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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD still slow to share medical records; New hiring initiative at VA; DISA's $12B IT contract

In this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, Jared Serbu examines news and buzz in the Defense community that you might have missed including: DoD-VA medical record sharing still too slow; VA kicks off new drive to hire docs; DISA plans follow-on to Encore II contract

Tags: Inside the DoD Reporter , DoD , DISA , Veterans Affairs , VA , inspector general , contracting , technology , Robert McDonald , Jennifer Carter , oversight , Jared Serbu

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:47pm EDT

GSA changes plans, will keep service schedules open after all

The General Services Administration tells Federal News Radio it no longer believes it's necessary to close down its seven services schedules to new vendors while it puts together the consolidated professional services contracts. GSA is trying to make it easier for agencies to buy professional services and for vendors to sell their expertise.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Tiffany Hixson , schedule contracts , industry , Transportation Department , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 04:17am EDT
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Tester targets tax-delinquent Defense contractors

Lawmaker asks National Security Director James Clapper to take action against the tax- delinquents and inform them that their potentially harmful financial behaviors put the nation's security at risk.

Tags: Jon Tester , James Clapper , security clearance reform , IRS , Tax delinquent contractors , contracting , DoD , industry , workforce , Senate , Congress , ODNI , GAO , Michael OConnell , oversight

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:18pm EDT

RFP officially begins DoD effort to modernize electronic health records

After more than a year of planning, the Defense Department issues the final solicitation for a commercial software to replace its AHLTA program. The Pentagon expects to make a single award for the contract that could be worth $11 billion over its lifetime.

Tags: DoD , technology , electronic health records , health IT , acquisition , contracting , Christopher Miller , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:51am EDT

Acquisition priorities at GSA

Jeff Koses, senior procurement executive for the General Services Administration, will discuss his acquisition priorities for the agency.
August 26, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Jeff Koses , GSA , acquisition workforce , prices paid data , social media , collaboration , visualization , ombudsman , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:02pm EDT
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Q&A with former GSA administrator Martha Johnson

Former GSA Administrator Martha Johnson discusses her new book: "On My Watch: Leadership, Innovation and Personal Resilience", and takes a look back at her career in public service.
August 25, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Martha Johnson , GSA scandal , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 08/25/2014, 07:58pm 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

GSA predicts new initiatives will light the path toward better governmentwide acquisition

The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service will launch the first set of initiatives under its new category management approach, called hallways, in the next six weeks to cover office supplies, IT hardware and IT software. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe detailed the strategy to give customer agencies more data to make better acquisition decisions.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , Tom Sharpe , FAS , Kevin Youel Page , AFFIRM , Jason Miller

Friday - 08/22/2014, 04:11am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Right now, the Navy has more than 630 network baselines on its ships at sea. A contract the service awarded this week aims to change that. The Navy is committing up to $2.5 billion to five vendors who will replace that IT mishmash with a single, standards based network architecture. Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Navy , contracting

Friday - 08/22/2014, 09:45am EDT
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GSA applying its IT model to overhaul of services schedules

Tiffany Hixson, the Federal Acquisition Service's professional services category executive, said the goal is to consolidate seven professional services schedules, such as MOBIS, FABS and professional engineering, into a handful of schedules. She said GSA is using the same approach for services as it did with IT by awarding the OASIS contracts to compliment the professional services schedule modernization.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , GSA , Tiffany Hixson , professional services , OASIS , Alliant , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 03:57am EDT
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