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DoD's proposals aims to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Tags: acquisition , management , Congress , DoD , Mac Thornberry , House Armed Services Committee , Frank Kendall , Better Buying Power , Aerospace innovation initiative , Jason Miller

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Air Force to reshape 'cost curve' via targeted acquisition reforms

A new series of acquisition changes called "Bending the Cost Curve" aims to make the overall Air Force acquisition process more responsive to technological advances, and reduce the time it takes to buy major weapons systems. The Air Force Research Lab will host a technology challenge program with the largest award in military history.

Tags: Air Force , Deborah Lee James , acquistion , Bending the Cost Curve , Better Buying Power , Atlantic Council , industry , contracting , challenges , Bill LaPlante , Air Force Research Laboratory , Cost-cutting analysis program , plugfest , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:00am EST

DoD aims for more consistent decisions on ‘commercial' items

The Defense Contract Management Agency is creating a new team of dedicated pricing experts, looking for more consistent decisions within DoD about what constitutes a commercial product.

Tags: DoD , DCMA , acquisition , industry , Better Buying Power , Wendy Masiello , acquisition policy , commercial item , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 12/10/2014, 04:52am EST
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Pentagon pushes data transparency to get better deals

DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it's bought before.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , industry , Shay Assad , Contractor Business Analysis Repository , Better Buying Power , data transparency , Coalition for Government Procurement , Jared Serbu , Contracting officers , technology

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:32am EST
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What does real procurement reform look like?

Steve Schooner, Nash & Cibinic professor of Government Procurement Law and co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at the George Washington University Law School, will discuss procurement reform and other acquisition issues with host Roger Waldron.
November 4, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Steve Schooner , George Washington University Law School , procurement reform , acquisition workforce , Better Buying Power , Better Buying Power 3.0 , oversight , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf , Coalition for Government Procurement

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:57pm EST
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DOD asks leaders to grade RFPs earlier in acquisitions

Katrina McFarland, the assistant secretary of Defense for acquisition, said senior officials review solicitations before they get Milestone A approval to move into the technology development phase. This type of analysis had been missing previously or only done after it was too late.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , DoD , Katrina McFarland , TechAmerica Foundation , Better Buying Power , Gerry Robbins , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:33am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is requiring senior officials to review major acquisitions before they receive approval to move into the technology development. That's the phase commonly known as Milestone A. This change is part of the rigor of the Better Buying Power initiative. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the current and future impact of BBP.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Milestone A , DoD , Better Buying Power , acquisition

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 10:48am EDT
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What does real procurement reform look like?

Steve Schooner, Nash & Cibinic professor of Government Procurement Law and co-director of the Government Procurement Law Program at the George Washington University Law School, will discuss procurement reform and other acquisition issues with host Roger Waldron.
October 21, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Steve Schooner , George Washington University Law School , procurement reform , acquisition workforce , Better Buying Power , Better Buying Power 3.0 , oversight , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 08:57pm EDT
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Pentagon's new version of Better Buying Power focuses on ‘technical excellence'

The latest blueprint to improve DoD's acquisition process will try to help the military achieve game-changing end products and spend less time on the business end of the acquisition system. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the strategy remains in draft form while DoD gathers feedback from a variety of experts.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , contracting , industry , Better Buying Power , Frank Kendall , Stan Soloway , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:19am EDT
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Pentagon sees competition declining in defense contracting, and orders remedies

The Defense Department's acquisition chief outlined a series of changes intended to bolster competition for DoD contracts on Friday, lamenting the fact that the Pentagon has missed its competition goals every year since the goals were created.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , industry , competition , contracting , Better Buying Power , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Monday - 08/25/2014, 03:22pm EDT
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