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Takeaways from TechAmerica's Vision conference DoD style

If you are looking to understand the trends and drivers in the federal contracting market, few events are better than TechAmerica's annual Vision conference.

Tags: TechAmerica , DoD , OMB , research and development , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:45am EST

DOD asks leaders to grade RFPs earlier in acquisitions

Katrina McFarland, the assistant secretary of Defense for acquisition, said senior officials review solicitations before they get Milestone A approval to move into the technology development phase. This type of analysis had been missing previously or only done after it was too late.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , DoD , TechAmerica Foundation , Better Buying Power , Gerry Robbins , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 04:33am EDT
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How an 'IT Box' is making it easier for DoD to do business

The Pentagon is implementing most of the recommendations it made in 2010's Section 804 report to Congress. Katrina McFarland, DoD's assistant secretary for acquisition, said initial results of the change are promising. But an upcoming GAO report is expected to show DoD has a long way to go to move toward an agile, incremental approach to IT systems development.

Tags: technology , acquisition , DoD , GAO , David Powner , 5000 guidance , section 804 report , Senate Armed Service Committee , IT Dashboard , Teri Takai , Kevin Scheid , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/27/2014, 04:07am EST
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DoD brings culture of open architecture to a world of proprietary systems

Defense officials say shifting gears to build new systems with a focus on open architecture is a challenge. Even tougher is grafting open interfaces on systems that were designed to be closed and proprietary.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Open Systems Architecture , Charles Davis , Stephen Welby , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 12:12pm EST
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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 , Frank Kendall , Federal Drive , James Miller , Erin Conaton , Jessica Wright , Defense Acquisition University , Kathleen Hicks , Derek Chollet , procurement , acquisition , DoD Report

Friday - 05/25/2012, 11:20am EDT

McFarland nominated for DoD acquisition post

The president has nominated Katrina McFarland to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update ,

Monday - 02/13/2012, 08:09am EST

OFPP warns against cuts to acquisition workforce

Progress has been made in better recruiting and training the acquisition workforce, but budget cuts could threaten years of progress, outgoing OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said at a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.

Tags: acquisition , workforce , acquisition workforce , DoD , DAU , FAI , Donna Jenkins , Roger Jordan , PSC , Dan Gordon , Gerry Connolly , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 05:36am EST
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McFarland is new DAU president

Katrina McFarland replaces Frank Anderson, who retired in May.

Tags: DoD Report , Defense Acquisition Academy , management , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 12/15/2010, 03:23pm EST