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9:45 am, December 20, 2014

Acquisition News

New isn't always better when it comes to acquisition law

Regular review of the federal government's acquisition laws and regulations is appropriate, and even necessary, in order to keep up with changing times and circumstances. Enacting new laws, however, isn't always the solution, unless we fully understand and analyze our past paths, says acquisition policy expert Cathleen Garman.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:47am EDT

Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

Acquisition Legislation Timeline

The practices and procedures for how the federal government procures goods and services did not happen overnight. They were established by multiple pieces of legislation over many decades.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:51am EDT

Are you guilty of procurement?

Uncle Sam is the biggest, shopper, consumer, buyer in the world. Everything from aircraft and weapons systems to protective suits used by medical personnel dealing with Ebola. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey preview's Federal News Radio's special report, "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform."

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Content marketing: How to make it work for you

Elizabeth Harr of Hinge Marketing will discuss the benefits of content marketing and how to make it work for your agency or business.
October 13, 2014

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:09pm EDT
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Scraping off the barnacles of the defense acquisition system

William Greenwalt, the former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, says its long overdue to update the way the Defense Department purchases goods and services.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 04:25pm EDT
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Agencies get 2017 deadline to move to new procurement ID standard

The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council issued a final rule Monday detailing the timeframe and steps agencies must take to begin using the Procurement Instrument Identification (PIID) numbering system. The PIID only is for new contracting actions after the effective date.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 01:35pm EDT

SARA not the be-all and end-all for acquisition reform

Tom Davis, director of government relations at Deloitte and former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said acquisition offices haven't improved much since Congress passed SARA in 2003.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 11:58am EDT
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Governmentwide cloud contracting efforts missing key ingredients, IGs find

The Council of Inspectors General analyzed 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies and found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Auditors found these shortcomings could put data and systems at a greater risk to cyber attack or data theft.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 06:39am EDT
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Miguel Garrido, Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Big changes are coming to one corner of the General Services Administration in January. GSA's Federal Acquisition Service plans to overhaul its professional contracts by consolidating several multiple award contracts into one big schedule. The new vehicle could generate more than $5 billion in sales. Miguel Garrido, quantitative analyst for Bloomberg Government, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Sunday - 10/12/2014, 09:34pm EDT
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What's going on in federal hiring?

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
October 10, 2014

Friday - 10/10/2014, 08:17pm EDT
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DoD, DHS push 'fly before you buy' approach to acquisition

The Defense and Homeland Security departments both say they are putting their programs on a path that will insist that technologies are rigorously tested before they commit to expensive acquisition strategies.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:19am EDT

An update on OASIS

Jim Ghiloni, program manager for OASIS, will bring us up to date on the capabilities, features, and opportunities of the OASIS contracting program.
October 7, 2014

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 08:45pm EDT
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Healthcare IT & acquisition

John Gilroy hosts a roundtable discussion of healthcare IT and how it relates to federal IT professionals and the whole acquisition process.
October 7, 2014

Tuesday - 10/07/2014, 06:59pm EDT
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What's ahead in FY 2015?

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about what contractors should expect in Fiscal Year 2015.
October 6, 2014

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:32pm EDT
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NASA SEWP lowers fees for agencies

When it rolls out its fifth version next month, NASA's SEWP will have the lowest fees of any governmentwide acquisition contract. It will charge less than 0.4 percent to participating agencies. SEWP IV fees are 0.45 percent, compared to the General Services Administration's 0.75 percent.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 10:13am EDT
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PSC hires Navy acquisition exec to lead defense, intel committee

Jerry Punderson, the outgoing director of contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command, will join PSC as its new senior vice president of defense and intelligence.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 08:58am EDT

Energy reverses course on plan to hire VA executive at center of FedBid procurement fraud

The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management planned to bring on Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration's deputy chief procurement officer, but now has changed its mind. Taylor is accused by the VA inspector general of committing procurement fraud, lying to investigators and having a conflict of interest by promoting FedBid.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:14pm EDT

NASA names SEWP V contractors

NASA has awarded spots on the latest version of its governmentwide technology contract to 43 firms. It plans to add more names to that list within a few days. Agencies will be able to buy through SEWP V beginning next month.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 07:07am EDT

GSA awards DHS headquarters contract to Grunley, Shalom Baranes

Phase two of the Department of Homeland Security's $4.5 billion renovation project at St. Elizabeths is moving forward. The General Services Administration on Tuesday awarded two construction companies with a contract that will help consolidate the agency's office space.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 10:27am EDT
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