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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The General Services Administration is once again trying to change one of the acquisition rules that industry despises the most the Price Reduction Clause. A proposed rule released today would modernize the way vendors list their prices on the schedule contracts run by GSA. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss this proposed rule and several other acquisition priorities.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , GSA , acquisition

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:38am EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Precise as it might be, sometimes contract language doesn't quite cover a particular situation. While it would probably make a contractor's life easier to just stick to the contract language, that's not always an option. Tim Sullivan is a partner at the law firm Thompson Coburn, and author of the blog, "A Government Contractor's 10 Commandments." On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he tackled the ninth commandment: Be prepared to reciprocate. It's not just the words on the page that matter; it's the relationship between a contractor and the government customer.

Tags: Tim Sullivan , Federal Drive , 10 Commandments for Government Contractors , contracting

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 10:34am EST
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Paul Bean, Contract Specialist/Business Adviser, TSA

With tens of thousands of companies doing business with the federal government each year, you'd think it's easy. But in reality, lots of barriers still stand in the way for many companies. "Barrier Busting" is the subject of a special session at today's ACT-IAC conference on acquisition excellence. Paul Bean, a contract specialist and business adviser at the Transportation Security Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on bringing down the walls.

Tags: Paul Bean , TSA , Federal Drive , acquisition , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:28am EST
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Paul Gregory, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

All morning we've been talking about acquisition, and how to improve and modernize it. Sometimes it's easy to forget that acquisitions aren't just for their own sake; they support programs. So good program management is part of the mix of success. Paul Gregory, the vice chancellor of the Program Management School at the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence Conference with more on that perspective.

Tags: Paul Gregory , Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:16am EST
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Frank McNally, Content Developer, ASI Government

Let's face it. People's eyes glaze over if you tell them you're in federal procurement. It's all a boring mass of rules, regulations and bureaucracy. Right? For the upcoming generation of federal procurement people and the companies they deal with, it's pedal to the metal when it comes to acquisition. Case in point: Frank McNally, content developer at ASI government. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC acquisition excellence conference in Washington to explain.

Tags: Frank McNally , ASI Government , Federal Drive , acquisition , procurement , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:20am EST
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Millisa Gary, Procurement Ombudsmen, GSA

Can we talk? That's what government and industry have been asking for decades. The answer is yes, and there's plenty of Federal Acquisition Regulation backup for that. Yet the administration thought it needed to launch the mythbusters initiative to get industry and government talking at the pre-solicitation stage. That was followed by last year's Open Dialog initiative. How's it all working? Millisa Gary, the procurement ombudsman at the General Services Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to offer some answers.

Tags: Millisa Gary , GSA , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , Federal Acquisition Regulation , FAR

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:30am EST
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Andrew O'Brien, Special Rep. for Global Partnerships, State Dept.

The State Department hopes to tap into veterans' overseas experiences with a new program. The Veterans Innovation Partnership launched last month. The goal is to apply service members' skills to foreign policy and international affairs. Drew O'Brien is the Special Representative for Global Partnerships at the State Department. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain more about the program.

Tags: State Department , Federal Drive , Veterans Innovation Partnership , Veterans Affairs

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:34am EST
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Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." That's how Carol Bonosaro views the current attempts to reform the Senior Executive Service. Bonosaro, the president of the Senior Executives Association, has written a commentary on FederalNewsRadio.com responding to the "Fixing the SES" series. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, Emily Kopp asked Bonosaro to look back on the history of reforms to the SES a history nearly as old as the service itself.

Tags: Carol Bonosaro , Senior Executives Association , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp , SES , Fixing the SES

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:45am EST
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John Marshall, CEO, Shared Services Leadership Coalition

Everyone seems to agree: The use of shared services could save government agencies a lot of time and money. As the reasoning goes, why should multiple agencies have separate and expensive HR or financial systems all doing essentially the same functions? John Marshall is the founder and CEO of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition. This long-term federal senior executive joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to share some ideas for shared services.

Tags: John Marshall , Shared Services Leadership Coalition , Federal Drive , shared services , management

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 09:47am EST
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