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Sequestration forcing DoD's acquisition programs into 'damage limitation' mode

The Pentagon's acquisition chief said he's planning day-to-day, not year-to-year because of sequestration's indiscriminate cuts and political uncertainty over DoD's budget. In 2014, there will be more opportunities to prioritize, but spending reductions also will lead to cancellation of contracts and downsizing of the military and civilian workforce.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , sequestration , Ashton Carter , Jared Serbu , McAleese & Associates , Credit Suisse , industry , budget

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 05:46am EDT
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For DoD, better buying demands high quality acquisition workers

The Pentagon releases Better Buying Power 2.0 with a new focus on professionalizing the procurement workforce. The updated program includes seven major focus areas with 36 initiatives. Ashton Carter, the deputy secretary of Defense, said version 2.0 takes the lessons learned and data from the last two years to further improve efficiency and cost savings of DoD procurement.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DoD , Better Buying Power , acquisition workforce , training , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 05:36am EST
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Better Buying Power 2.0 - Livetweeting the release of DoD's new acquisition strategy

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller live-tweeted the remarks from Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall who unveiled the new acquisition strategy.

Tags: Better Buying Power , acquisition , DoD , Ashton Carter

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 05:15pm EST

Peeking inside DoD's next version of Better Buying Power

Should-cost management and affordability-cap elements of acquisition overhaul have worked well, DoD's acquisition chief says. But workforce has overreacted to Pentagon's urging toward more fixed-price contracts.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , Jared Serbu , Obama Impact , DoD Report

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:54am EDT
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Evaluating Better Buying and building DoD's cyber workforce

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, discusses which elements of the Better Buying Power Initiative have been successful. Plus, Henry Sienkiewicz, vice chief information assurance executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency and Roger Greenwell, DISA's director for field security operations join us to talk about the agency's plan to build on its track record of information assurance training and develop modular, DoD-wide training for specific cyber roles across the military services.

Tags: DoD , On DoD , DISA , Henry Sienkiewicz , Roger Greenwell

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 08:49pm EDT
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Senate confirms wave of DoD nominees, new OFPP administrator

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Joe Jordan as administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, as well as nominations for seven key Defense Department positions.

Tags: Joe Jordan , OFPP , DoD , Senate , Federal Drive , James Miller , Erin Conaton , Jessica Wright , Katrina McFarland , Defense Acquisition University , Kathleen Hicks , Derek Chollet , procurement , acquisition , DoD Report

Friday - 05/25/2012, 11:20am EDT

Sequestration may hit defense industry harder than troops

Sequestration would kill hundreds of thousands of defense industry jobs, the Pentagon warns. Frank Kendall told senators during his nomination hearing to be the DoD acquisition chief that personnel accounts would be shielded so lower-tiered contractors would feel the brunt of cuts.

Tags: DoD , Congress , John McCain , Carl Levin , industry , sequestration , Budget Control Act , defense industrial base , Heidi Shyu , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/30/2012, 05:33am EDT
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Bill aims to overhaul wartime contracting

New legislation aims to implement some recommendations of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Includes provisions that would automatically suspend contractors accused of wrongdoing in overseas contingency scenarios.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Senate , Commission on Waretime Contracting , acquistion , industry , contingency contracting , State Department , USAID , Claire McCaskill , James Webb , suspension and debarment , past performance , Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/02/2012, 05:09am EST
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DoD fortifying cyber buying strategy

Frank Kendall, DoD's acting acquisition chief, said the first version fell flat due to "interest groups" weakening it. He said Congress required the strategy to detail how the military will buy offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. It's part of a broader effort to fix the Pentagon's acquisition process.

Tags: acquisition , DoD , acquisition workforce , acquisition policy , industry , Better Buying Power initiative , performance management , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , cybersecurity , CSIS , Jason Miller ,

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 07:28am EST

Obama announces 3 key DoD nominations

President Barack Obama announced a slate of nominees for administration posts, including three in key Defense Department positions. They include nominees for the Pentagon's personnel and policy chiefs and the department's chief weapons buyer.

Tags: acquisition , DoD , people , Erin Conaton , Air Force , James Miller , Clifford Stanley , Jo Ann Rooney , Michele Flournoy , Ashton Carter

Monday - 01/23/2012, 10:01pm EST
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