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DHS Secretary Johnson: Fundamental change needed at the Secret Service

The Homeland Security Department released the executive summary of suggestions of an expert panel for how to reform the Secret Service. Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Secret Service is in need of some change. He also offers an update on his Unity of Effort initiative.

Tags: management , DHS , Jeh Johnson , Cybersecurity , Secret Service , Unity of Effort , Congress , Jason Chaffetz , elijah cummings , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:07am EST
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: Acquisition , Acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , Oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , Industry , Technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , Research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

Federal News Countdown: 'Healing' growth for contractors, LPTA contracts

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president of the Professional Services Council, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , Larry Allen , Federal News Countdown , In Depth , Allen Federal Business Partners ,

Friday - 12/12/2014, 05:26pm EST

Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President, Professional Services Council

To know what the midterm election results will mean for your agency, first you have to figure out who won what. Or in some cases, who lost what. Alan Chvotkin is executive vice president of the Professional Services Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he examined the impact of the elections on federal agencies.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , In Depth

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 04:14pm EST
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Federal News Countdown: Midterm elections, senior leaders

Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, and Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, count down the week's top federal stories with Francis Rose.

Tags: Stan Soloway , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , In Depth , Federal News Countdown

Friday - 10/31/2014, 05:07pm EDT

Feds, contractors confused by Ebola guidance

An agency denies a federal contractor access to its facility after learning that he's visited family in West Africa, in one sign of the confusion amid contradictory guidance from the White House, Pentagon and elsewhere.

Tags: Ebola , Stan Soloway , USAID , workforce , DoD , AFGE , J. David Cox , Emily Kopp , contracting , Industry

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 03:04pm EDT

Real procurement reform needs to come from within, experts say

Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, and Stan Soloway of the Professional Services Council discuss what hurdles stand in the way of real procurement reform as part of Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform.

Tags: Stan Soloway , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Acquisition , acquisition reform , SARA Panel , In Depth , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Michael OConnell

Monday - 10/20/2014, 04:57pm EDT
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Anne Rung confirmed as OFPP administrator

The Senate approved Anne Rung's nomination by voice vote. Procurement experts say improving the acquisition workforce and addressing concerns with strategic sourcing are among her top priorities.

Tags: Anne Rung , OFPP , Acquisition , Congress , Alan Chvotkin , Roger Waldron , Coaltion for Government Procurement , Dan Gordon , strategic sourcing , acquisition workforce , Training , Shaun Donovan , Tom Carper , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Sam Graves , House Small Business Community , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Contractor ethics rules too reactive, compliance focused, experts say

Improving acquisition compliance and ethics may involve less rulemaking and more culture shaping according to panelists at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress conference. At the conference, agency leaders discussed the need to streamline and pursue innovative approaches to federal acquisition policies.

Tags: Acquisition , management , FAR , compliance and ethics , procurement , Boeing Company , Navy , OFPP , Lesley Field , Alan Chvotkin , Stephen Epstein , James Meade , Angela Styles , Stephanie Wasko , National Contract Management Association

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Industry group calls on White House, not Congress, to lead acquisition reform efforts

The Professional Services Council is the latest group to weigh in after members of Congress sent out the call for contributions to next year's likely round of acquisition reforms. PSC's reply rests largely on the idea that the executive branch can fix most of the current problems on its own.

Tags: DoD , Acquisition , acquisition reform , Stan Soloway , Dave Wennergren , Neil Albert , Industry , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:16am EDT
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