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Suspension and debarments rise amid pressure from Congress

Agencies are making greater use of their ability to declare contractors and individuals ineligible for work by the federal government. Some outside experts suggest the increase may be the result of hasty decisions.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , contracting , industry , suspension and debarment , Air Force , Defense Logistics Agency , Crowell and Moring , Venable , McKenna, Long and Aldridge , Angela Styles , Rob Burton , Fred Levy , Normand Lussier , Steven Shaw ,

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 05:49am EDT
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Army plans to begin four 'utility-scale' renewable energy projects this year

The four acquisition decisions the service will make in the coming months are the first fruits of a task force the Army created to pursue large-scale solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and waste-to-energy facilities on its bases.

Tags: Army , Air Force , renewable energy , John Lushetsky , Kathy Ahsing , Energy initiatives task force , solar energy , industry , Fort Bliss , Fort Irwin , Fort Detrick ,

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 01:46pm EDT

FAA promises to do more homework for future realignment decisions

Agency aims for better metrics to guide future facility closings, consolidations. The FAA has about two weeks to submit a report to Congress with recommendations to close facilities.

Tags: FAA , NextGen , BRAC , workforce , management , David Grizzle , Air Traffic Organization , Paul Rinaldi , National Association of Air Traffic Controllers , Department of Transportation , inspectors general ,

Friday - 06/01/2012, 05:12am EDT
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Army, Air Force team up to meet renewable energy goals

Leaders from both services are visiting military bases and renewable energy gatherings together to identify best practices. The Army and Air Force will jointly host a renewable energy industry forum in Washington next month.

Tags: DoD , Army , Air Force , Katherine Hammack , Terry Yonkers , Energy , power purchase agreement ,

Tuesday - 05/29/2012, 05:48am EDT
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Senators cancel reductions to Air National Guard, cut DoD civilians

Senate panel rejects Air Force's proposed decreases to National Guard aircraft and personnel, orders cutbacks in DoD civilian and contractor personnel and imposes contractor salary caps.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Congress , Senate , Senate Armed Service Committee , National Defense Authorization Act , Air Force , Air National Guard , National Guard , Carl Levin , John McCain , Pat Leahy , Harry Wyatt , TRICARE , pay and benefits , workforce ,

Friday - 05/25/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Buying commercial in DoD: Pentagon struggles to stay away from customization

Last year, the Pentagon spent nearly $75 billion on acquisitions of commercial items, more than double the amount from five years ago. But the word "commercial" in DoD applies to a lot of products you won't find on any store shelf.

Tags: DoD , commercial products , technology , Network Integration Evaluation , John Morrison , Kevin Kelly , LGS Innovations , Alcatel-Lucent , Sean Varah , MotionDSP , Dennis Moran , Harris Corp. , Jacques Gansler , acquisition , industry , Defense Science Board , Navy , CANES , DJ LeGoff , Terry Halvorsen ,

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 05:15am EDT
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Buying commercial in DoD: 15 years after acquisition reform

During the last Defense drawdown, Congress and the White House pushed the Pentagon to make smarter buying decisions in the hopes that it would save a lot of money. The idea was to have the military buy many products the same way businesses do. A decade and a half later, DoD now spends tens of billions of dollars a year under the commercialized models Congress set up. In a two-part, exclusive report, Federal News Radio examines the debate underway over how well it has worked out.

Tags: commercial products , Bill Clinton , Al Gore , Reinventing Government , commercial of a type , Shay Assad , Clinger-Cohen Act , William Clinger , Federal Acquisition Streamling Act , Susan Lawrence , Army , Network Integration Evaluation , Navy , CANES , Coast Guard , John Korn , DoD , Aquisitions , Scott Amey , Project on Government Oversight , Defense Service Board , William Perry , Dennis Moran , Harris Corp. , Nett Warrior

Monday - 05/21/2012, 05:28am EDT
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Defense bill lets feds in national security jobs rotate between agencies

As part of the annual Defense authorization bill, House lawmakers will take up a provision designed to let federal employees gain experience and share expertise while working temporarily in other agencies.

Tags: Congress , National Defense Authorization Act , jointness , workforce , pay and benefits , TRICARE , Susan Collins , service contracting , Adam Smith , House , House Armed Services Committee ,

Monday - 05/07/2012, 05:51pm EDT
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House drops DoD request to change definition of commercial products

The Pentagon says the way it buys certain commercial products has been abused for more than a decade. The Defense Department asked Congress to include new rules for buying commercial-of-a-type products, which are commercial in nature, but the military is the only or largest customer by far. Industry was pleased to see the House Armed Services Committee not include the change in the Defense authorization bill.

Tags: DoD , Better Buying Power , Shay Assad , Professional Services Council , commercial-of-a-type , commercial products , acquisition , contracting , industry , Congress , Alan Chvotkin , PSC ,

Monday - 05/14/2012, 05:22am EDT
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Panetta to Congress: Don't mess with my budget

Hours after a key House committee voted to give the Pentagon more money than it asked for in next year's budget, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said thanks, but no thanks. Panetta warned passing a $3 billion increase would set a showdown with the Senate and force sequestration to happen.

Tags: Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Leon Panetta , sequestration , DoD budget , Martin Dempsey , Lloyd Austin , Joseph Dunford , budget ,

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