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Agencies told to take closer look at green buying

OFPP issued a new memo encouraging departments to consider if the product or service they are buying meets sustainable standards. The memo is another in a series of directives to green the government.

Tags: acquisition , Dan Gordon , green government , acquisition policy , GSA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 03:36pm EDT

OFPP takes on second challenge of taming MACs

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy and GSA are working on a directory of Federal Supply Schedule blanket purchase agreements. The database would help fix one of the "biggest blind spots" in federal acquisition today, said Dan Gordon, OFPP administrator. OFPP's memo to require business cases for multiple-award contracts received praise for its direct and specific requirements.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , Dan Gordon , GSA , Interagency contracting , mulitiple-award contracts , business cases , Marcia Madsen , Mayer Brown , Stan Livingstone , ASI Government , Jason Miller , contracting

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 06:46am EDT
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Wednesday morning federal headlines - Oct. 5

The Morning Federal Newscast is a daily compilation of the stories you hear Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Amy Morris discuss throughout the show each day. The Newscast is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com users more information about the stories you hear on the air.

Tags: Federal Drive , Federal Drive newscast , Tom Temin , Amy Morris , State , CR , USCG , CACI , FAA

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 08:32am EDT

OFPP sets new rules for creating multiple-award contracts

Agencies must develop a business case and post it on an internal government site for others to comment on. OFPP also wants senior acquisition officials to sign off on justifications before moving out with a final solicitation. The new guidance comes as GAO and others have found the proliferation of multiple award contracts is costing agencies and vendors millions of dollars.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , Interagency contracting , multiple award contracting , GWACs , acquisition policy , Jason Miller , GSA , Chief Acquisition Officer

Friday - 09/30/2011, 01:03pm EDT

Acquisition reform and more

Allen Federal president Larry Allen joins host Mark Amtower to talk a wide range of government procurement issues.
September 19, 2011(Encore presentation October 24, 2011)

Tags: contracting , acquisition , procurement , Larry Allen , Allen Federal , GAO , acquisition reform , marketing , business development , Joe Biden , spending cuts , FY 2011 budget , FY 2012 budget , continuing resolution , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 09/19/2011, 09:00pm EDT
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Are multiple award contracts out of control?

The proliferation of multiple award contracts across the government has reached a tipping point. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy is on a listening tour trying to figure out how to tame this unwieldy beast. The administration's efforts come as several agencies, including the Homeland Security Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Justice Department plan to recompete or issue new procurements for MACs in the coming year.

In our special report, Contract Overload, Federal News Radio's Jason Miller explores all sides of this complex issue. What is the cost to industry to continually bid on these contracts? How do these costs get passed to agencies? Why do agencies believe they need their own MACs instead of using contracts provided by the General Services Administration, or other governmentwide acquisition contracts? What, if anything, can OFPP do to reel in the explosion in redundant contracts?

Tags: contracting , GSA , DHS , Justice , Treasury , VA , GWAC , Multiple award contracts , Jason Miller , Contract Overload

Thursday - 05/20/2010, 03:59pm EDT

Acquisition workforce showing signs of change

OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said the morale of contracting officers and other acquisition workers is improving. OPM issued a new IT program and project management competency guidance.

Tags: acquisition , technology , Dan Gordon , John Berry , OPM , acquisition workforce , IT program management , DAU , FAI , 25-point IT reform plan , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 11:52am EDT

OFPP's Gordon not stymied by bumps in the road to acquisition reform

Despite pushback on some issues by industry, Dan Gordon listens to input from all sides as the Office of Federal Procurement Policy continues to follow its own path to reform the acquisition process. The OFPP administrator said his office is close to issuing new guidance around business cases for multiple award contracts and a final rule redefining inherently governmental jobs.

Tags: contracting , industry , Dan Gordon , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , insourcing , outsourcing , acquisition policy , acquisition regulations , FAR Council , interim rules , inherently governmental , Multiple award contracts , office supplies bpa , mythbusting campaign , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 07:29am EDT
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Analysis: OFPP interagency contracting rule is 'long overdue'

Bob Suda, the president of Suda and Associates, explains what the final guidance means for agencies and contractors.

Tags: Bob Suda , Interagency contracting , In Depth

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 06:29pm EDT

OFPP on the ins and outs of 'inherently governmental'

OFPP defines critical functions that are considered core capabilities of agency employees. We get details from Administrator Dan Gordon.

Tags: Federal Drive , Dan Gordon , inherently governmental , Acquisition Excellence Awards

Friday - 05/07/2010, 09:33am EDT
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