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Analysis: Partisan climate stymies long-term acquisition improvements

Two former administrators of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Al Burman and Steve Kelman, discuss how acquisition reforms and improvements often fall prey to partisanship. One of OFPP's goals is not only to create acquisition policy, but systems that last beyond one administration. "You want to try to have continuity, as much as you can and keep better management of the procurement system out of partisan politics as much as you can," Kelman said. "If it's just an initiative if it's forgotten in six months it's never going to accomplish anything."

Tags: Al Burman , Steve Kelman , acquisition , acquisition policy , acquisition workforce , In Depth , Francis Rose , OFPP , Jack Moore

Monday - 06/11/2012, 10:19pm EDT
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EPA, USDA break through small business contracting barriers

The federal government as a whole has consistently missed its goal to award 23 percent of its contract dollars to small businesses. But the government also has examples of agencies bucking that trend. In part two of our special report, The Small Business Dilemma, Federal News Radio speaks with several agencies' about how they're succeeding in the small business contracting arena.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , small business , SBA , Jeanette Brown , EPA , Dot Harris , Energy , Joe Ware , USDA , Small Business Dilemma , Jolie Lee , exclusive , best practices

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 05:00am EDT

Congress, sequestration, and acquisition

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates Inc., will talk about the congressional process and how its affecting acquisition.
October 9, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Jon Etherton , Etherton and Associates , Congress , sequestration , defense authorization , acquisition policy , lame duck session , Senate Armed Services Committee , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 06:39pm EDT
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CFO Council extends contract to build debt-collection dashboard

GSA also renews a contract to improve its human resources shared service provider effort. The Federal Acquisition Institute will hold an industry day in November to discuss two new solicitations.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , FAI , GSA , CFO Council , Human Resources Line of Business , Deloitte , Booz Allen Hamilton , FedBizopps.gov , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/08/2012, 04:54pm EDT

Analysis: Defense acquisition should consider Congress, lobbyists as stakeholders

The Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association hosted a special forum last week on the role of the congressional staff and lobbyists in the defense acquisition process. Bill Bahnmaier, the president of the association, told In Depth with Francis Rose the way the roles interrelate is often obscured because there's rarely a "direct link" between them.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , DAU , Bill Bahnmaier , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore , DAU Alumni Association

Monday - 10/08/2012, 07:07pm EDT
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Sequestration, debt limit, and more

Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for Global Public Sector at TechAmerica, will discuss how sequestration and other issues will affect contracting and acquisition.
October 8, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Trey Hodgkins , Tech America , 2012 Vision Conference , sequestration , IT manufacturing , continuing resolution , debt limit , procurement , FITARA , shared risk , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 10/08/2012, 10:03pm EDT
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Agencies ignoring billions in savings from strategic sourcing

Agencies are missing out on billions of dollars in savings by not using strategic-sourcing contracts, particularly when buying services, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report finds the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Energy spent less than 5 percent of their combined acquisition budgets through strategic sourcing and saved less than $2 billion.

Tags: acquisition , strategic sourcing , contracting , DoD , GAO , DHS , VA , Energy , OFPP , Darrell Issa , SmartBUY , federal strategic sourcing initiative , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:45am EDT
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Industry seeks tweaks to DoD Better Buying Power

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is promising a Better Buying Power 2.0, an revision to earlier reforms. That's good news to many in the defense industry, who hope the changes provide more nuanced guidance as opposed to strict blanket policies to agency contracting officers. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, In Depth with Francis Rosethe time is ripe for an update.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , industry , PSC , In Depth , Francis Rose , Stan Soloway , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/05/2012, 04:03pm EDT

Continuing resolution, Harriers, Israeli technology & prescription drug shortages

On this week's Bloomberg Government Capital Impact show, analysts will talk about what's next for sequestration, options for repairing the Harrier jet, technology that Israel could use to respond to the Iranian nuclear threat, and why certain medications may be in short supply.
October 4, 2012

Tags: acquisition , continuing resolution , sequestration , F-35 , Harrier AV-8B , Marine Corps , Afghanistan , Iran , nuclear weapons , atom bomb , Medicare , Grey Market , Allen Scott , Rob Levinson , Kevin Brancato , Christine Ryan , Michael Oren , Brian Rye , Bloomberg Government , Capital Impact

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:07pm EDT
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New analysis points to 'equilibrium' in DoD contract spending

Over the past 20 years, spending on defense contracts far outstripped growth in the overall defense budget. But a new analysis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies points to an "equilibrium," or steadiness, between contract spending as a share of DoD dollars. David Berteau, the senior vice president and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Security, joined In Depth with Francis to discuss the think tank's annual report on defense contracting trends.

Tags: DoD , contracting , acquisition , CSIS , David Berteau , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 06:07pm EDT
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