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5:24 pm, July 29, 2014

Acquisition News

Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The Defense Department may be losing faith in the prices on the Federal Supply Schedule. DoD says its contracting officers can't assume the prices are fair and reasonable, so they need to make an extra effort to make sure they're the best option available. That mindset should sound familiar because it's already part of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter, tells In Depth with Francis Rose, whether this is a duplicative rule or not.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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An legal update on government contracts

David Dowd, partner at Mayer Brown LLP, will give us his thoughts on the Mandatory Disclosure Rule, and other legal issues.
April 8, 2014

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 05:00pm EDT
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Glenn Haggstrom, Chief Acquisition Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

With a budget in place for the rest of the fiscal year and a topline in place that makes most people think 2015 will be a lot like 2014, agencies are getting back to long-term planning and priority setting. One of the areas the Department of Veterans Affairs is setting its priorities for...is acquisition. Glenn Haggstrom, VA's principal executive director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction and acting chief acquisition officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs, told In Depth with Francis Rose one of his major acquisition priorities for 2014 has actually been around for a while.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 04:54pm EDT
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GSA to swap Fed Triangle properties for developers' services

GSA issued a RFQ that asks developers to restart the renovation of its stalled headquarters program and further DHS headquarters construction. The contractors wouldn't receive payment, but instead two buildings in Southwest Washington, D.C.

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 10:06am EDT

Does your company need a board of advisors?

Stan Krejci of the SK Group discusses whether your company needs a board of advisers, and if so, how you should assemble one.
April 7, 2014

Monday - 04/07/2014, 07:07pm EDT
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Obama: Students need help to get 'in-demand jobs'

Obama announces education innovation grants as part of his go-it-alone strategy

Monday - 04/07/2014, 01:55pm EDT

SBA finds fault with GSA's strategic sourcing analysis for office supplies

SBA said GSA's impact analysis failed on two main accounts. SBA said it disagreed on GSA's claim that OS3 is a follow-on contract to OS2 and therefore is not a consolidation of contract requirements subject to the provisions of the Small Business Act. SBA also said GSA's argument that it is "contrary to law" to provide an economic analysis on the consequences of small business on a consolidated contract is wrong.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:30pm EDT

Navy to finish moving IT network to NGEN contract by September

After dealing with a bid protest, meeting the timeline will require the Navy and its prime vendor to move quickly. The new schedule accelerates the original transition schedule by several months.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 04:31am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon goes its own way on GSA schedules; VA still thinks its electronic health record can

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 03:59am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

The great thing about federal contracting is that the rulemakers never rest. Just when you are sure you've got it all figured out, things change. The latest rules are just out from the Labor Department. They concern affirmative action programs required of federal contractors. In Federal Drive's weekly legal loop segment, hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp turned to procurement attorney Joe Petrillo of Petrillo & Powell for an explanation.

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 10:04am EDT
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Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement.

The Senate's list of experts making recommendations for a 21st century government doesn't include any contractors or contracting groups. Agencies and think tanks will submit recommendations, but so far, no organizations that represent government's industry partners. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, weighs in on In Depth with Francis Rose

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:57pm EDT
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Kevin Brancato, Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The U.S. government wants to offload old military equipment in Afghanistan and nearby countries so it doesn't have to pack it up and take it home. Pentagon officials say selling 800 mine-resistant armored vehicles, for example, could make hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and save $500 million in shipping. For more on the ins and outs of selling military hardware, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke with Kevin Brancato, a defense analyst for Bloomberg Government.

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:28pm EDT
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The state of the national security market

David Ramirez, general manager of the Federal Solutions business unit at the L-3 National Security Solutions group, will discuss innovation and what agencies are looking for in terms of services and technologies.
April 1, 2014

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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All things social

Hewlett Packard social media guru Christina Morrison will discuss how to create a social media strategy for your agency or business.
March 31, 2014

Monday - 03/31/2014, 10:51pm EDT
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Cathy Read & Corey Rinder, State Department

The administration's strategic sourcing initiative applies to all agencies, but implementation looks different at every agency. The State Department's acquisition process has a different emphasis and produces different results than other agencies. In Depth with Francis Rose talks to Cathy Read, State's director of acquisitions management. Also, Corey Rinder, procurement executive at State, explains some of the differences and similarities between how State does acquisition and how your agency may do it.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:36pm EDT
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The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Nicole Blake Johnson and Andy Medici of the Federal Times will discuss a possible downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service.
March 26, 2014

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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Mike Sullivan, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

Half a decade of reports and recommendations on the F-35 program has led to one conclusion: It's still not out of the woods. The fifth annual progress report from the Government Accountability Office has some bad news that looks all too familiar to some people. Mike Sullivan, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at GAO, testified about the F-35 program at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces today. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 05:31pm EDT
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Rob Coen, Acting Director, NIH IT Acquisition and Assessment Center

Proponents of government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) say agencies are starting to understand their value. They are optimistic even though less than 15 percent of all federal IT spending goes through GWACs now. Rob Coen, acting director of NIH's Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, spoke with Federal Drive host Emily Kopp about the GWAC programs NIH manages. Kopp caught up with Coen at the recent Acquisition Excellence Conference.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:59pm EDT
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Rob Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The most expensive defense program ever, the F-35 fighter plane, is running into more problems. The Government Accountability Office says software delays could force the Marine Corps to push back its roll out scheduled for next year. What's more, the auditors say the Defense Department will have to spend more than $12 billion annually on the program for the next 22 years. For more on the future of the F-35 program, Federal Drive host Emily Kopp spoke to Rob Levinson, a senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government. Read our related story.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 01:49pm EDT
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Costliest defense program in history faces further problems, delays

A new Government Accountability report finds that the DoD will have to spend $12 billion annually over the next 22 years on the F-35 program. Rob Levinson, Bloomberg Government senior defense analyst, explains the impact.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 11:47am EDT
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