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DoD bolsters acquisition workforce in face of budget pressures

Tighter budgets and the threat of sequestration have not discouraged the Defense Department from increasing the size of its acquisition workforce, officials said. DoD is adding 20,000 employees to buy more efficiently.

Tags: acquisition , workforce , management , budget , DoD , Air Force , Navy , DLA , Army , Rene Thomas-Rizzo , Scott Harwood , Roy Wood , Tom Evans , Ruben Gomez , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 05:09pm EDT
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Column: Acquisition workforce strategy is the answer to DoD's problems

Retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, a member of the Defense Business Board, said the decimation of contracting officers, program managers and others have put the military at a disadvantage in spending hundreds of billions of dollars. He said the answer to their problem is simple but hard to implement: a comprehensive plan to improve the acquisition workforce.

Tags: Arnold Punaro , DoD , contracting , acquisition , James Cartwright , John McCain , Defense Business Board , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 06:01am EDT
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Lieberman, Collins warn against slashing acquisition workforce

The two influential senators say the mistakes the Defense Department and others made in the 1990s during the last serious budget reductions can't be repeated this time around. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said budget cuts shouldn't be balanced on the backs of the acquisition workforce. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) added reductions in acquisition staff mean the government will pay more for goods and services.

Tags: acquisition , oversight , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , acquisition workforce , training , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Acquisition bill tracker

Federal News Radio put together a list of pending legislation that affects federal contractors and the acquisition workforce. We will continuously update this list

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

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 09:35am EDT

Column: Finding answers to a better trained acquisition workforce

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said the acquisition workforce is most important to improving how the government buys goods and services. He said with 55 percent of the current workforce eligible to retire by 2018, agencies and Congress have to work together to figure out how best to train and equip these employees to be successful.

Tags: James Lankford , Congress , House , acquisition , acquisition workforce , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:56am EDT

Competition in Contracting Act (1984)

Congress is always active in the acquisition and procurement area. Every year, it enacts some provisions that are intended to improve the acquisition process.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , acquisition , Competition in Contracting Act , William Woods , GAO , Timothy DiNapoli , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement

Friday - 06/08/2012, 11:08am EDT

Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (1994)

Ten years after the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) became law, it was once again time to alter the federal acquisition process in a significant way.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , acquisition , contracting , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Timothy DiNapoli , GAO , Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act

Friday - 06/08/2012, 11:10am EDT

Clinger-Cohen Act (1996)

In 1996, Congress passed the Clinger-Cohen Act, which eliminated the exclusive authority of the General Services Administration to acquire technology and allowed individual federal agencies to assume that role. This story is part of Timeline: Congress crafts acquisition policy.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Clinger Cohen Act , technology , William Woods , GAO , GSA , Brooks Act , Board of Contract Appeal , Steve Kelman , OFPP

Friday - 06/08/2012, 11:12am EDT

Federal Acquisition and Reform (1996)

The Federal Acquisition and Reform Act (FARA) of 1996 built on many of the elements introduced in the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994.

Tags: Federal Acquisition and Reform Act , acquisition , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Tim DiNapoli , GAO

Friday - 06/08/2012, 11:13am EDT

HUBZone Empowerment Act (1998)

In 1998, Congress passed the HUBZone Empowerment Act in order to give a boost to small business located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones in bidding on contracts.

Tags: HUBZone Empowerment Act , William Woods , GAO , acquisition , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Friday - 06/08/2012, 11:41am EDT
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