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Navy sharpens acquisition pencil to find savings

The service is taking a four-pronged approach to improve its procurement process and find savings. A review board looks at all acquisitions to make sure its strategy and contract formation are beneficial. Other agencies, like NASA and DHS, are consolidating more contracts into larger buys.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Navy , DHS , NASA , Mike Smith , Elliott Branch , Joanne Woytek , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller , DoD

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:33am EDT
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Army, Marine Corps look to replace Humvee

Despite planned budget cuts, the military is moving ahead to design a new tactical truck to replace the Humvee, which is vulnerable to roadside bombs and isn't expected meet the demands of future conflicts.

Tags: Humvee , armored truck , acquisition , DoD Report , budget , GAO , Army , USMC , DoD , Afghanistan , Iraq , Federal Drive , Amanda Iacone

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 03:57pm EDT

Oversight and compliance challenges

Host Roger Waldron talks government oversight with Ken Donohue of the Reznick Group.
July 17, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , compliance , oversight , Ken Donohue , Reznick Government , HUD , mortgage crisis , government market , fraud and waste , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 07/17/2012, 09:05pm EDT
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OMB to expand vendor offices after initial successful tests

The Veterans Affairs Department said it saved $40 million by using this centralized approach to managing contractors. vendor management organizations also help agencies buy more strategically. OFPP plans to expand strategic sourcing and sets a $2 billion savings goal by 2015.

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , OMB , OFPP , strategic sourcing , technology , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , Joe Jordan , PortfolioStat , vendor management organizations , DHS , Jane Holl Lute , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Transportation , John Porcari , Jason Miller , President

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 05:43am EDT
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DoD leaders advocate plug-and-play IT buying

Defense leaders say the Pentagon should skip buying IT for some major systems until contractors finish production. Many big projects take years to complete, meaning the technology inside becomes outdated by project completion.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , technology , Mark Bowman , David Simpson , DISA , Joint Staff , IT , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:36pm EDT
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Study: Medicare contractors vulnerable to conflicts

Firms that are paid tens of millions of dollars to root out Medicare fraud are bidding on contracts to investigate companies they are doing business with, sometimes their own parent companies, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Tags: industry , acquisition , CMS

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 02:01pm EDT

IG: Medicare contractors vulnerable to conflicts of interest

Firms that are paid tens of millions of dollars to root out Medicare fraud are bidding on contracts to investigate companies they are doing business with, sometimes their own parent companies, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Tags: CMS , Daniel Levinson , HHS OIG , Medicare fraud , contracting , acquisition , industry

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 05:19pm EDT

Air Force awards 5 contracts for cybersecurity project

The Air Force has awarded contracts to five companies to help it with a long-term cybersecurity project.

Tags: Air Force , contracting , acquisition , DoD , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 08:30am EDT

Lockheed announces 740 job cuts to D.C.-based unit

Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest defense contractors, has announced a 5 percent workforce reduction at its Mission Systems and Sensors (MS2)business area. The company said it notified 308 of its U.S.-based employees Tuesday "that they will no longer have employment with the company," according to a release.

Tags: acquisition , industry , contracting , layoffs , budget , Lockheed Martin , Dale Bennett , Robert Stevens

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 07:53pm EDT

All things small biz

Author Steve Koprince will talk about his book and the challenges facing small business contractors.
July 9, 2012(Encore presentation August 6, 2012)

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Steve Koprince , small business , SBA , set asides , SDVOSB , Subcontracting , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 07/09/2012, 07:36pm EDT
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