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2:24 pm, July 10, 2014

Acquisition News

OPM, GSA combine forces for new take on training contract

The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management sign an agreement to co-manage the new training and management assistance contract. GSA will handle the acquisition facets, and OPM will oversee requirements and services part of the contract that could be worth billions of dollars.

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 03:55am EDT
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General Dynamics secures $17.65B contract with Navy

General Dynamics' subsidiary Electric Boat will be responsible for building 10 additional Virginia-class submarines as part of a $17.65 billion contract with the Navy.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 11:30pm EDT

The state of the federal market

Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss what the acquisition market is like for IT firms and professional services.
April 28, 2014

Monday - 04/28/2014, 09:47pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

An interagency squabble over version three of the office supplies strategic sourcing contract goes public, and the General Services Administration is not happy about it. In Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller promises Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp a bit of humor to an otherwise dry federal procurement process. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 10:27am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The funny side of strategic sourcing; NSTIC turns 3

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. GSA and SBA continue their ongoing quarrel over the Office Supplies 3 contract, and April marks the three-year anniversary of NSTIC's release.

Monday - 04/28/2014, 04:00am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

For the first time in seven years, government leaders expect agencies to meet a major contracting goal. They awarded 23 percent of all prime contracts to small firms last year. But some in the contracting community see warning signs that signal bigger problems. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why some want to rain on the small business success parade. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 10:48am EDT
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Pentagon sees new risks to industrial base during current spending downturn

The Defense Department and the industries it depends on have made their way through budget downturns before, but this one is different. Both budgets and threats are uncertain.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:43am EDT
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Concerns over contract bundling cast shadow over 2013 small business successes

All signs are pointing to the fact that despite the government spending less overall on acquisition last year, agencies met the statutory goal of awarding at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. Experts say contract consolidation and bundling will negatively impact small firms in the coming years.

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:16am EDT

GSA names ombudsman to give industry a louder voice

Jeff Koses, the senior procurement executive at the General Services Administration, said the ombudsman will help vendors navigate the acquisition bureaucracy and ensure the agency is hearing and addressing challenges and concerns. It's one of several steps GSA is taking to improve vendor and agency customer satisfaction.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:44am EDT
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Budget pressures shrink federal contract spending by 11 percent

Following a year of widespread budget uncertainty, federal contract spending fell by 11 percent, according to a new analysis by Bloomberg Government. All told, agency contract spending tumbled from $516.3 billion in fiscal 2012 to $462.1 billion last year, the report found.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 02:21pm EDT
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GSA's new contracting policy tackles IG's concerns about management interference

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe tried to balance the need for management oversight with contracting officer autonomy. But some in industry worry that the new memo does nothing more than add more paperwork to a broken process.

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:15am EDT
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Trends in Big MACs

Bloomberg Government analyst Brian Friel will talk about last year's largest multiple award contracts and trends in contract usage for big Macs.
April 22, 2014

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 06:38pm EDT
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What is the Federal Communicators Network?

David Hebert and Cori Bassett from the Federal Communicators Network, will talk about the organization, and the services it provides to communications professionals in the federal government.
April 21, 2014

Monday - 04/21/2014, 08:23pm EDT
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Air Force presses vendors to tackle supply chain costs

In a budget environment in which cost overruns are very likely to lead to canceled programs, the Air Force says it's pressing it prime vendors to remove any costs they possibly can from their subcontracted supplier base.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 04:07am EDT
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John Adams, Defense Acquisition University

The Defense Department is looking at programs to cut back or kill because of budget pressures. When you get the work to terminate your program, you don't just stop. The Defense Acquisition University's Smart Shutdown guide book tells you how to shut down the right way. John Adams, director of the specialty engineering education and training program and professor of acquisition program management and systems engineering at the Defense Acquisition University, was Francis Rose's guest on Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 05:17pm EDT
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The state of the national security market

David Ramirez, general manager of the Federal Solutions business unit at the L-3 National Security Solutions group, will discuss innovation and what agencies are looking for in terms of services and technologies.
April 15, 2014

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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Trey Hodgkins, Information Technology Industry Council

The Obama administration says discrimination is partly to blame for a pay gap between men and women. But Congressional Republicans are skeptical. They have balked at a bill to address pay inequality. In the meantime, President Barack Obama has signed an executive order for federal contractors. They will have to report to the Labor Department detailed salary information broken down by race and gender. They also won't be able to retaliate against employees who discuss salary. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for the public sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how contractors are reacting to the executive order. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:33am EDT
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What topics are trending for the federal workforce?

Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of the hottest topics in the federal government.
April 11, 2014

Friday - 04/11/2014, 08:08pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: OMB not a farm team, Strategic sourcing on steroids

In this week's Reporter's Notebook column, Executive Editor Jason Miller ponders Sylvia Burwell's jump from OMB to HHS and GSA's pumped up approach to buying.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:50pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

"Efficiency and Effectiveness" we hear that phrase all the time in government. At the Defense Department, it's taking on a new meaning. DoD can no longer spend more of its time worrying about the effectiveness of its acquisition programs at the expense of efficiency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how DoD is addressing its long muted focus on efficient buying. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:32am EDT
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