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Contractors play central role in State-run mission in Iraq

Ever since 2003, contractors have played a major role in the contingency operations in Iraq. But with the transition to a State Department-led diplomatic mission there, some analysts believe contractors will play an even more central role. As part of the special series, Trial by Fire: Overseas Contracting in Transition, Federal News Radio examines how industry fared in the DoD-to-State handoff and whether State's enhanced role spells new opportunities for contractors.

Tags: acquisition , contingency operations , contracting , industry , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , LOGCAP , Tommy Marks , Bloomberg Government , Brian Friel

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 03:09pm EDT

Veteran-owned businesses question fairness of VA's contractor verification

The process to ensure veterans are receiving contracts from the VA is actually shutting out some veteran business owners. But the VA says it inherited a large responsibility quickly and has since made great strides in improving its verification program.

Tags: VA , contracting , acquisition , Lisa Wolford , Scott Denniston , Tom Leney , Devon Hewitt , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , industry , Jolie Lee

Friday - 06/15/2012, 09:54am EDT

Tracking contracting dollars

This chart shows the rise and leveling off of contracting dollars since 2000.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Monday - 05/28/2012, 02:33pm EDT

Chart: Bid protests 2000-2011

Bid protests of government contracts have been on a steady rise over the past decade.

Tags: bid protests , acquisition , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , industry

Monday - 05/28/2012, 02:35pm EDT

Suspension, debarment a 'business decision' for agencies

Agencies are using suspensions and debarments more often as a way to stop or prevent doing business with contractors who lie, cheat or just do shoddy work. David Sims, chairman of the Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee and a suspension and debarment manager at the Interior Department, gives an overview of the use of suspension and debarment governmentwide.

Tags: David Sims , Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee , Federal Drive , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , acquisition , suspension and debarment , contracting

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 10:07am EDT
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Acquisition process not always seamless

As part of Federal News Radio's week-long multimedia special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer, Lee Dougherty a member of General Counsel, P.C.'s Government Contracts Practice discusses the suspension and debarment process.

Tags: Lee Dougherty , General Counsel P.C , acquisition , suspension and debarment , contracting , In Depth , Francis Rose , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , industry

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 06:53pm EDT
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Chart: Federal acquisition workforce 2000-2010

A look at the increasing size of the acquisition workforce. Data is from the Federal Acquisition Institute.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , acquisition , contracting , acquisition workforce

Monday - 05/28/2012, 02:07pm EDT

NIH's GWAC adjusts to new procurement rules to cut waste, increase competition

The National Institutes of Health has more than a decade of experience under its belt administering a governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC).

Tags: Mary Armstead , NIH , HHS , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , acquisition , GWAC , technology , workforce , Federal Drive

Monday - 06/11/2012, 12:07pm EDT
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List of contract vehicles quickly adds up

You have to have a very good business case if you want to add the long list of contract vehicles. Jim Williams managed a few of those vehicles as commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service. He's now a senior vice president at Daon.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Jim Williams , Daon , acquisition , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , contract vehicles

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 08:28pm EDT
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Assessing acquisition rules a full-time pursuit

Rules and regulations are supposed to help the government make the smartest, fairest purchases are often complex. For Bill Woods, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, federal procurement rules are a full-time pursuit.

Tags: Bill Woods , GAO , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , acquisition , acquisition workforce , oversight , acquisition policy , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:14pm EDT
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