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DoD slow to codify some interagency contracting standards

Despite a big policy push from the administration, some agencies have lagged in implementing guidance dealing with interagency contracting, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office. Still, GAO said the creation of a policy framework by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy had gone a long way toward ameliorating some of the issues that landed interagency contracting on the watchdog agency's high-risk list eight years ago, such as duplication and unclear lines of authority between agencies.

Tags: DoD , GAO , Interagency contracting , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting

Thursday - 01/31/2013, 05:15pm EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 31, 2013

Mort Rosenberg of the Constitution Project details the implications of a recent court ruling on recess appointments by the Obama administration. Cameron Leuthy of Bloomberg Government talks about nine civilian agency programs that look particularly ripe for a little carving. OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan discusses data collection. Al Banghart of Deloitte Consulting LLP discusses why federal agencies and Congress are concerned about the supply chain.

Tags: Mort Rosenberg , Richard Cordray , Consumer Financial Protection Bureau , recess appointments , Cameron Leuthy , Bloomberg Government , budget , Joe Jordan , Al Banghart , Deloitte Consulting , supply chain , Federal Drive , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update

Thursday - 01/31/2013, 09:06am EST

Contractors say upsurge in MACs leads to duplication, added costs

The Coalition for Government Procurement has called on senior administration leaders to take more action to combat increasing contract duplication, largely from the spread of multiple-award contracts (MACs). Member companies say they are seeing more duplicated contracts and that has added to their costs, according to a CGP survey.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Coalition for Government Procurement , Roger Waldron , GSA , industry , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/16/2012, 08:50pm EST

OMB increasing the tempo of strategic sourcing

A new memo from acting OMB Director Jeff Zients to agency leaders codifies an interagency council to oversee the promotion and implementation of bulk buying. Each agency also must name a senior official to oversee their efforts.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Jeff Zients , OMB , strategic sourcing , small business , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 01:34pm EST

Agencies must better define roles of acquisition leaders

OFPP gives agencies until Jan. 15 to update the responsibilities of their chief acquisition officer and senior procurement executive.

Tags: acquisition , management , Joe Jordan , CAO Council , senior procurement executive , Jason Miller

Monday - 10/29/2012, 01:12pm EDT

New OFPP administrator has sights set on workforce, 'buying smarter'

Joe Jordan has led the Office of Federal Procurement Policy for a little more than two weeks. But he's wasting no time setting priorities. Jordan spoke to In Depth with Francis Rose as part of Federal News Radio's week-long special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , acquisition workforce , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Joe Jordan , SBA , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 09:24pm EDT
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Analysis: Partisan climate stymies long-term acquisition improvements

Two former administrators of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Al Burman and Steve Kelman, discuss how acquisition reforms and improvements often fall prey to partisanship. One of OFPP's goals is not only to create acquisition policy, but systems that last beyond one administration. "You want to try to have continuity, as much as you can and keep better management of the procurement system out of partisan politics as much as you can," Kelman said. "If it's just an initiative if it's forgotten in six months it's never going to accomplish anything."

Tags: Al Burman , Steve Kelman , acquisition , acquisition policy , acquisition workforce , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Monday - 06/11/2012, 10:19pm EDT
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Agencies ignoring billions in savings from strategic sourcing

Agencies are missing out on billions of dollars in savings by not using strategic-sourcing contracts, particularly when buying services, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report finds the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Energy spent less than 5 percent of their combined acquisition budgets through strategic sourcing and saved less than $2 billion.

Tags: acquisition , strategic sourcing , contracting , DoD , GAO , DHS , VA , Energy , Darrell Issa , SmartBUY , federal strategic sourcing initiative , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:45am EDT
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Acquisition executives figuring out how to deal with budget woes

A Federal News Radio exclusive survey of chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives showed most are not preparing for budget cuts or sequestration. These acquisition executives also say they are protecting money for training acquisition workers. OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan said his office is helping agencies make better decisions about how and where to spend money.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Joe Jordan , In Depth with Francis Rose , Mythbusters , bid protest , suspension and debarment , Chief Acquisition Officer , acquisition workforce training , budget , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 06:00am EDT
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Q & A with Dan Gordon

Dan Gordon, associate dean for Government Procurement at the George Washington University Law school will discuss a wide range of procurement issues.
October 2, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , Dan Gordon , GW Law School , low cost technically acceptable , contract duplication , Interagency contracting , strategic sourcing , acquisition workforce , Roger Waldron , Coaltion for Government Procurement , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 09:30pm EDT
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