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Improvements to how agencies buy goods, services bear out little fruit

In part 4 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine progress the administration has made in the acquisition arena. We rated one initiative as effective (green), three as ineffective (red) and two as more progress needed (yellow). View the details of each initiative through our interactive dashboard.

Tags: Obama Impact , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , strategic sourcing , DoD , high risk contracts , inherently governmental , vendor-agency relationship , small business , jason miller

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:27am EDT

Reducing high-risk contracts yields mixed results

Agencies failed to meet a lofty goal to cut spending on new contracts considered high-risk by 10 percent. But despite the inconclusive results, contracting experts and agency procurement chiefs told Federal News Radio there's more to evaluating the effort to reduce high-risk contracts than the failure to reach the goal. Federal News Radio examines this as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: OMB , Dan Gordon , Debra Sonderman , Bill McNally , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , high-risk contracts , Obama Impact , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:54am EDT

Strategic sourcing: Pennywise but pound foolish?

Some small businesses are calling into question the benefits of the Obama administration's strategic sourcing initiative. They say the agencies are mandating the use of the office supplies BPA and putting more than 500 Schedule 75 holders at risk of losing their business. GSA, which runs Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI), said there still are plenty of sales to go around as the BPA accounts for less than half of the $1.4 billion office supplies market.

Tags: acquisition , strategic sourcing , gsa , Schedule 75 , Steve Kempf , Dan Gordon , Rick Vogel , Coast-to-Coast Computer Products , Bonnie Whittaker , Adams Marketing , Sam Bornstein , Bornstein and Song , Mick Mulvaney , Judy Chu , House Small Business Committee , Small business contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , jason miller , Inside the World

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:39am EDT
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Agencies cracking down on troubled vendors

The Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) issued its annual report to Congress showing that the use of suspension and debarment increased substantially in 2011 over 2009 and 2010.

Tags: contracting , oversight , suspension and debarment , acquisition , Joe Jordan , Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee , David Sims , Duc Nguyen , jason miller

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 07:35pm EDT

OFPP keeping a close eye on struggling acquisition system consolidation

GSA's System for Award Management is finding its footing after a rough start. OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan said he's watching the systems' progress carefully.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , gsa , DoD , Joe Jordan , Dick Ginman , System for Award Management , strategic sourcing , GAO , High Risk list , Interagency contracting , Coalition for Government Procurement , jason miller

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Multiple roles more help than hindrance, say agency CAOs

The Government Accountability Office looked at how agencies were complying with the Services Acquisitions Reform Act of 2003. It discovered that while many chief acquisition officers had assumed duties far beyond what the act intended, that might not be such a bad thing.

Tags: GAO , Bill Woods , CAO , acquisition , SARA , Chief Acquisition Officer , management , In Depth , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 12:55pm EDT
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OFPP trying to solve major vendor data inconsistency

The office asked for industry comment on how to get better data into the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System. OFPP asked for input on seven questions.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , industry , gsa , DoD , vendor ethics , FAPIIS , jason miller

Friday - 07/20/2012, 02:20pm EDT

OMB to expand vendor offices after initial successful tests

The Veterans Affairs Department said it saved $40 million by using this centralized approach to managing contractors. vendor management organizations also help agencies buy more strategically. OFPP plans to expand strategic sourcing and sets a $2 billion savings goal by 2015.

Tags: Steven VanRoekel , OMB , strategic sourcing , technology , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , Joe Jordan , PortfolioStat , vendor management organizations , DHS , Jane Holl Lute , gsa , Dan Tangherlini , Transportation , John Porcari , jason miller , President

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 05:43am EDT
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New MACs face White House price checks

Federal contractors will have more multi-award contracts to bid on this year, but the number may decline in future years, as agencies consolidate their buying into bigger deals.

Tags: MAC , Brian Friel , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 09:16am EDT
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GSA readying phase 2 of print management strategic sourcing BPA

The agency released a request for information last month detailing copier and print managed services requirements. GSA awarded a strategic sourcing contract to 11 vendors in September for basic print management services under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , gsa , Joe Jordan , strategic sourcing , print management , jason miller

Friday - 07/06/2012, 05:45pm EDT
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