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Acquisition News

FITARA implementation begins

The Chief Information Officer's Council held a meeting last week to discuss the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act and ensure there is consistent implementation across the government.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 02:33pm EST

August Cole, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

New acquisition initiatives are out from the Air Force. The search for innovation in acquisition takes many IT leaders in government to Silicon Valley. August Cole is Director of the Art of Future War program in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He's also a writer-in-residence at Avascent. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the defense industrial base should engage Silicon Valley.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:38pm EST
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Air Force to reshape 'cost curve' via targeted acquisition reforms

A new series of acquisition changes called "Bending the Cost Curve" aims to make the overall Air Force acquisition process more responsive to technological advances, and reduce the time it takes to buy major weapons systems. The Air Force Research Lab will host a technology challenge program with the largest award in military history.

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:00am EST

An update on The National Industries for the Blind

Kevin Lynch, president and chief executive officer of the National Industries for the Blind will give us an update on the organization and its current strategic challenges and market opportunities.
January 13, 2015

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 06:57pm EST
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Workforce obstacles hamper digital tech growth at agencies, study says

Agency management is mostly gung-ho about bringing new digital technology into the workplace, but hurdles such as a sluggish acquisition process and a workforce lacking tech-related skills keep the federal government from innovating, according to a new study.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 12:46pm EST

Contracting Commandment #2: Thou shalt study thy customer

Knowing the people involved on the other side of a contract negotiation can be an extremely valuable weapon, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:48am EST
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Mark Amtower: 30 years in the federal market

Guest host Tom Temin interviews Mark Amtower about his 30 year career as a consultant in the government contracting market.
January 12, 2015

Monday - 01/12/2015, 08:53pm EST
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Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

GSA's agile RFI beginning of ‘systemic change' in IT acquisition

The General Services Administration's 18F and the Office of Integrated Technology Services issued a request for information as part of its strategy to create a blanket purchase agreement where agencies can buy agile development services for IT projects. Experts say the RFI shows how the government is beginning to adopt industry best practices.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 06:37pm EST

NASA SEWP to drop fee again, launch new customer initiatives

Joanne Woytek, NASA SEWP program manager, said the space agency now plans to implement the next generation of the technology GWAC by May 1 after reexamining vendor bids. In the meantime, starting in March, SEWP will give agencies more information about what they buy, who they buy from and how they buy than ever before.

Friday - 01/09/2015, 04:24am EST

Joanne Woytek, Program Manager, SEWP 5, NASA

NASA is still five months away from kicking off its next generation governmentwide acquisition contract known as SEWP 5. But that isn't stopping the space agency from rolling out a series of new initiatives to give customer agencies more data -- and context about their spending -- than ever before. Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the status of SEWP V and where NASA is heading next.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:49pm EST
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement

Bid protest numbers indicate things are getting worse. But the numbers also indicate things are getting better. Roger Waldron is the President of the Coalition for Government Procurement. He looked at the numbers, and on In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why they can be getting better and worse at the same time.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:22pm EST
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Ted Davies. CEO, Altamira Technologies

The first commandment of government contracting is "do your homework", according to contracting expert Tim Sullivan. He says, in part one of a 10-part series, the complex details of every procurement cycle demand preparation and understanding from federal contracting officers if they want to build successful programs. Ted Davies is CEO of Altamira Technologies. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained a host of federal business trends that can help your agency's contracting officers prepare for the next big project.

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 04:05pm EST
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Congress and the partisan divide

Tom Davis, director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte, discusses his new book, and what can be done to end the partisan divide in Congress.
January 6, 2014

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 08:25pm EST
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Contracting Commandment #1: Thou shalt do thy homework

Regardless of where a contractor is in the procurement cycle, he or she must prepare in advance for what is about to happen, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This commentary is part of a new 10-part series, 10 Commandments for Government Contractors.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:23am EST

A look back at 2014 & a look ahead to 2015

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Bob Lohfeld, CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group, join host Mark Amtower to talk about the top contracting stories in 2014, and what's ahead in 2015.
January 5, 2015

Monday - 01/05/2015, 07:52pm EST
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Tim DiNapoli, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Director, GAO

Agencies have a special name for projects where a subcontractor does at least 70 percent of the work. There's also a special rule to help agencies track how the money flows in those types of contracts to try to minimize the risk of overpayments. Tim DiNapoli is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained how well agencies follow that that special rule -- which is important, because three agencies spent about $190 billion on those types of contracts in fiscal 2013.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 04:16pm EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Favorite 2014 posts; Labor, Commerce 'change' CIO role; The future of cyber by IARPA, DHS

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, a look back at the most-read posts of 2014, there have been a couple of interesting tidbits about the chief information officer's community over the past month, and the Director of National Intelligence wants help forecasting cyber attack vectors.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 03:21am EST

Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

When the 114th Congress gets back to work next week, a new corps of leaders will take over important committees. Mac Thornberry will lead the House Armed Services Committee; Jason Chaffetz will chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; and Republicans will take over the chairs of all the committees in the Senate. Rob Burton is a partner at the Venable law firm, and former Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015. He said you can expect more oversight in the new Congress.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:22pm EST

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The House Armed Services Committee and leaders within industry and Pentagon are making it clear defense acquisition rules need some work. And new Congressional leaders might bring new attitudes on acquisition that could reverse current trends. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015, and told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko 2015 is an important year for acquisition reform and the General Services Administration. He's optimistic about the future of procurement in 2015, but a look into his Magic 8 Ball said "The future is still unclear; ask again later."

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:16pm EST
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