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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Within the next few weeks, the Navy said it will finally finish its transition to a new operating structure for its IT network. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, all of the Navy's 300,000 users will be operating under a contract structure known as NGEN by the end of this month.

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Thursday - 09/11/2014, 09:46am EDT
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Mike Daniels, Chairman, Invincea

Changes at the Defense Department's small business and industrial base offices are drawing attention to the agency's efforts to attract innovation. Andre Gudger was Director of the Office of Small Business Programs at DoD until he took over Elana Broitman's position as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy in an acting role. Mike Daniels is Chairman of Invincea and Chairman Emeritus of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the small business/DoD connection has been tricky for a long time.

Tags: Michael Daniels , Invincea , In Depth

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:21pm EDT
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Navy on schedule for full transition to NGEN contract at end of this month

After years of acquisition planning, bid protests and then eventually a rolling process of migrating users from one contract to another, the Navy says all of its users will have moved to its new NGEN contract by the end of this month.

Tags: technology , Navy , NGEN , NMCI , mobility , Michael Abreau , Denby Starling , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 01:19pm EDT
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DoD's strategy doesn't match its budget

An analysis from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says the Defense Department will need between $200 billion to $300 billion more than budget caps allow to move forward with its current strategy.

Tags: Todd Harrison , Federal Drive , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments , budget , Shefali Kapadia

Monday - 09/08/2014, 10:58am EDT
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How the Government Will Buy Future Technologies, NextGov Prime

The Federal Acquisition Regulation gets in the way of innovative information technology acquisition in government, according to many industry leaders and even some agency IT leaders. Some experts believe the FAR can be, and should be, your friend for innovative procurement. A panel of experts addressed that idea at NextGov Prime 2014 with Dave McClure of the Veris Group, Joanne Woytek of NASA SEWP, Jaymie Durnan of the Defense Department and Karen Evans of the US Cyber Challenge. McClure tells Federal News Radio's Francis Rose how the process that exists now is perceived.

Tags: FAR , NextGov Prime 2014 , Dave McClure , Veris Group LLC , Joanne Woytek , NASA , Jaymie Durnan , Karen Evans , U.S. Cyber Challenge , In Depth

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 05:20pm EDT
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Miguel Joey Aviles, Young Government Leaders

Agencies struggling to find talented young employees can find help outside the federal government. The group Young Government Leaders has its own university to connect young people with federal training and mentoring opportunities. Miguel Joey Aviles is chief learning officer for Young Government Leaders, and a talent management strategist for the Defense Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some data to help you understand if the federal new-talent pipeline needs some adjustments.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 04:31pm EDT
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Dr. Tom Plaisted, Materials Engineer, Army Research Lab

The 3-D printing revolution now includes an effort to replicate the human skull. The Army Research Laboratory is working on skulls that can be used for research on brain injuries. Dr. Thomas Plaisted is a materials engineer at the Composites and Hybrid Materials Branch of the Weapons and Materials Directorate at the Army Research Lab. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the skulls won't solve the head injury problem, but they'll be an effective tool to help find a solution.

Tags: Tom Plaisted , Army Research Lab , Army , technology , In Depth

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 04:25pm EDT
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DoD targets service contracts, small procurements to boost competition rate

The Pentagon issued a handful of directives in August designed to reverse the trend in its contract competition rate, which has slipped from 64 percent in 2008 to 56.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014. A preliminary analysis shows most of the opportunity for improvement is in service contracting.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Dick Ginman , service contracting , Jared Serbu

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:46am EDT

DHA plans ‘gates' to qualify vendors for $20 bil IDIQ contract

The Defense Health Agency is conducting market research in advance of a planned RFP for a 10-year, $20 billion IT services and support contract. It's possible that vendors will be added to the contract without a formal source selection process.

Tags: Defense Health Agency , acquisition , contracting , strategic sourcing , Scott Svabek , Jared Serbu

Friday - 09/05/2014, 11:36am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Health Agency is nearing its one year anniversary. Its officials say they're serious about finding the savings they promised through the reorganization of DoD's healthcare activities. One way they hope to save money is through more strategic sourcing. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, that includes a new multiple award contract for IT services. Read Jared's related story.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:22am EDT
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