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Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we examine bid and contract award protests. In the grand scheme of things 1,600 protests don't amount to much stacked next to the one or two million contract actions each year. Former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective.

Tags: Federal Drive , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Tom Temin , acquisition , contracting , bid protests

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:20am EDT
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VA exec at center of FedBid procurement scandal retires

Susan Taylor, the Veterans Health Administration deputy chief procurement officer, resigned and retired Oct. 14. She sent an email to staff announcing her decision as VA had started the process to fire her.

Tags: Susan Taylor , Veterans Affairs , management , oversight , acquisition , Robert McDonald , House Veterans Affairs Committee , FedBid , Jason Miller , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Acquisition workers as critical thinkers: A change that has to happen

In Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, the Defense Acquisition University, the Federal Acquisition Institute and other experts say a new kind of acquisition worker is needed. One that brings business acumen, understands technology and knows the FAR forward and back. The ever-evolving training regime for federal acquisition workers is no longer just about the hard skills of acquisition.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , FAI , Jeff Birch , James Woolsey , DAU , Jaime Gracia , Seville Government Consulting , Chuck Williams , Management Concepts , Michael Fischetti , National Contract Management Association , training , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:18am EDT
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31 ideas for reforming DoD contracting

The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations asked 31 acquisition experts to weigh in on how the Defense acquisition process can be reformed. Federal News Radio brings you some of the highlights.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , acquisition reform , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Michael OConnell , Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations , defense

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:43am EDT

Acquisition quiz: True or False?

If you keep hearing the same thing over and over, is it true? Take certain federal procurement axioms: virtually every procurement nowadays is protested, contracting officers are not allowed to talk to potential bidders, there are too many contracting vehicles out there. Federal News Radio set out to explore these refrains, with the help of two procurement experts.

Tags: acquisition , Dan Gordon , Jim Williams , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , acquisition reform , acquisition myths , Mythbusters

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:50am EDT

Successful DoD acquisition programs start with funding for the workforce

The success of defense acquisition will always depend on the capability of a limited number of people inside and outside government whose resources of time and attention are finite. Increased skill, relevant experiences, and cultural adjustment of the workforce will occur only gradually and only with adequate funding and congressional oversight, says contracting expert Jonathan Etherton.

Tags: Etherton and Associates , acquisition , acquisition reform , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , contracting , DoD , Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations , Jonathan Etherton

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:29am 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.

Tags: Tom Davis , Deloitte , Marcia Madsen , Mayer Brown , acquisition , Acquisition Advisory Panel , SARA , SARA Panel , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Jory Heckman , Michael OConnell , acquisition reform

Monday - 10/13/2014, 11:58am EDT
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The Odd Couple: Salesforce and government IT

David Rey, senior vice president at Salesforce will discuss how his company can help the federal government with its cloud computing needs, and Curtis Wilburn, director of Operations at the USDA Office of Operations will talk about how Salesforce helped his agency move to the cloud.
October 14, 2014

Tags: technology , cloud computing , David Rey , SalesForce , Curtis Wilburn , acquisition , software deployment , John Gilroy , Federal Tech Talk

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 08:48pm EDT
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Marcia Madsen, Partner, Mayer Brown

Compliance is a bigger part of the acquisition world than ever. Peeling off some layers of compliance, while keeping enough compliance oversight to make sure everyone's doing what they should, could save money for the government and lead to a better outcome for the agencies. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Marcia Madsen, partner at Mayer Brown and former chairwoman of the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why a lot of the issues members of Congress are talking about today are things the SARA panel looked at in 2006.

Tags: Marcia Madsen , Mayer Brown , In Depth , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:28pm EDT
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Tom Davis, Government Relations Director, Deloitte

Acquisition reform is one of the most popular subjects on Capitol Hill right now. The likely next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), is leading a task force on defense acquisition reform. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations just published a collection of essays from acquisition experts on the next steps for reform. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Tom Davis, director of government relations for Deloitte and former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's changed since the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel presented its work to his committee eight years ago.

Tags: Tom Davis , In Depth , acquisition reform , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:19pm EDT
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