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Proposed Senate USPS reforms could save $17 billion

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate's postal reform plan would save just under $17 billion. Changes to the agency would include maintaining increased postal rates and cutting delivery to five days per week.

Tags: USPS , management , acquisition , Congress , budget , reform , CBO , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 03:54pm EDT

GSA to be 'more forceful' in real-estate decisions

The General Services Administration needs to step up its leadership to take advantage of cost-saving real estate opportunities, according to House members participating in a recent round table discussion.

Tags: acquisition , Congress , GSA , real estate , House , Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure , Norman Dong , Lynn DeCastro , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 02:10pm EDT

Betsy Schmid and MJ Mitchell, Aerospace Industries Association

Capitol Hill turns to an array of outside groups for advice. The deadline for comments to the Armed Services committees was last Thursday. One set of recommendations comes from the Aerospace Industries Association. Betsy Schmid is VP of National Security and Acquisition Policy for the AIA. She's also former staff director of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. MJ Mitchell is AIA's managing assistant VP for National Security and Acquisition Policy, and former chief financial officer of the F-35 program. The two explained AIA's approach to acquisition reform on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: AIA , NDAA , Defense , acquisition , Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense , MJ Mitchell , Betsy Schmid

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Dr. Chris Lamb, National Defense University

Congress is mulling through a stream of feedback from outside groups on how to fix a labyrinth of defense acquisition policies. Chris Lamb is deputy director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He recently testified before the House Armed Services Committee to share his ideas. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Lamb said a source of frustration is a disconnect between the top and bottom of DoD's chain of acquisition authority.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Chris Lamb

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 04:44pm 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.
July 15, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Jon Etherton , Etherton and Associates , Congress , NDAA , procurement , acquisition reform , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 07:33pm EDT
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All things contracting with IBM's Anne Altman

Anne Altman, general manager of Federal Government for IBM, will discuss a wide range of contracting topics with host Mark Amtower.
July 14, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , IBM , Anne Altman , cloud computing , big data , Healthcare IT , cybersecurity , government IT , Small business contracting , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 07/14/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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GAO: Pentagon needs to connect dots between workforce planning, budget needs

The Defense Department is getting smarter about workforce planning making sure it has the right people with the right skills in the right positions. But DoD's five-year strategic workforce plan, released last fall, is short on details in a few key areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: GAO , workforce , DoD , Ron Sanders , Brenda Farrell , Jack Moore , acquisition

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:41pm EDT

House panel probes DoD's acquisition workforce

The size of DoD's civilian acquisition workforce has grown by some 20,000 employees over the past five years and now numbers about 135,000 personnel members, according to Stephanie Barna, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management. That's thanks to an effort by DoD begun in 2009 to recapitalize its acquisition workforce. But the department's focus on the acquisition workforce has been strained by a slew of competing priorities and congressionally-mandated belt-tightening, Barna said.

Tags: Congress , House , House Armed Services Committee , Mac Thornberry , Rick Larsen , Frank Kendall , Stephanie Barna , acquisition , acquisition workforce , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:14pm EDT

The government contractor 'scam?'

In many agencies, federal workers and contractors work side by side. Sometimes they have a great relationship, while in other offices they can't stand each other. Today's guest columnist gives his view of the "scam" in his operation.

Tags: acquisition , Mike Causey , federal report

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Senate report: Billions of dollars at risk from shaky Pentagon IT programs

A new bipartisan report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations called the Air Force's now-canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System "one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement by the DoD in recent memory." But the failure of ECSS may not be an aberration, the report suggested. Other enterprise-resource planning programs in the department are at risk of falling victim to the same fate.

Tags: Senate , DoD , technology , Air Force , John McCain , Jack Moore , Carol Cha , acquisition

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 08:27am EDT
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