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DoD carries weight of governmentwide small business goal

As the biggest spender in the federal government, the Defense Department has the greatest potential to award contracts to small businesses. But the nature and breadth of defense contracts can leave out small firms. In part one of Federal News Radio's special report, The Small Business Dilemma, we examine how the Pentagon is taking steps to make it easier for small firms to do business with the department.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , contracting , Alice Williams , Army Contracting Command , Sean Crean , Navy , Naval Supply Systems Command , set-asides , Mitch Free , Connecting to American Manufacturing , MFG.com , Small Business Dilemma , small business , Jolie Lee , exclusive

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 08:00am EDT

Swing states, tax code and the fiscal cliff

On this week's Bloomberg Government Capital Impact show, analysts will examine the challenges facing the swing state of Virginia. Plus, what does Arizona Senator John McCain think about the U.S. tax code and other financial issues.
October 11, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Romney presidential campaign , Obama presidential campaign , swing states , Virginia , John McCain , fiscal cliff , tax code , Nela Richardson , Melissa Avstreih , Allen Scott , Peter Cook , IBM Business Government , Capital Impact

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 07:07pm EDT
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Agencies finally figuring out how HSPD-12 cards can improve security

More than eight years after the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 requiring the issuance of secure identity cards, governmentwide and agency-specific initiatives provide hope the smart cards can be more than "glorified ID cards." NIST and GSA are developing an identity exchange in the cloud. DHS and IRS are putting their cards to use at a local level for both building and computer access.

Tags: technology , acquisition , identity management , Tom McCarty , DHS , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , Sharon James , IRS , Naomi Lefkovitz , NIST , cloud computing , information sharing , back-end attribute exchange , GSA , PortfolioStat , HSPD-12 , AFCEA Bethesda , ACT-IAC , standards based acquisition model , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:01am EDT
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What role will contractors play in new DoD strategy?

Roger Waldron, the president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, said the members of his group, which include many of the largest players in the industry, are already preparing for how they'll shift gears. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how the new strategy affects the contracting sphere.

Tags: acquisition , industry , contracting , DoD , Roger Waldron , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/09/2012, 06:51pm EST
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Senate Dems. call for service-contracting cap, but industry cries foul

A group of 26 Democratic senators wrote last week to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urging the Pentagon to lift an "arbitrary" cap on DoD's civilian workforce, saying contractors hadn't been similarly affected by budget constraints. But the Professional Services Council, an industry group which represents many defense contractors, rebuts the charge that contractors haven't also felt the effects of the current fiscal climate.

Tags: Congress , Senate , DoD , acquisition , service contracting , PSC , Alan Chvotkin , Stan Soloway , Sherrod Brown , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Thursday - 05/03/2012, 10:12pm EDT
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DoD, State implement only fraction of wartime contracting recommendations

A new Government Accountability Office report found that three main actors in contingency contracting the Defense and State Departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development will likely only implement a fraction of the recommendations set out by the Commission on Wartime Contracting. The agencies have either determined their existing policies already address the commission's concerns or they disagreed with the recommendation in the first place, GAO found.

Tags: GAO , DoD , State , USAID , contracting , contingency contracting , acquisition , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Jack Moore

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 07:27pm EDT

2012 Defense bill amendment capping contractor pay advances

An amendment to the 2012 Defense Authorization Bill, passed by the Senate last week, caps taxpayer-funded compensation for all contracting employees at $400,000. Senate sponsors of the measure say the measure is designed to head off burgeoning defense contractor salaries. Federal employee unions have applauded the bill, but it has drawn the ire of industry groups. The Senate version of the defense bill, which contains controversial provisions dealing with military detainees, must still be reconciled with a House version before becoming law.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Barbara Boxer , Chuck Grassley , Jay Rockefeller , 2012 Defense Authorization bill , Congress , Senate , AFGE , John Gage , Acquisition Reform Working Group , Jack Moore

Monday - 12/05/2011, 05:25pm EST

GAO: DCMA hampered by contingency contracting, DCAA

The contract management agency has added staff in recent years and sought a pivot in strategy, the GAO found. But DCMA still faces issues, such as contingency contracting and its reliance on DCAA, that impact its ability to meet its mission, GAO's John Hutton said on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: DCMA , John Hutton , GAO , workforce , In Depth , DCAA , contracting , acquisition , acquisition workforce , Jack Moore

Monday - 11/14/2011, 05:41pm EST
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GAO: Agencies lack risk management in service contracts

John Hutton, the director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at GAO, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the watchdog agency's latest report, which focused on service contracts.

Tags: John Hutton , GAO , acquisition , contracting , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/09/2012, 08:21pm EST
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GAO: Lack of guidance stymies efforts to review DoD service contracts

In 2008, Congress mandated the Pentagon to keep an inventory of service contracts and review it annually to make sure government work wasn't being improperly outsourced. But the Government Accountability Office, in a recent report, found a lack of guidance from the top has led to challenges in implementing that requirement.

Tags: GAO , Tim Dinapoli , Francis Rose , In Depth , DoD , acquisition , service contracting , DoD Report , Jack Moore

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 09:53pm EDT
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