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Lockheed CEO warns of increased government costs from sequestration

The largest federal contractor is struggling to prepare for about $1 trillion in cuts that are due to take effect in January. Retiring-CEO Robert Stevens said agencies will ask vendors to modify contracts and that in turn will drive up the costs of those programs. Lockheed Martin already is taking steps to reduce its spending by consolidating facilities and reducing staff.

Tags: Industry , Contracting , DoD , Lockheed Martin , sequestration , budget , Robert Stevens , Chris Kubasik , Congress ,

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:35am EDT
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DHS improving aim to stop counterfeits at the borders

The Homeland Security Department is taking a two-pronged approach to protecting the federal supply chain. The first addresses the DHS mission cargo crossing into the U.S. The second is an interagency effort to ensure the government is working together on investigations. DHS said seizures of counterfeit goods at the border increased by 20 percent in 2011.

Tags: technology , David Heyman , DHS , White House , Supply chain management , Counterfeit products , Intellectual Property Rights Center , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:26am EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Top acquisition stories

Jason Miller, executive editor of Federal News Radio and "In Depth" host Francis Rose count down the top acquisition stories of 2012 and highlights some of the stories from the Federal News Radio week-long special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal News Countdown , acquisition

Friday - 06/15/2012, 05:38pm EDT
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Agencies given how-to guide for modular, agile IT contracting

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel and Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan released the guidance that highlights possible risks or challenges, and offers checklists, templates and other tools to make the move to this smaller, more outcome based approach easier for agencies.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , Contracting , Industry , OMB , OFPP , Joe Jordan , Steven VanRoekel , IT reform , TechStat , modular contracting , Agile development ,

Friday - 06/15/2012, 02:44pm EDT

Agencies, vendors ramping up to fight supply chain cyber threats

The White House, Congress, DoD and many others are trying to stem the tide of counterfeit products and software with malicious code from entering federal systems. The administration soon will release recommendations for how all agencies and vendors can improve the security of their products. DoD issued a memo in March requiring changes to how services protect their supply chains.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Industry , Victoria Espinel , White House , DoD , Jon Boyens , NIST , Sandy Boyson , University of Maryland , Supply chain management , Supply chain risks , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Friday - 06/15/2012, 12:59pm EDT
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DHS demos cyber attack to help sway lawmakers to pass a cyber bill

The Homeland Security Department showed lawmakers and staff how easy it is to create a spear phishing attack against a federal employee using free, open-source tools. The agency also said the Einstein 3 program is under development and will rely on vendors to provide intrusion prevention services. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said he expects the cyber bill to go to the Senate floor for debate no later than July.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Mark Weatherford , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , John McCain , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Einstein 3 , Congress , Cyber bills , Critical infrastructure protection ,

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 10:23am EDT
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Agencies taking a more disciplined approach to managing vendors

GSA, Commerce and others are using supply chain management techniques to buy smarter and more efficiently. Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Steve Kempf said a recent survey of their contractors will help influence the next generation of schedules.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , Contracting , Supply chain management , GSA , Steve Kempf , Raj Sharma , Censeo Consulting Group , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Lieberman, Collins warn against slashing acquisition workforce

The two influential senators say the mistakes the Defense Department and others made in the 1990s during the last serious budget reductions can't be repeated this time around. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said budget cuts shouldn't be balanced on the backs of the acquisition workforce. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) added reductions in acquisition staff mean the government will pay more for goods and services.

Tags: acquisition , Oversight , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , acquisition workforce , Training , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer ,

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Protecting and Securing your Data in a Virtual World

Data center consolidation and optimization, the wide spread adoption of virtualization, and reduced budgets are driving tremendous changes in the federal IT landscape. In the face of all this change, one thing remains constant: the need to protect and restore your agency's data— at a moment's notice—whether it resides on a physical or virtual server. How are agencies addressing this challenge? What technologies and best practices are available? Does your agency have any best practices you would like to share on this topic?

Tags: Raghav Vajjhala , Jerry Reynolds , Gigi Schumm , Zach Baldwin , technology , Symantec

Monday - 06/11/2012, 11:24am EDT
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OFPP, SBA trying to fix small business contracting shortcomings

Procurement chief Joe Jordan and SBA Administrator Karen Mills highlighted three long-time challenges in a new memo to senior agency officials. Agencies have until July 9 to detail steps they will take to address three areas.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , SBA , OMB , OFPP , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Karen Mills , Joe Jordan , small business

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:34pm EDT
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