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Lockheed CEO warns of increased government costs from sequestration

The largest federal contractor is struggling to prepare for about $1 trillion in cuts that are due to take effect in January. Retiring-CEO Robert Stevens said agencies will ask vendors to modify contracts and that in turn will drive up the costs of those programs. Lockheed Martin already is taking steps to reduce its spending by consolidating facilities and reducing staff.

Tags: industry , Contracting , DoD , Lockheed Martin , sequestration , budget , Robert Stevens , Chris Kubasik , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:35am EDT
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GAO gives Congress a hand for using data to make decisions

The 34-page guideline details how lawmakers can use performance information to ensure agencies are meeting their missions.

Tags: Management , budget , best practices , GAO , GPRA Modernization , OMB , Taeja Smith

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 08:37pm EDT

Wartime contracting reform bill reintroduced

Senators Claire McCaskill and Jim Webb gain bipartisan support on legislation designed to decrease wasteful spending. Some provisions in the bill regarding accountability have been strengthened.

Tags: DoD , Acquisition , Senate , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Claire McCaskill , James Webb , Esther Carey

Monday - 06/18/2012, 06:07pm EDT

Contingency contracting a slowly turning tide, budget shows

The State Department's share of overseas contingency contracting has grown over the last few years as the department took on new activities and functions as the military departed Iraq. Still, the budget shows, the Defense Department is the main player in overseas contingency contracting. And there's no guarantee Congress won't turn to the foreign affairs budget in its efforts to dramatically reduce the deficit.

Tags: Hillary Clinton , State , DoD , Contracting , contingency contracting , budget , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 01:54pm EDT

DHS demos cyber attack to help sway lawmakers to pass a cyber bill

The Homeland Security Department showed lawmakers and staff how easy it is to create a spear phishing attack against a federal employee using free, open-source tools. The agency also said the Einstein 3 program is under development and will rely on vendors to provide intrusion prevention services. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he expects the cyber bill to go to the Senate floor for debate no later than July.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Mark Weatherford , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , John McCain , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Einstein 3 , Cyber bills , Critical infrastructure protection , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 10:23am EDT
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Panetta orders review of mental diagnoses

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday he has ordered all branches of the military to conduct an extensive review of mental health diagnoses amid criticism of how the services treat the men and women suffering the invisible wounds of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tags: Leon Panetta , DoD , PTSD , Afghanistan and Iraq , Senate ,

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 06:44pm EDT

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 , 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 , House , Acquisition , acquisition workforce , Contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

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

Senate bill tries to break cyber overhaul impasse

The new bill from Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) change the Department of Homeland Security's control over cybersecurity standards in the private sector.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Jon Kyl , Sheldon Whitehouse , Senate , Federal Drive , The Hill

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 08:06am EDT
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