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NIH's GWAC adjusts to new procurement rules to cut waste, increase competition

The National Institutes of Health has more than a decade of experience under its belt administering a governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC).

Tags: Mary Armstead , NIH , HHS , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , acquisition , GWAC , technology , workforce , Federal Drive

Monday - 06/11/2012, 12:07pm EDT
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In the federal pay debate, 1 + 1 doesn't always equal 2

Researchers are struggling to agree on the best method for comparing public and private sector compensation. Some analysts say the use of differing methods results in wildly varied conclusions.

Tags: pay , pay and benefits , pay debate , workforce , Andrew Biggs , Rex Facer , Federal Salary Council , American Enterprise Institute , CBO , Ruben Gomez

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 05:24am EDT
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DoD bolsters acquisition workforce in face of budget pressures

Tighter budgets and the threat of sequestration have not discouraged the Defense Department from increasing the size of its acquisition workforce, officials said. DoD is adding 20,000 employees to buy more efficiently.

Tags: acquisition , workforce , management , budget , DoD , Air Force , Navy , DLA , Army , Rene Thomas-Rizzo , Scott Harwood , Roy Wood , Tom Evans , Ruben Gomez , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 05:09pm EDT
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VA launches virtual hiring event for veterans

VA will offer teleconferencing at Fort Drum, N.Y., Fort Knox, Ky., Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Riley, Kans.

Tags: VA , DoD Report , Mary Santiago , veterans , workforce , hiring , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 10:14am EDT

NDU's iCollege keeps workforce current on federal buying rules, practices

At the heart of solid federal acquisition lies a well-trained workforce. National Defense University's iCollege professors Andy Gravatt and Russ Mattern share how the school stays up-to-date on acquisition practices across government and the recent changes they've made to the curriculum.

Tags: National Defense University , Andy Gravatt , Russ Mattern , NDU iCollege , acquisition , contracting , workforce , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 02:47pm EDT
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Soldiers who don't re-enlist could face involuntary early separation

The program affects soldiers who have more than three years active duty service but less than six years total service.

Tags: DoD Report , Army , workforce , involuntary separation , Jim Bragg , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 08:19am EDT

Bundling: Naughty or nice

If terms like "cooperative purchasing" and/or "contract bundling" turn you on, welcome to the wonderful world of buying, federal style, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Check out day two of Federal News Radio's multimedia special report, "Inside The World Biggest Buyer."

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , acquisition , acquisition workforce , contracting , workforce , pay and benefits , Inside the World

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 02:00am EDT

Agencies must receive OPM approval to convert politicals

OPM Director John Berry reminded agency leaders that they must seek approval from his agency before placing political appointees in some jobs. The guidelines also include a ban of certain incentive awards.

Tags: political appointees , SES , John Berry , OPM , workforce , Ruben Gomez , management

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:48pm EDT

World's longest, most expensive shopping list

Uncle Sam, with your help, takes in more money than any person, place or thing on Earth. Equally important, he spends more in a week, again with your help, than most nation's do in a decade. That's why Federal News Radio's special series, "Inside the World's Biggest Buyer: How $500 billion Dollars Can Be Spent Better," which launches today, is a must-read whether you are on the giving or receiving end, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , workforce , acquisition , contracting , Inside the World

Monday - 06/11/2012, 02:00am EDT

Stress without distress

Host Bob Leins welcomes Patti Hudson, a health and fitness speaker, to the studio to discuss "Stress Without Distress."

Tags: For Your Benefit , Bob Leins , Patti Hudson , pay and benefits , workforce

Monday - 06/11/2012, 12:28pm EDT
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