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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Changes to CIO role, a $37 million financial audit, and review of LPTA contracts

In this week's "Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook," the Pentagon is making some adjustments to the role of its chief information officer; DoD awards contracts for its first large-scale financial audit; the Pentagon's acquisition chief says a few high-profile "lowest-price technically acceptable" cases have blown the whole thing out of proportion and Jessica Wright, who's served as the undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness since January 2013, announced that she'll be retiring at the end of March.

Tags: DoD , Inside the DoD Reporters Notebook , technology , financial management , acquisition , chief information officer , Air Force , Terry Halvorsen , audit readiness , Randall Culpepper , Jessica Wright

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:08am EST

Jason Miller, executive editor, Federal News Radio

Anne Rung is three months into her tenure as head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and it looks like she's been busy. On Dec. 4 she released new marching orders for how agencies must use data to make better procurement decisions. She discussed the details with Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller, starting with where some of the ideas originated.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Anne Rung , OFPP , acquisition , acquisition workforce , In Depth

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 09:54am EST
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Jan Hamby, Chancellor, NDU'S iCollege

Many senior IT managers fight an uphill battle. Too often, they're seen just as the tech guy by senior level peers. Enter the National Defense University's Information Resources Management College or iCollege. For many years, it's been offering high-level, strategic education to both military and civilian IT and acquisition career employees. Navy Rear Adm. Jan Hamby is the new Chancellor of NDU's iCollege. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss where she hopes to take a venerable institution.

Tags: Jan Hamby , National Defense University , Information Resources Management College , acquisition , Navy , chancellor , iCollege

Friday - 12/05/2014, 08:14am EST
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OFPP's Rung rolls out 3-pronged acquisition improvement plan

Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Anne Rung has released a memo detailing a road map to create a new model for federal contracting. The administration will expand the concept of category management across the government, while also developing a cadre of IT acquisition experts and revamping the government's relationship with its vendors.

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , Anne Rung , industry , category management , GSA , DoD , acquisition workforce , digital services , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 12/04/2014, 06:00am EST
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IT reform bill overcomes toughest hurdle on path to become law

The House and Senate Armed Services committee members agreed to keep a pared down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act in the final National Defense Authorization Act.

Tags: technology , acquisition , FITARA , Gerry Connolly , Darrell Issa , OMB , OPM , National Defense Authorization Act , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jason Miller , Congress

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:19pm EST

Cheap IT, dwindling maintenance leave Navy vulnerable to cyber threats

Defense Department doctrine makes clear that cyberspace is a military domain, just like air, land, space and sea. But the Navy's top cyber officer said the procurement system hasn't yet caught onto that notion.

Tags: Jan Tighe , cybersecurity , acquisition , Cyber Awakening , Matthew Swartz , Center for Strategic and International Studies , Jared Serbu , DoD , Navy , technology

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:33am EST
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Corporate citizenship & supporting our veterans

Robin Portman, executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton discusses some of the company's corporate initiatives, including a program to help veterans as they transition from the military to the civilian workforce.
December 2, 2014

Tags: acquisition , procurement , contracting , Robin Portman , Booz Allen Hamilton , corporate responsibility , corporate citizenship , mentoring , veterans training , Easter Seals , Easter Seals Advocacy Awards Dinner , federal market , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf , Coalition for Government Procurement

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 08:54pm EST
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Contracting myth No. 7: Our proprietary information is safe with the government

There are a myriad of ways that doing business with the federal government differs from the commercial sector, and protection of a company's sensitive business information is one of them, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Public Contracting Institute , Thompson Coburn , contracting , 10 Myths of Government Contracting , proprietary information , industry , acquisition , FOIA

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 03:34am 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.
December 1, 2014

Tags: Harold Good , acquisition , Steve Charles , immixGroup , WSCA , NASPO , NIGP , US Communities , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 12/01/2014, 08:15pm EST
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Cybersecurity and CDM

Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Brad Medairy, will discuss how Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) can help your agency meet its cybersecurity challenges.
November 25, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Brad Medairy , Booz Allen Hamilton , cybersecurity , Continous Diagnostics and Mitigation , cyber threats , asset management , vulnerability management , predictive intelligence , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 08:46pm EST
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