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Administration's strategic sourcing push successfully resonates with agencies

The administration decided to dust off the idea that the government is one big shopper and not 130 medium-sized ones as part of their Campaign to Cut Waste. Federal News Radio examines the issue as part of our special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , strategic sourcing , Campaign to Cut Waste , Obama Impact

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:50am EDT
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Despite Mythbusters, poor communication still plagues industry-government relationship

Recognizing longstanding challenges in communication between government and industry, the Obama administration rolled out its Mythbusters initiative to dispel misconceptions around agency-vendor communication. But the guidance has had only limited success. Federal News Radio speaks Steven Grundman, the Lund Fellow for emerging defense challenges at the Atlantic Council, as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years

Tags: industry , acquisition , acquisition policy , OFPP , Mythbusters , Steven Grundman , Obama Impact

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:57am EDT
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Reducing high-risk contracts yields mixed results

Agencies failed to meet a lofty goal to cut spending on new contracts considered high-risk by 10 percent. But despite the inconclusive results, contracting experts and agency procurement chiefs told Federal News Radio there's more to evaluating the effort to reduce high-risk contracts than the failure to reach the goal. Federal News Radio examines this as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: OMB , OFPP , Debra Sonderman , Bill McNally , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , high-risk contracts , Obama Impact , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:54am EDT

Strategic sourcing: Pennywise but pound foolish?

Some small businesses are calling into question the benefits of the Obama administration's strategic sourcing initiative. They say the agencies are mandating the use of the office supplies BPA and putting more than 500 Schedule 75 holders at risk of losing their business. GSA, which runs Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI), said there still are plenty of sales to go around as the BPA accounts for less than half of the $1.4 billion office supplies market.

Tags: acquisition , strategic sourcing , GSA , OFPP , Schedule 75 , Steve Kempf , Rick Vogel , Coast-to-Coast Computer Products , Bonnie Whittaker , Adams Marketing , Sam Bornstein , Bornstein and Song , Mick Mulvaney , Judy Chu , House Small Business Committee , Small business contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller , Inside the World

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:39am EDT
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Jordan makes his case for being next OFPP administrator

Joe Jordan told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee he would focus on three priorities if confirmed. He also backed away somewhat from the administration's stance on a cap on executive compensation. Jordan received support from the committee, and a vote on his nomination could come as early as next week.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Congress , management , Joe Jordan , OFPP , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 06:00pm EDT
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Obama to nominate former SBA official Jordan to head OFPP

President Barack Obama announced Friday his plans to nominate Joseph Jordan, a former Small Business Administration official, to head the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Tags: SBA , Joseph Jordan , OMB , OFPP , Jeffrey Zients , Heidi Shyu

Friday - 02/03/2012, 09:22pm EST

Acquisition workforce, contract management top CAO priorities

Improving contract management and workforce development and training the most important areas federal chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives are focusing on in 2012.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , survey , OFPP , budget , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 09:03am EST
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An IT, acquisition review/preview

Federal News Radio's Jason Miller offers his top stories of 2011 and predictions for 2012.

Tags: technology , acquisition , 2011 and Beyond , Jason Miller , cybersecurity , acquisition workforce , shared services , cloud computing , mobile , open government , HSPD-12 , identity management , NSTIC , E-Government Fund

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 04:43pm EST
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Congress amps up Federal Acquisition Institute's horsepower

As part of the Defense Authorization bill, lawmakers approve the FAI Improvement Act. The provision reaffirms the organization's role to oversee and train the civilian acquisition workforce. It also gives OFPP more oversight over the funding and development of procurement education.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , Susan Collins , Gerry Connolly , Congress , Federal Acquisition Institute Improvement Act , Federal Acquisition Institute , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Stan Livingstone , ASI Government , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Service Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , training , 2012 Defense Authorization bill , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:01am EST
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OFPP calls for more micro-purchase spending with small firms

A new memo from OFPP and OMB tells agencies to improve training to buy more from small businesses through the government charge card.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , SBA , OFPP , OMB , Karen Mills , Danny Werfel , micro-purchase threshold , government charge card , GSA , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 04:25pm EST
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