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6:47 pm, October 22, 2014

Acquisition News

DISA to restructure with eye toward more agility, Cyber Command

The Defense Information Systems Agency will begin to shake up its organizational chart in significant ways beginning on Oct. 1. But officials, so far, are reluctant to discuss the details.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:24am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Right now, the Navy has more than 630 network baselines on its ships at sea. A contract the service awarded this week aims to change that. The Navy is committing up to $2.5 billion to five vendors who will replace that IT mishmash with a single, standards based network architecture. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:45am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration has an emerging, new vision for its Federal Acquisition Service. That could affect every federal agency that buys anything. In the next six weeks, GSA will launch the first set of initiatives under what officials call category management. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the Hallways project. Read Jason's related article.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:42am EDT
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GSA predicts new initiatives will light the path toward better governmentwide acquisition

The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service will launch the first set of initiatives under its new category management approach, called hallways, in the next six weeks to cover office supplies, IT hardware and IT software. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe detailed the strategy to give customer agencies more data to make better acquisition decisions.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 04:11am EDT
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Ryan Dickover, Director of eBusiness Policy and Oversight, Navy

When the Navy needs to reform a program it sometimes turns to a special test called an Analysis of Alternatives. Right now the Navy's analysts are hard at work on acquisition reform. Ryan Dickover is director of eBusiness Policy and Oversight in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. He explained the AoA process on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:07pm EDT
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Navy turns to strategic sourcing to cut conference spending

The Navy awarded blanket purchase agreements to 17 small businesses, which they hope will take care of most DoD's conference planning needs for the next three years.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 04:31am EDT
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GSA applying its IT model to overhaul of services schedules

Tiffany Hixson, the Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate seven professional services schedules, such as MOBIS, FABS and professional engineering, into a handful of schedules. She said GSA is using the same approach for services as it did with IT by awarding the OASIS contracts to compliment the professional services schedule modernization.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 03:57am EDT
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What does strategic sourcing mean for contractors?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Roger Waldron to talk about how the federal government is impacted by strategic sourcing.
August 19, 2014

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 07:39pm EDT
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Mike Hettinger, Senior Vice President, Public Sector, Tech America

The Defense Department's Industrial Policy Chief, Elana Broitman, stepped down in July, after only five months on the job. The departure comes as relations between industry and the Pentagon are somewhat strained. Mike Hettinger is the senior vice president for the public sector at Tech America. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what Broitman's departure means for contractors.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:43am EDT
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An update on GSA's SmartPay program

Host Mark Amtower discusses the SmartPay program with David Shea, director, Office of Charge Card Management at the General Services Administration.
August 18, 2014

Monday - 08/18/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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Kymm McCabe, President and CEO, ASI Government

Reforming the government's acquisition process is a goal many stakeholders share. But reform may be exactly the wrong approach for the 21st Century. Kymm McCabe is President and CEO of ASI Government. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained "three myths that cripple acquisition."

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Army turns to open architecture to plot its future in robotics

With industry help, Army builds an open architecture and a set of open standards to chart a robotics acquisition strategy that's more modular, more interoperable and hopefully more cost effective.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:34am EDT

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Do officials who award contracts really know whom they're giving money to? Agencies are supposed to record past experiences with contractors in a shared database. The Government Accountability Office finds drastically different levels of compliance across government. In this week's legal loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss who knows what about whom.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 09:24am EDT
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What's the latest from Capitol Hill?

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, Inc., will give us an update on the procurement issues being discussed on Capitol Hill.
August 12, 2014

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 07:33pm EDT
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Plea hearing set in Navy contractor bribery case

Plea hearing set for former Military Sealift Command contractor charged with taking bribes

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 04:21pm EDT

Content (marketing) is king!

Joe Pulizzi, founder and executive director of the Content Marketing Institute, will discuss how to use content marketing to generate more business for your company.
August 11, 2014

Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:06pm EDT
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Contract performance reporting improves, but not good enough

Although agency compliance with evaluating and reporting on contractor performance has improved 17 percent overall in the past year, the majority of agencies have not met the targets set by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 05:14pm EDT

Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Veterans Affairs Department wants to know how it can improve the way it buys information technology. It has released a request for information as it plans the next version of its $12 billion T4 contract. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the contract.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 10:38am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Swinging exit doors at VA, DHS, GSA; Procurement fun at HHS

Executive Editor Jason Miller looks at the news and information you may have missed or that slipped through the cracks at conferences, hearings and the like.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 05:52pm EDT

Industry reps pessimistic about legislative IT reform this year

IT Alliance for Public Sector experts say there are two major reasons for their fleeting hope—one is the little time lawmakers have in Washington over the next four months; and second is the continued impasse among the Senate and House over the role of agency CIOs. ITAPS says a two-and-a-half month continuing resolution is likely and an omnibus spending bill for 2015 is gaining support.

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 05:20am EDT
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