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Wednesday federal headlines - March 4, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, a military officer accidently let the cat out of the bag, former CIA director David Petraeus has admitted he shared military secrets with his mistress and Postal Service employees would have more appeal rights under a new bill in the Senate.

Tags: newscasts , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:12am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The budget the Defense Department is pushing for in 2016 will help the agency start to dig out of a big backlog of deferred maintenance on military bases. But Pentagon officials say even their own plan isn't a complete solution to deteriorating facilities, and if sequestration returns next year, things will likely get much worse. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: In Depth , Jared Serbu , BRAC , DoD ,

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is once again trying to change one of the acquisition rules that industry despises the most the Price Reduction Clause. A proposed rule released today would modernize the way vendors list their prices on the schedule contracts run by GSA. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this proposed rule and several other acquisition priorities.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , GSA , acquisition

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:38am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Precise as it might be, sometimes contract language doesn't quite cover a particular situation. While it would probably make a contractor's life easier to just stick to the contract language, that's not always an option. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the ninth commandment: Be prepared to reciprocate. It's not just the words on the page that matter; it's the relationship between a contractor and the government customer.

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

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:34am EST
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New coalition helps agencies 'pick up the pace' on shared services

Shared services providers could potentially save the federal government $50 billion per year, according to John Marshall, founder and CEO of a newly-created coalition. The Shared Services Leadership Coalition (SSLC), launched Tuesday, will help the government quickly consolidate several agency-specific platforms into a few government-wide ones.

Tags: John Marshall , shared services , financial management , Shefali Kapadia , Shared Services Leadership Coalition

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 11:38am EST
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Paul Bean, Contract Specialist/Business Adviser, TSA

With tens of thousands of companies doing business with the federal government each year, you'd think it's easy. But in reality, lots of barriers still stand in the way for many companies. "Barrier Busting" is the subject of a special session at today's ACT-IAC conference on acquisition excellence. Paul Bean, a contract specialist and business adviser at the Transportation Security Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on bringing down the walls.

Tags: Paul Bean , TSA , Tom Temin , acquisition , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:28am EST
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Tuesday federal headlines - March 3, 2015

The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today's news, federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open today, with the option of unscheduled leave or telework, it's looking more likely that Congress will pass a clean funding bill this week for DHS and Sen. Barbara Mikulski will not seek reelection next year.

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Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:01am EST

Paul Gregory, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

All morning we've been talking about acquisition, and how to improve and modernize it. Sometimes it's easy to forget that acquisitions aren't just for their own sake; they support programs. So good program management is part of the mix of success. Paul Gregory, the vice chancellor of the Program Management School at the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence Conference with more on that perspective.

Tags: Paul Gregory , Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy , Veterans Affairs , Tom Temin ,

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:16am EST
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Frank McNally, Content Developer, ASI Government

Let's face it. People's eyes glaze over if you tell them you're in federal procurement. It's all a boring mass of rules, regulations and bureaucracy. Right? For the upcoming generation of federal procurement people and the companies they deal with, it's pedal to the metal when it comes to acquisition. Case in point: Frank McNally, content developer at ASI government. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC acquisition excellence conference in Washington to explain.

Tags: Frank McNally , ASI Government , Tom Temin , acquisition , procurement , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:20am EST
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Millisa Gary, Procurement Ombudsmen, GSA

Can we talk? That's what government and industry have been asking for decades. The answer is yes, and there's plenty of Federal Acquisition Regulation backup for that. Yet the administration thought it needed to launch the mythbusters initiative to get industry and government talking at the pre-solicitation stage. That was followed by last year's Open Dialog initiative. How's it all working? Millisa Gary, the procurement ombudsman at the General Services Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tags: Millisa Gary , GSA , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , Federal Acquisition Regulation , FAR

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:30am EST
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