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Pentagon's Ginman reflects on four decades in Defense procurement

Richard Ginman, the director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, left government late last month. In an interview with Federal News Radio's On DoD a few days before his retirement, he reflected on what's changed during his 42-year career, and what hasn't.

Tags: On DoD , acquisition , Richard Ginman , GAO , DCMA , DCAA , Althea Coetzee , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 03:55am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it's in the midst of a significant reduction in its spending for service contractors -- including a $2 billion cut to logistics support contracts that officials expect to double in the coming years. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, most of the work they're performing will be handed over to soldiers and Army civilians.

Tags: Jason Miller , Army , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:51pm EDT
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Army to deal with budget cuts by sharing services with local communities

The military already has shown it can improve services on bases through public-private partnerships. As budgets shrink, the next task is to partner with local governments.

Tags: Army , Installations , sequestration , Intergovernmental Support Agreement , Ivan Bolden , Sam Farr , Rochelle Dornatt , Danial Pick , Paul Fellinger , Association of the U.S. Army , Public-private partnership , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:25am EDT

Bobby Smart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Air Force

Military contractor requirements seem simple enough: Get the right material to the right location on time. Some contractors are better at it than others. It's true that you get what you measure, which is why the military branches have the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS). They use it to create an incentive program to spur on suppliers. Bobby Smart, the Air Force's deputy assistant secretary for Acquisition Integration, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain how the system works.

Tags: Bobby Smart , Air Force , CSPAR , contracting , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:06am EDT
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Mike Sullivan, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department couldn't provide reliable data on many of its current Acquisition Category II and III programs. That's according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Those programs include everything from a multi-billion dollar radar modernization program to soldier clothing. Mike Sullivan, the director of acquisition and sourcing management at GAO, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on the report.

Tags: Mike Sullivan , GAO , acquisition , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 09:03am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says it has the backing of legal authorities to start an aggressive push for public-private partnerships to help deal with funding cuts to its military bases. The service says it's set up a speedy approval process in the Pentagon to let base commanders make agreements with their local communities and to share a wide range of public works services rather than running them on their own. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , In Depth

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 05:10pm EDT
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Acting DoD CIO Halvorsen accepts permanent tech chief role

Terry Halvorsen, a former Navy CIO, assumed the role of permanent CIO on Sunday, according to a Pentagon spokesperson.

Tags: Terry Halvorsen , CIO , cybersecurity , cloud computing , Teri Takai , Pentagon

Monday - 03/09/2015, 10:37am EDT

Why BRAC is good news for VA, but bad news for DoD and the Postal Service

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald seems to be closing the deal several secretaries of Defense and at least one postmaster general couldn't, says Federal News Radio's Francis Rose in a new commentary.

Tags: Francis Rose , commentary , Veterans Affairs , BRAC , USPS , workforce

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:07am EDT

Air Force to ask for base closures, aircraft retirements despite repeated rebuffs

As is typical, Defense leaders are not sharing many details about next year's budget proposal prior to its expected February release. But the Air Force is making clear it's gearing up for another fight on BRAC and aircraft divestitures, and thinks it might win this time.

Tags: Air Force , Deborah Lee James , Mark Welsh , budget , Congress , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/19/2015, 03:54am EST
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Tighter budgets lead to more cost overruns; Army wraps up listening tour ahead of force structure decisions

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, could a new report finally explain which Pentagon policies tend to lead to cost and schedule growth, and which ones keep programs on track? Plus, why it seems unlikely that Congress will go along with DoD's latest request to close stateside military bases.

Tags: Inside the Reporterís Notebook , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Congress , Army , Katherine Hammack , sequestration , BRAC , Installations , John Conger , Peter Levine , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:35am EDT
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