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OFPP to hold acquisition workers more accountable for training

Joe Jordan, the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, issued a memo requiring civilian agencies to use the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System to track how acquisition workers are meeting certification requirements. Agencies have several deadlines over the next year to input data into the system.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , workforce , GSA , FAI , OFPP , training , In Depth , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:33am EDT

Bill turns up heat on agency use of strategic sourcing

A group of Democrats and Republicans, called the No Labels Caucus, plans to introduce nine bills this week focused on government effectiveness and efficiency. The strategic sourcing legislation would require agencies to save at least $10 billion a year. Senators say agencies need the right incentives to buy smarter.

Tags: acquisition , industry , OFPP , GAO , Cristina Chaplain , Dan Tangherlini , Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee , Ron Johnson , Claire McCaskill , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 12:21pm EDT
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Lawmakers, industry press OFPP not to make strategic sourcing mandatory

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce is searching for answers about the potential impact on competition if the White House mandates the use of strategic sourcing contracts. Four industry associations provided little support for compulsory use, citing potential risks to the government and harm to vendors.

Tags: acquisition , industry , OFPP , Jeff Koses , GSA , Richard Hanna , House Small Business Committee , Rob Burton , Venable , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/14/2013, 05:35am EDT
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White House wants to scrap law allowing costly contractor salaries

The Obama administration has called on Congress to cap government-reimbursed contractor compensation at $400,000, a move that the head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy said would save hundreds of millions of dollars. Joe Jordan, the OFPP administrator, said the White House would send proposed legislation to Congress next week.

Tags: contractor pay cap , acquisition , acquisition policy , OFPP ,

Thursday - 05/30/2013, 06:02pm EDT

Q&A with Larry Allen

Larry Allen of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about how sequestration and other issues are affecting contractors.
May 20, 2013

Tags: acquisition , procurement , contracting , sequestration , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , conference spending , conference cancellations , FSSI , CIO CS , SEWP 5 , OASIS , GSA , Amtower Off Center , Mark Amtower

Monday - 05/20/2013, 11:35pm EDT
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Q&A with Larry Allen

Larry Allen of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about how sequestration and other issues are affecting contractors.
May 6, 2013

Tags: acquisition , procurement , contracting , sequestration , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , conference spending , conference cancellations , FSSI , CIO CS , SEWP 5 , OASIS , GSA , Amtower Off Center , Mark Amtower

Monday - 05/06/2013, 11:35pm EDT
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OFPP kicks the strategic-sourcing door wide open

Administrator Joe Jordan said he views the possibilities as everything from new contracts to take advantage of volume discounts to standardizing terms and conditions to save on administrative costs. GSA FAS is reorganizing around 14 strategic sourcing areas.

Tags: contracting , industry , strategic sourcing , OFPP , GSA , Tom Sharpe , Coalition for Government Procurement , Federal Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 06:08am EDT
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Federal Drive Interviews -- March 21, 2013

Dave Cuthbertson, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, talks about a new crime-solving tool that could be as big of a breakthrough as DNA analysis. Also, the Federal Drive attended the 2013 Acquisition Excellence Conference in Washington, D.C. Co-host Tom Temin interviewed Joe Jordan, administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy; Mary Davie, assistant commissioner at GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Solutions; and Rory Schultz, deputy chief information officer at USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.

Tags: Federal Drive , Dave Cuthbertson , Mary Davie , Rory Schultz

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 12:35pm EDT
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