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James announces 9 steps to a more diverse Air Force

Troubled by a lack of women and minorities at the Air Force's higher levels, its leaders are rolling out nine initiatives focusing on recruitment, promotions and retention. "This is not just about how we look. It's about our readiness and capabilities today and in the future," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

Tags: Deborah Lee James , DoD , diversity , Mark Welsh , Center for New American Security

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 04:34pm EST

A look at the 2016 defense budget

Bloomberg Government analysts Robert levinson and Cameron Leuthy join host Roger Waldron to to talk about what's in the fiscal year 2016 defense budget.
February 24, 2015

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Robert Levinson , Cameron Leuthy , Bloomberg Government , defense budget , Army , Navy , Marine Corps , defense priorities , Roger Waldron , 2016 defense budget , Off the Shelf , Coalition for Government Procurement

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 07:56pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The reverse auction firm FedBid is back in the federal market. The Air Force has lifted the suspension - and stopped the debarment process it initiated against the company. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why and how FedBid is back in business with the government.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , FedBid , contracting

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 10:40am EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

FedBid is back in the federal market. The Air Force announced it has lifted the suspension and stopped the debarment process for the reverse auction vendor. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller tells In Depth with Francis Rose why and how FedBid is back in business with the government.

Tags: Jason Miller , FedBid , In Depth

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:59pm EST
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Air Force cancels suspension of FedBid

FedBid and the Air Force came to an agreement to end the reverse auction company's stay from bidding on new contracts. FedBid must implement and maintain a code of business and ethics conduct program and have a third party report on its efforts for a year. Additionally, Ali Saadat, the founder and former CEO of FedBid, resigned on Feb. 5.

Tags: industry , acquisition , contracting , FedBid , Joe Jordan , Ali Saadat , Suspension and debarment , VA

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:26am EST

Air Force claims $2 billion in acquisition savings from 'should-cost' management

Over five years, Air Force has beat the independent cost estimates in its acquisition programs by a collective $2 billion, according to the service's assistant secretary for acquisition. Some of the savings have been returned to the Air Force's top line, but acquisition managers have been allowed to plow some of the money back into their own programs.

Tags: DoD , should cost , acquisition , Better Buying Power , cost capability analysis , William LaPlante , Deborah Lee James , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 10:46am EST
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On DoD: Air Force modernizes its bases through utility privatization

Air Force works to manage on-base utility costs through advanced metering initiative and privatization of aging infrastructure.

Tags: DoD , Energy , Air Force Civil Engineer Center , David Bek , On DoD , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 02:06pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Air Force is celebrating $2 billion of savings. The concept of "should cost" management was a key component of the first version of DoD's Better Buying Power program when it was first rolled out almost five years ago. But the Air Force's acquisition chief says the concept of "should-cost" has helped his department cut program costs by about $2 billion over the last several years. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , acquisition , In Depth , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 04:39pm EST
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Mandy Smithberger, CDI Straus Military Reform Project, POGO

The Air Force is campaigning to get rid of the A-10 aircraft program. But the numbers it's using to justify killing the A-10 aren't the real numbers, according to Mandy Smithberger. She's director of the CDI Straus Military Reform Project for the Project on Government Oversight. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she expained why that is.

Tags: Mandy Smithberger , Project for Government Oversight , A-10 , DoD , In Depth

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 04:36pm EST
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Air Force suspends, begins debarment process of FedBid

The Air Force's decision comes after the Veterans Affairs IG found alleged procurement fraud, intimidation and threats against a federal official. FedBid says it's cooperating with the Air Force and believes it took the necessary steps to fix the problems.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , FedBid , VA , Joe Jordan , Suspension and debarment , reverse auctions , oversight , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 06:32pm EST
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