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Frank Anderson, Former President of Defense Acquisition University

Former Defense Acquisition University President Frank Anderson is a veteran when it comes to the theme of procurement reform and people. Anderson says the acquisition workforce in the Defense Department has come a long way. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss how procurement leadership can foster better outcomes.

Tags: Frank Anderson , Federal Drive , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , acquisition , acquisition workforce , Acquisition University

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:37am EDT
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Jim Williams, Partner, Schambach & Williams Consulting

On the second day of our three-day series, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we're focusing on people and what improvements can be made to acquisition training and the workforce. Jim Williams is former acting commissioner at the General Services Administration and the top acquisition official at the IRS. Williams joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss all things procurement and the current state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles.

Tags: Jim Williams , Federal Drive , Schambach & Williams Consulting , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , GSA , IRS , acquisition workforce , acquisition

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:30am EDT
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Dan Gordon, George Washington University Law School

As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, we examine bid and contract award protests. In the grand scheme of things 1,600 protests don't amount to much stacked next to the one or two million contract actions each year. Former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share his perspective.

Tags: Federal Drive , Dan Gordon , George Washington University , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , acquisition , contracting , bid protests

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:20am EDT
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Lt. Gen. Michael E. Williamson, U.S. Army

Sometimes you have a plan but contingencies come up and force you to change. That's the situation the Army finds itself in. The service is taking a close look at how budget constraints and blossoming global conflicts are forcing it to adjust. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson is military deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology and director of Acquisition Career Management. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the U.S. Army Expo.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Michael E. Williamson , Federal Drive , Army , AUSA , aquisition

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:11pm EDT
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Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

Only a few weeks ago, Army leadership was planning to shrink its force to levels unseen since before World War II. But that was before Islamic State terrorists threatened to take over Iraq and Syria, before Russia invaded Ukraine and before the U.S. began deploying 4,000 troops to West Africa to help control the Ebola outbreak. Now the Army's Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, suggests the Army and political leaders need to rethink their plans. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the Army Expo about the Army's next steps.

Tags: Ray Odierno , Emily Kopp , Army , AUSA , Islamic State , Syria , Iraq

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:01pm EDT
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Bill Greenwalt, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Today is the first of a three-day series here at Federal News Radio called The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform. Today's focus is legislating reform. Over the years, what statutes have made the most impact, what have been the least successful and what pending legislation holds the most promise? The Clinger-Cohen act changed the landscape of federal procurement back in 1996. It gave agencies more authority and formalized the CIO position. Bill Greenwalt is a former Senate staff member who helped pen Clinger-Cohen, formally known as the Information Technology Management Reform Act. He's now a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Greenwalt joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why the Clinger-Cohen act was needed to update the prevailing law at the time.

Tags: Bill Greenwalt , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army NATO

The United States is teaming up with NATO allies and partner countries in Eastern Europe for training exercises and logistics collaboration. The exercises take place frequently, but now there's added tension. Namely, sustained aggression from Russia against Ukraine. The U.S. actions fall under a strategy umbrella called Operation Atlantic Resolve. Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt is deputy commanding general of Army Europe and Commander of Army NATO. He spoke with Emily Kopp at the Association of the Army Expo.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Association of the United States Army , Army , Walter E. Piatt

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 01:00pm EDT
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Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

You might say Customs and Border Protection had a busy summer. The agency had to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors. Tens of thousands of them flooded across the Mexican border. CBP handled all it with limited funding. It also faced claims that agents used excessive force at detention centers and against people trying to cross into the United States illegally. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the next steps.

Tags: Gil Kerlikowske , Federal Drive , CBP , immigration , ICE

Monday - 10/13/2014, 03:32pm EDT
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Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition reform , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform ,

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies are struggling to follow the rules around cloud computing. The Council of Inspectors General examined 77 commercial cloud contracts across 19 civilian agencies. It found most failed to implement federal guidance and best practices. Federal News Radio's Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the councils' new report.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , cloud computing , inspector general , Council of Inspectors General , best practices , contracting

Monday - 10/13/2014, 09:13am EDT
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