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OFPP to test employee swaps

The idea is to trade one of your acquisition experts to another agency in exchange for one who knows more about a specific procurement need you have.

Monday - 03/28/2011, 04:40pm EDT
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Agencies must justify large 8(a) contracts

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 08:08am EDT
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Agencies must justify large contracts to 8(a) firms

The FAR Councils are adding a new set of controls to contracts worth more than $20 million going to vendors in the socioeconomic program. This interim rule is in reaction to problems that surfaced last year when 8(a) firms were passing most of the work under the award to large businesses. Agencies also have new requirements to determine the order of priority for small business programs, around multiple-award contracts and when to use other than firm-fixed price contracts.

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:29am EDT

OFPP zeroes in on acquisition workforce

Some administration officials fear the acquisition workforce can't properly manage government contracts. Dan Gordon said strengthening that workforce is OFPP's number one priority. He also said he wants to improve communication between government acquisition officers and industry.

Friday - 02/18/2011, 07:02am EST
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Myth-Busting at OFPP

OFPP's Myth-busting campaign is working to clear up misconceptions about the campaign itself. OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon joins the show to explain.
February 15, 2011 (Encore presentation July 5, 2011)

Tuesday - 02/15/2011, 01:00pm EST
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OFPP, OPM join forces to recruit acquisition workers

A new memo from Dan Gordon, OFPP administrator, details hiring flexibilities and new tools for agencies.

Friday - 02/11/2011, 03:32pm EST

How IT reform will affect industry

What does OMB's 25-point plan to reform IT and the OFPP's myth busting campaign mean for industry? Tom Sisti from SAP America joins the show to discuss.
February 8, 2011

Tuesday - 02/08/2011, 04:32pm EST
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OMB busting contract myths

The Office of Management and Budget wants to improve government-industry communication. It has launched a myth-busting campaign to help agencies understand procurement rules. Officials say poor communication often leads to faulty contracts and wasted money.

Monday - 02/07/2011, 07:27am EST
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OMB: Contract spending down but more cuts needed

The Office of Management and Budget said agencies reduced contract spending over consecutive years for the first time in 13 years. A new report from OMB showed reductions in some types of high risk contracts. But officials said the administration is targeting professional and technical services contract spending in 2012.

Thursday - 02/03/2011, 02:41pm EST
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Kelman: Let's make contracting better, faster, and cheaper

Former OFPP Administrator Steve Kelman shares the challenges of using contracting cuts to reduce spending.

Monday - 01/31/2011, 03:30pm EST
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Senate passes Acquisitions Improvement Act

The bill aims to improve acquisition workforce training, increase accountability and expand the use of the Acquisition Workforce Training Fund.

Thursday - 12/16/2010, 01:20pm EST

New interagency contracts now require business cases

The FAR Councils issued an interim rule requiring changes to the use of and oversight of interagency contracts. OFPP reports that agencies spent $52 billion on multiple award and GWACs in 2009. The new requirements will help get that spending under better control, the councils say.

Monday - 12/13/2010, 03:20pm EST

Tip to OMB: earlier communication would help IT

Contracting officers have been reluctant to wade into RFPs. Steve Schooner says they should, in fact, be at the very center of discussions right from the start. The professor of federal contracting tells us why.

Monday - 12/13/2010, 11:08am EST
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OMB plans to bust IT contracting myths

The Office of Management and Budget said many feds responsible for IT acquisition are so cautious about running afoul of ethics rules that they're passing up what could be productive interactions with the industry. The administration plans to start an awareness campaign to improve communication between agencies and vendors.

Friday - 12/10/2010, 07:33pm EST
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2010 and Beyond: Challenging times for contractors

Rob Burton, former deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and currently an attorney at Venable Law Firm, joined the DorobekINSIDER to discuss how the events of 2010 will shape the procurement community next year.

Thursday - 12/02/2010, 04:35pm EST
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Frontline Forum returns to improve procurement

Dan Gordon of OFPP discusses the return of the Frontline Forum meetings.

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 05:48pm EST
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Survey: Acquisition policy doesn't translate

A new survey from the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton finds contracting officers don't always find new guidance helpful in how they do their job. Acquisition workers also say too much oversight is causing innovation to be muted.

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 06:21am EST
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OFPP calls for Fed to contractor ratio analysis

A new memo from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy gives agencies until June to determine whether the number of contractors performing services is appropriate. First, however, agencies must develop a service contract inventory and make it public. OFPP said for agencies to initially focus on professional and management services and technology services.

Friday - 11/12/2010, 12:44pm EST

AcqStat sessions give broader view of challenges

OFPP is holding these meetings with large agencies to understand how they are meeting the Obama administration's acquisition goals. The sessions are similar to the TechStat sessions, but they're not at the program level. OFPP also is finalizing rules around multiple award contracts and schedule bidding.

Wednesday - 11/03/2010, 07:03am EDT
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Scorecard adds heat to insourcing debate

A coalition of businesses, associations and citizen groups rate members of Congress on how they voted on bills that promote or hurt private sector companies and forces industry to compete with the government. But some experts say the business coalition is taking a too narrow view of what the government does.

Friday - 10/29/2010, 07:24am EDT
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