limiting its horizons for saving money. Some good, old-fashioned money management philosophies could go a long way toward helping your agency cut costs.

Tuesday - 09/13/2011, 06:50pm EDT
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Analysis: New 'inherently governmental' rules

Angela Styles, Partner at the law firm Crowell & Moring, and Al Burman, former OFPP Administrator, discuss the OFPP definitions published today in the Federal Register.

Monday - 09/12/2011, 03:52pm EDT
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Monday morning federal headlines - Sept. 12

On today's Federal Drive: The House attempts to stave off a shutdown by passing a stopgap bill early and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy issues final guidance on "inherently governmental" positions.

Monday - 09/12/2011, 08:05am EDT

A breakdown of 'inherently governmental'

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy makes eight changes to how agencies decide what work must be done by federal employees.

Friday - 09/09/2011, 07:18pm EDT
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OFPP to issue final guidance on 'inherently governmental'

The new policy letter will lay out eight changes to how agencies previously defined and managed inherently governmental work. Among the changes are a new list of jobs that must be done by federal employees and a checklist to determine which jobs are inherently government and which are closely associated or critical functions.

Friday - 09/09/2011, 12:34pm EDT
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Pentagon, WH assure progress in wartime contracting

The Obama administration and the Defense Department said Wednesday they are making progress in reforming contracting in overseas contingency operations. An independent commission found the government has lost up to $60 billion to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thursday - 09/01/2011, 02:39pm EDT
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