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DoD waging 'continuing war' on unproductive acquisition bureaucracy

The Pentagon will begin tracking how much time its acquisition managers spend performing and responding to oversight in an effort to remove "non-value-added" processes from the procurement system.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , sequestration , Ashton Carter , Jared Serbu , CSIS , oversight

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 05:49am EDT
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DoD chooses interoperability over integration for new e-health record system

Frank Kendall says many different factors played into the Pentagon's decision to go with a competitive bidding process to develop its integrated electronic health record system, instead of adopting VA's VistA program. He said DoD wants to ensure its system is interoperable not just with VA hospitals but with civilian health facilities as well. In addition, Kendall cited cultural differences between the two large agencies.

Tags: DoD , VA , electronic health record , health IT , technology , information sharing , VistA , AHLTA , Mike Michaud , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/23/2013, 06:42am EDT
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DoD to pursue commercial alternative to VA's VistA

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has decided to turn to the commercial marketplace for an integrated electronic health records solution rather than adopting VA' Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture. He cited market research that showed turning to the competitive process would generate reduced cost and technical risk for DoD.

Tags: Chuck Hagel , VA , VistA , EHR , Jessica Wright , health IT , technology , Michael O

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 07:04am EDT

DoD acquisition managers told to think for themselves

The Pentagon's top acquisition official released guidance this week to implement the Defense Department's latest iteration of the Better Buying Power program. The plan tells acquisition managers their first priority should be to use their own expertise in making decisions.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , industry , Better Buying Power initiative , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/26/2013, 06:46am EDT
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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
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