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VA forming cadre of specially-trained acquisition workers

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, said his office will launch the acquisition corps and program management framework in the coming months to further professionalize the agency's acquisition workforce. A Federal News Radio survey of chief acquisition officers and other senior acquisition managers says workforce training and retention remain among their biggest priorities and challenges.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , workforce , Veterans Affairs , training , program management , suspension and debarment , strategic sourcing , T4 , CXO Surveys , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Ford Heard, Veterans Affairs Department

The Department of Veterans Affairs is building a "special ops" team of acquisition experts. Ford Heard, the associate deputy assistant secretary for procurement policy, systems and oversight at the VA, joined Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller and Francis Rose on In Depth. They discussed the latest results of Federal News Radio's Chief Acquisition Officer Survey.

Tags: VA , acquisition , In Depth ,

Monday - 06/30/2014, 04:08pm EDT
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Online Chat: VA Deputy Senior Procurement Executive Ford Heard

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs Department's associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, joins Federal News Radio for an online chat on June 30.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , VA , online chat , Jason Miller , acquisition , budget , contracting , construction , federal buildings , CAO

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:53am EDT