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Mark Amtower: 30 years in the federal market

Guest host Tom Temin interviews Mark Amtower about his 30 year career as a consultant in the government contracting market.
January 12, 2015

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Mark Amtower , Amtower and Company , government marketing , FOSE , government contracting , marketing , Tom Temin , Federal News Radio

Monday - 01/12/2015, 08:53pm EST
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GSA's agile RFI beginning of ‘systemic change' in IT acquisition

The General Services Administration's 18F and the Office of Integrated Technology Services issued a request for information as part of its strategy to create a blanket purchase agreement where agencies can buy agile development services for IT projects. Experts say the RFI shows how the government is beginning to adopt industry best practices.

Tags: technology , acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , 18F , agile development , Nick Sinai , Harvard Kennedy School for Government , Raj Ananthanpillai , InfoZen , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/09/2015, 06:37pm EST

Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell PLLC

Stop us if you've heard this before. If you tell contractors bidding on a big procurement you're going to use Plan X for evaluating prices, you better use Plan X. Otherwise you could lose a protest. That's what happened to the Navy in a $2.5 billion program. Procurement attorney Joe Petrillo joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain more of what happened and the lessons learned in this week's Legal Loop.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , Petrillo & Powell , bid protest , contracting , Plan X , Navy , Legal Loop

Thursday - 01/08/2015, 09:34am EST
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Congress and the partisan divide

Tom Davis, director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte, discusses his new book, and what can be done to end the partisan divide in Congress.
January 6, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Congress , Tom Davis , Deloitte , 2014 election , Martin Frost , Richard Cohen , David Eisenhower , The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis , partisan divide , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 08:25pm EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

To cope with the complexity of government procurement, contractors tend to develop habits and rules by which they cope. The best ones echo the Boy Scouts: Be prepared. Tim Sullivan is a partner at Thompson Coburn and has authored the new blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the first commandment: Thou shalt do thy homework.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , contracting , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 09:42am EST
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Contracting Commandment #1: Thou shalt do thy homework

Regardless of where a contractor is in the procurement cycle, he or she must prepare in advance for what is about to happen, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This commentary is part of a new 10-part series, 10 Commandments for Government Contractors.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , homework , contracting , acquisition , preparation

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:23am EST

A look back at 2014 & a look ahead to 2015

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Bob Lohfeld, CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group, join host Mark Amtower to talk about the top contracting stories in 2014, and what's ahead in 2015.
January 5, 2015

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , Bob Lohfeld , Lohfeld Consulting Group , business development , DoD budget , budget cuts , LPTA , Small business contracting , OFPP , Anne Rung , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 01/05/2015, 07:52pm EST
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

The House Armed Services Committee and leaders within industry and Pentagon are making it clear defense acquisition rules need some work. And new Congressional leaders might bring new attitudes on acquisition that could reverse current trends. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared his Top 3 for 2015, and told Federal News Radio's Nicole Ogrysko 2015 is an important year for acquisition reform and the General Services Administration. He's optimistic about the future of procurement in 2015, but a look into his Magic 8 Ball said "The future is still unclear; ask again later."

Tags: Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , DoD , acquisition , contracting , In Depth , Top 3 for 2015

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:16pm EST

Kevin Plexico, Vice President of Information Solutions, Deltek

Federal budgets may not be growing much, but contractors can still make a good living. They're looking at $122 billion in the top 10 prime contracting opportunities from civilian agencies this year. According to Deltek, that's more than double the number from last year. Kevin Plexico is the vice president of information solutions at Deltek. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on civilian contracting opportunities in 2015.

Tags: Kevin Plexico , Deltek , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , budget , contracting

Monday - 01/05/2015, 10:58am EST
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Myth No. 10: Solicitations are filled with boilerplate provisions that don't need to be read carefully

Contracting expert Tim Sullivan says there is no excuse for not being aware of every provision in a government contract.

Tags: acquistion , contracting , Timothy Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Ten Myths of Government Contracting , boilerplate , Solicitation

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 04:09am EST
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