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Acquisition workers as critical thinkers: A change that has to happen

In Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, the Defense Acquisition University, the Federal Acquisition Institute and other experts say a new kind of acquisition worker is needed. One that brings business acumen, understands technology and knows the FAR forward and back. The ever-evolving training regime for federal acquisition workers is no longer just about the hard skills of acquisition.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , FAI , Jeff Birch , James Woolsey , Jaime Gracia , Seville Government Consulting , Chuck Williams , Management Concepts , Michael Fischetti , National Contract Management Association , training , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Panel discussion: Combating a retirement-driven brain drain

In this special Federal Drive panel discussion, guest experts discuss the impending retirement wave and how agencies can plan effectively for the loss of experience and knowledge when their long-time employees head for the experts.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Al Tyree , Graduate School USA , Sheila Wright , HUD , Christopher Hardy , retirement , knowledge management , Retirement Conundrum

Friday - 05/31/2013, 02:54pm EDT
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Analysis: Defense acquisition should consider Congress, lobbyists as stakeholders

The Defense Acquisition University Alumni Association hosted a special forum last week on the role of the congressional staff and lobbyists in the defense acquisition process. Bill Bahnmaier, the president of the association, told In Depth with Francis Rose the way the roles interrelate is often obscured because there's rarely a "direct link" between them.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Bill Bahnmaier , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore , DAU Alumni Association

Monday - 10/08/2012, 07:07pm EDT
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Acquipedia site answers tough procurement queries in 'Reader's Digest' format

The online, collaborative portal, managed by the Defense Acquisition University, features 400 articles on common defense acquisition topics. Each entry provides a definition, a brief narrative and links to policy guidance and other tools.

Tags: Acquipedia , Jill Garcia , In Depth , Francis Rose , acquisition , acquisition workforce

Monday - 03/26/2012, 09:21pm EDT
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On the show today March 26

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: Miriam Nisbet , NARA , Manuel Cebrian , Jill Garcia , FOIA , Acquipedia

Tuesday - 03/27/2012, 01:59am EDT

DoD plans more formalized training for financial managers

The Pentagon has standardized, course-based training and certification programs for its acquisition workforce. DoD's CFO wants comparable standards for the department's financial management community.

Tags: defense , Robert Hale , On DoD , Jared Serbu , auditability , financial management , GAO , Marines Corps , Navy , workforce , training

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 08:30am EST
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DAU launches online toolkit to improve cost controls

Bill Kobren, the director of the Logistics and Sustainment Center at DAU, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss how a new online toolkit will help DoD's acquisition community.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , DoD , In Depth , Francis Rose , Bill Kobren

Monday - 12/19/2011, 08:41pm EST
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Exclusive: Gordon stresses future continuity as he prepares to leave

OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon looks back on his tenure highlighting the successes of his office. Gordon will become the associate dean of contracts law at The George Washington University in January. He said improvements to the acquisition workforce and the implementation of strategic sourcing are among his accomplishments.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , acquisition policy , Dan Gordon , OFPP , FAI , strategic sourcing , GSA , budget , supercommittee , George Washington University , insourcing , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/28/2011, 05:08am EST
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OFPP warns against cuts to acquisition workforce

Progress has been made in better recruiting and training the acquisition workforce, but budget cuts could threaten years of progress, outgoing OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said at a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

Tags: acquisition , workforce , acquisition workforce , DoD , FAI , Donna Jenkins , Katrina McFarland , Roger Jordan , PSC , Dan Gordon , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 05:36am EST
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DCMA leads acquisition 'revolution'

The Defense Department said it intends to not just rebuild its acquisition workforce in numbers, but also make sure those employees have access to new tools that will give them the insight they need to make good decisions.

Tags: DoD , DCMA , DCAA , NCMA , 2011 GCMC , acquisition , workforce , acquisition workforce , industry , contracting , pricing , Shay Assad , Timothy Callahan , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 05:29am EST
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