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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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Rob Burton, partner, Venable

The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn't properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He's also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS's future.

Tags: Rob Burton , Venable , GAO , USIS , contracting , industry , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:38pm EDT
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Tim Sullivan,Thompson Coburn LLP

As a government contractor, you don't want to be known as a whiner. Companies fear that if they get reputations for protesting bids it could hurt them in the long run. That's according to Tim Sullivan, a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, 10 Myths of Government Contracting. For the next nine Tuesdays, we'll be talking about these myths with him. In today's installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss myth number two: that you should always lodge a protest.

Tags: contracting , Tom Temin , Tim Sullivan , bid protests

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 09:20am EDT
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Government Contracting Myth No. 2: We should always protest

A company's reputation is an important part of its success and its reputation could be harmed if it is known as a business that protests everything, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This post is the second in the 10-part series, "10 Myths of Government Contracting."

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , best practices , Timothy Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Public Contracting Institute , contracting myths

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 05:00am EDT

What does CapGemini bring to the government market?

CapGemini CEO Doug Lane and Barbara Rosenbaum, vice president of Federal, join host Mark Amtower to talk about the company and its plans to become a bigger presence in the federal market.
October 27, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Capgemini Government Solutions , Doug Lane , Barbara Rosenbaum , federal market , DHS , collaboration , market strategy , big data , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Friday - 10/24/2014, 08:14pm EDT
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Leap Ahead program keeps DHS cyber offerings on cutting edge

The Homeland Security Department has reviewed about 18 new or improved cybersecurity tools or technologies that may be added to the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM). John Streufert, the director of Federal Network Resilience at National Protection and Programs Directorate in DHS, said CDM is not delayed and on track to deliver results.

Tags: technology , acquisition , contracting , cybersecurity , DHS , John Streufert , continuous diagnostics and mitigation , continuous monitoring , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , FISMA , critical system resilience , Leap Ahead program , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 04:55am EDT
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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Consider this: You're a contracting officer. Your technical representative recommends one contractor out of three who are competing for task orders. You give eight orders to the recommended one, two to another and zero to the third contractor. Now, suppose your representatives were bribed by that first contractor. Yep, it all ended up in court. In this week's legal loop, Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the lessons learned.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , contracting , Legal Loop

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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An acquisition wish list for Santa

Keith Trippie, a former Senior Executive Service member executive director for the Enterprise System Development Office at DHS, pens an acquisition wish list for Santa.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , share-in-savings , FedRAMP , cloud computing , workforce , strategic sourcing , Keith Trippie

Friday - 10/17/2014, 10:15am EDT
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GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , bid protest , GAO , Ralph White , DHS , FCI Federal , USIS , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:58am EDT

What does real procurement reform look like?

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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