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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director, Amplifier Ventures

Mergers and acquisitions are an ongoing feature of corporate America. When mergers and acquisitions occur among federal contractors, sometimes the government sits up and takes notice. A few merger and acquisition deals have taken place recently among contractors. Jonathan Aberman, founder of Amplifier Ventures, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some examples.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:49am EST
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Contracting Myth No. 5: My prime contractor will tell me what clauses should be in my subcontract

A prime contractor has its interests to protect as does a subcontractor. The interests of the two parties are going to overlap a great deal, but they are never going to be identical, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 03:49am EST

The Big Data-Driven Business

Author Sean Callahan joins host Mark Amtower to talk about his book: "The Big Data-Driven Business".
November 17, 2014

Monday - 11/17/2014, 08:33pm EST
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GAO: Some agencies hit harder than others during sequestration

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says that some agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Transportation and Health and Human Services, experienced stalled grants and contract activity during the government shutdown of 2013.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 11:21am EST

Dump DUNS? Maybe it's starting

The Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation will change the way it provides public feeds of procurement data on Nov. 21. The General Services Administration, which runs FPDS-NG, said the public ATOM feeds will be updated by masking select data elements, specifically company's DUNS number.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:57am EST

Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, Director, DCMA

The Defense Contract Management Agency has about 12,000 civilian and military employees who interact with more than 20,000 contractors and handle more than $220 billion for the Defense Department. Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, director of DCMA, is receiving an award at the GovCon Award ceremony for her role in building business partnerships between the public and private sector. She told In Depth with Francis Rose about the partnerships she helped oversee.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:20pm EST
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An "under the hood" look at procurement

Tom Sisti, chief legislative counsel at SAP will discuss procurement reform and the challenges facing the procurement system.
November 11, 2014

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:01pm EST
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Tim Sullivan, Thompson Coburn and Public Contracting Institute

Subcontractors live in a sort of netherworld. They often don't deal directly with the government, and they're subject to capriciousness by the primes. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. In today's installment, Sullivan tackles myth number four: It's better to work as a subcontractor because our company won't be exposed directly to the government the way a prime is. He spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:30am EST
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Government Contracting Myth No. 4: It's better to be a subcontractor because primes are too exposed

Every contract presents risk, but a smart subcontractor realizes this and takes careful and prudent steps to mitigate that risk, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This column is the latest in the series, 10 Myths of Government Contracting.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:50am EST

Cooperative purchasing agreements: How can they benefit you?

Consultant Harold Good and immixGrop co-founder and Senior Vice President Steve Charles give us their take on cooperative purchasing agreements.
November 10, 2014

Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:15pm EST
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Pentagon pushes data transparency to get better deals

DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it's bought before.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:32am EST
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Contracting officers have a lot of authority when it comes to deciding who wins federal contracts, but they don't have unlimited discretion. That's what the contracting officer who awarded a deal to USIS found out. In a sustaining protest, the Government Accountability Office says the contracting officer should have paid more attention to allegations of fraud against the company. In this week's Legal Loop segment, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this case.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 08:38am EST
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Increasing building security may be a problem for FPS, GAO says

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he wants to increase security at federal buildings. But the FPS, the agency responsible for doing so, may not be up to the task. GAO's Mark Goldstein said the FPS has a number of long-standing problems to solve before it can adequately protect anyone.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:46pm EST
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What does real procurement reform look like?

Steve Schooner, Nash & Cibinic professor of Government Procurement Law and co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at the George Washington University Law School, will discuss procurement reform and other acquisition issues with host Roger Waldron.
November 4, 2014

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:57pm EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Government and commercial contracting are two very different beasts. In the government, the buck stops with the contracting officer. Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain the third myth in his "10 Myths of Government Contracting" series.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:41am EST
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Government Contracting Myth No. 3: The contracting officer really isn't our customer

Contracting expert Tim Sullivan says vendors that want to have good relationships with the agencies they do business with must remember one thing. Nothing happens in government contracting unless the contracting officer says it does.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 03:52am EST

All things Channel

Bob Laclede, vice president of Channels for the immixGroup, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss how his organization is helping channel participants do more business with the government.
November 3, 2014

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:57pm EST
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Aaron Raddock, Manager, Baker Tilly

Some vendors use the phrase "contractors as pinatas" to describe how they feel about the assortment of new rules and regulations coming from the Obama administration. Aaron Raddock, a manager in the government contractor advisory services practice at the consulting firm Baker Tilly, spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium to discuss how vendors can avoid the strike zone.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:10am EST
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Jeffrey Koses, Senior Procurement Executive, GSA

The General Services Administration is using new data to enhance its customer service. At the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium, GSA Senior Procurement Executive Jeff Koses spoke with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the agency's recent survey results and the improved vendor interactions the data is pointing them toward.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 09:08am EST
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Next man up: Booz Allen tries its hand to modernize GSA's IAE

GSA awarded Booz Allen a $64.5 million contract over the next five years to develop a cloud service broker model using open source and cloud technologies to modernize the 10 databases that make up IAE.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:44am EST
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