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Navy targets 15 large software vendors for enterprise deals

The service's CIO Terry Halvorsen said the goal is to bring together the purchasing power of the Navy and the Marines Corps to obtain lower prices. He said the Department of the Navy expects to save $100 million over five years. Navy senior officials from technology, acquisition and finance make the use of these enterprisewide contracts mandatory.

Tags: contracting , technology , industry , Navy , Marine Corps , Terry Halvorsen , GSA , enterprise licenses agreements , SmartBUY , Microsoft , IT efficiencies , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:19am EDT
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Osborne is new TechAmerica president

Shawn Osborne previously servied as president, CEO and director of Ulticom Inc., according to a TechAmerica release.

Tags: TechAmerica , technology , Shawn Osborne , Peter Boni , Telecommunications Industry Association , people , industry

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 02:36pm EDT

Coast Guard searches for IT efficiencies in cloud, mobile

Adm. Robert Day, the service's CIO, said he wants to consolidate data centers, recompete their HR system and better utilize smartphone and tablet devices. The Coast Guard also will begin deploying long-awaited C4 capabilities in 2012.
March 8, 2012

Tags: technology , Robert Day , Coast Guard , DHS , cloud computing , mobile computing , industry , cybersecurity , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 10:39pm EST
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How closely does contracting bill mirror panel recommendations?

A new bill to reform wartime contracting, which incorporates many of the recommendations made by a panel that studied the issue for four years, has garnered a mixed response. Charles Tiefer, a professor of government contracting law at the University of Baltimore Law School who served on the contracting panel, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the bill.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DoD , Charles Tiefer , Congress , Commission on Wartime Contracting

Monday - 03/05/2012, 06:01pm EST
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Automatic suspension in contracting bill draws ire of industry

Disagreement persists over whether provisions in a new contracting bill will enhance oversight of overseas contracting during conflicts or create another bureaucratic layer that penalizes contractors.

Tags: DoD , industry , contracting , acquisition , acquisition policy , acquisition workforce , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Scott Amey , POGO , PSC , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 03/02/2012, 08:51pm EST
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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 , Frank Kendall , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/02/2012, 05:09am EST
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VA kills $100M contract at heart of e-health record system

The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated a $102 million contract for a key component of the e-health record system that is supposed to help streamline the health care that VA and the Defense Department provides to service members, veterans and their families. The agency says it is determining its next steps.

Tags: health IT , technology , VA , DoD , EHRs , contracting , acquisition , industry , ASM Research , e-health , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 03/01/2012, 06:01pm EST

Report predicts post-PC era for agency IT

Aileen Black, vice president of federal at IT virtualization company VMware, told In Depth with Francis Rose she thinks agencies are well into the mobile future. VMware, along with Carahsoft and MeriTalk, surveyed more than 150 agency chief information officers and IT managers for a report, "Mobile Power Government: Driving Increasingly Productive, Efficient Agencies."

Tags: In Depth , industry , IT , mobile , VMware , Carahsoft , MeriTalk , Francis Rose

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 07:14pm EST
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Report: Many small-business contracts awarded to large companies

Some of the biggest contracts for small businesses are awarded to companies that are not that small, according to a recent report from the American Small Business League. Brian Reeder, the league's communications director, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the report's findings.

Tags: SBA , small business , industry , acquisition , contracting , acquisition workforce , American Small Business League , Brian Reeder , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:40pm EST
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Will insider-trading bill chill dialogue between contractors, government?

Talking to their federal customers is a critical part of a contractor's job. But under the STOCK Act short for Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge could make that more difficult. Trey Hodgkins, the senior vice president for National Security and Procurement Policy at TechAmerica, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the proposal.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , STOCK Act , Congress , Acquisition Reform Working Group , Tech America , Trey Hodgkins

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 06:08pm EST
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