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After decades of DoD acquisition reform, Congress has yet to tackle cultural issues

Big programs at DoD continue to overspend their budgets and blow past their schedules because of unrealistic requirements and rosy cost projections. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, several acquisition experts pointed out that DoD acquisition is one of the most studied problems in the history of government.

Tags: DoD , GAO , acquisition , Paul Francis , David Berteau , Christine Fox , Jonathan Etherton , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:52am EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon launches program to recognize its best suppliers

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. In this edition, DoD kicks off its "superior supplier" program, and DoD asks Congress to stop pushing acquisition reforms.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , Congress , Frank Kendall , Terry Halvorsen , David Tillotson , Robert Hale , Michael McCord , Michael Basla , William Bender , Thomas Horlander , Karen Dyson , Jared Serbu

Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Amid bribery scandal, Navy changes business practices for overseas port calls

Navy moves to centralize its contracting and payment processes for overseas husbanding services after its investigators find tens of millions of dollars in overcharges resulting from bribes.

Tags: DoD , Navy , contracting , Glenn Defense Marine Asia , Leonard Francis , Elliott Branch , Ray Mabus , Jared Serbu , bribery

Monday - 12/23/2013, 03:51am EST
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DoD acquisition programs remain alive, but sequestration damage is real

Virtually every one of DoD's acquisition programs took a hit from sequestration in the first year of sequestration, officials from each of the military services told lawmakers this week. But the next few years of the 10-year spending restrictions could be much more painful, especially if Congress doesn't return to the process of enacting regular appropriations bills.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Congress , sequestration , government shutdown , Army , Navy , Air Force , Heidi Shyu , William LaPlante , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:46am EDT
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Losing bidders protest Navy's massive NGEN contract

Without commenting on the reasons behind the protest, a team led by Computer Sciences Corporation challenged the Navy's decision to award a multibillion dollar contract to operate IT networks to a competing team headed up by HP.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , NGEN , HP , Navy , CSC , Harris , Jared Serbu

Monday - 07/15/2013, 08:48pm EDT

Navy picks HP for long-awaited NGEN contract

Hewlett Packard, the same vendor which has owned and operated the Navy Department's networks for more than a decade will continue a similar role under a new multibillion dollar contract. But the Navy and Marine Corps will take ownership of their IT infrastructure and reserve the right to recompete any or all of it at a future date.

Tags: Navy , technology , NGEN , industry , acquisition , DoD , Marine Corps , NMCI , Victor Gavin , Kevin Nally , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 06/27/2013, 06:42pm EDT
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Military worried small business suppliers will disappear during sequestration

Small firms already have taken a disproportionate hit from DoD's pullback in 2013 spending, Pentagon officials say. Military acquisition leaders worry the sudden cuts will bankrupt small businesses that provide one-of-a-kind capabilities.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , Army , Navy , Air Force , Heidi Shyu , Charles Davis , Jared Serbu , small business , defense industrial base , industry , contracting , House Armed Services Committe

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:10am EST
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Navy, Marine Corps consolidate Microsoft purchases

The Department of the Navy has signed a deal with the Microsoft that would consolidate nearly 30 different licensing arrangements with the world's largest software maker into one agreement.

Tags: Navy , Marine Corps , Terry Halvorsen , Microsoft , Tim Solms , management , technology , DoD , DoD Report

Monday - 07/09/2012, 05:13am EDT
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