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Small business contracting goal remains elusive

The Obama administration has pushed agencies to increase contracting opportunities with small business, most notably creating a governmentwide task force to share best practices. Yet the federal government on a whole has continued to miss its 23 percent small business contracting goal. Federal News Radio examines this issue as part of our special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: SBA , John Shoraka , OFPP , Joe Jordan , acquisition , contracting , set-asides , Mauricio Vera , USAID , Jeanette Brown , EPA , small business , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:57am EDT
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Despite Mythbusters, poor communication still plagues industry-government relationship

Recognizing longstanding challenges in communication between government and industry, the Obama administration rolled out its Mythbusters initiative to dispel misconceptions around agency-vendor communication. But the guidance has had only limited success. Federal News Radio speaks Steven Grundman, the Lund Fellow for emerging defense challenges at the Atlantic Council, as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years

Tags: industry , acquisition , acquisition policy , OFPP , Dan Gordon , Mythbusters , Steven Grundman ,

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:57am EDT
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Inherently governmental guidance never made it off launchpad

Many believed the Obama administration would turn the government 180-degrees from the Bush administration's push for competitive sourcing under Circular A-76, with speculation of a major effort to bring jobs back into government through insourcing. But after an initial thrust, little has come of it. Federal News Radio speaks with Jacob Pankowski, chair of the government contracts practice, at GreenbergTraurig, and Dave Childs, program manager at Management Analysis Incorporated, as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: Inherently governmental , Competitive sourcing , Circular A-76

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:56am EDT
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Peeking inside DoD's next version of Better Buying Power

Should-cost management and affordability-cap elements of acquisition overhaul have worked well, DoD's acquisition chief says. But workforce has overreacted to Pentagon's urging toward more fixed-price contracts.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Better Buying Power , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:54am EDT
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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: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , strategic sourcing , DoD , OFPP , 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 , OFPP , Dan Gordon , Debra Sonderman , Bill McNally , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , high-risk contracts , Jack Moore

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

Retirement, sequestration, and more

NARFE Director of Benefit Services David Snell and Steve Watkins and Sean Reilly of the Federal Times will talk about issues that could affect your retirement.
September 19, 2012

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , sequestration , Emily Kopp , David Snell , NARFE , Federal Times , Steve Watkins , Sean Reilly , USPS , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 06:47pm EDT
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SES reform stalled, more progress needed

Eduardo Ribas, the chief human capital officer of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, discusses whether reforms to the Senior Executive Service have stuck and what remains to be done. The interview is part of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: Eduardo Ribas , FERC , SES , SES reform , Federal Drive , workforce , management

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 04:00am EDT
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DoD building cyber workforce of the future

Military's cyber leaders say job satisfaction has so far trumped salary concerns when it comes to building and retaining a workforce of elite cyber warriors. Building the capacity of that training pipeline is the next challenge.

Tags: DoD , cybersecurity , workforce , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , Air Force , Michael Basla , Navy , Michael Rogers , Keith Alexander , U.S. Cyber Command , DISA , Henry Sienkiewicz , Roger Greenwell , training , Jared Serbu , On DoD , DoD Report , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:47am EDT
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Leadership, oversight help slash security clearance backlog

The longstanding delays and backlogs with personnel security clearances were effectively addressed by the Obama administration. Initial investigations now take an average of 44 days to complete compared to 189 days in 2005. Federal News Radio speaks with Evan Lesser, founder and managing director of ClearanceJobs.com as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: security clearances , security clearance reform , Evan Lesser , ClearanceJobs.com , In Depth , Daniel Akaka , Federal Investigative Services

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:45am EDT
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