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Anybody got a $1,000 toilet seat?

Remember the good old days when federal buyers were paying $435 for a claw hammer? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey does and wonders whether the federal government ever really learned its lesson.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform

Friday - 10/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress has repeatedly tried to eliminate the problem of defense acquisition programs that cost more than they're supposed to and take too long to deliver. After several decades of attempts, it might be time to admit that lawmakers can't solve all of the Pentagon's purchasing problems. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu explains.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Congress , Pentagon , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 10:15am EDT
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Melissa Starinsky, Chancellor, VA Acquisition Academy

The acquisition workforce is issue number one for just about every person Federal News Radio has talked to as part of our special report "The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform". Today's focus - taking stock for the future. Melissa Starinsky is chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said they're realizing some success in training the acquisition workforce of the future.

Tags: Melissa Starinsky , VA Acquisition Academy , Veterans Affairs , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , In Depth

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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Treasury Acquisition Institute adjusts delivery model to reach more students

Kelvin Wood, the director of TAI, said the organization is investing more in virtual training as travel budgets continue to decrease. Wood said the institute also is focusing on more tailored courses to meet specific needs of its students.

Tags: workforce , training , Treasury , kelvin wood , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , e-learning , shared services , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 03:55am EDT
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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 , Paul Francis , David Berteau , Sean Stackley , Christine Fox , Jonathan Etherton , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:52am EDT
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10 ways to improve program management

Strong management is essential to driving successful project and program results. But many executives say their organizations struggle to move ideas into action. As part of our special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio offers a best practices for program management.

Tags: program management , Project Management Institute , Jordon Sims , Accenture Federal Services , John Goodman , Deloitte , Tim Young , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 10/16/2014, 04:00am EDT

Jon Etherton, President, Etherton and Associates

It's Day Two of our special report The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform. Today's focus is reforming the system. What improvements can be made to acquisition training and workforce? Does Congress have the knowledge it needs to suggest improvements? What is the state of governmentwide acquisition vehicles, shared services, and bid and award protests? Jon Etherton is president of Etherton and Associates. He worked on several major pieces of acquisition reform in the 1990s when he was a Congressional staffer. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Jon says there is one major difference between reform then and reform now.

Tags: Jon Etherton , Etherton and Associates , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , In Depth

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:24pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The ever-evolving training regime for federal acquisition workers is no longer about the hard skills of acquisition only. Acquisition people certainly do need to know the policies, regulations and laws. But for real improvement to take place in the system, they also need soft skills to lead successful procurements. As part of our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explores the changing nature of acquisition workforce training.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , workforce , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , acquisition workforce

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 08:29am EDT
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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 , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , 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 , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , Schambach & Williams Consulting , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , GSA , IRS , acquisition workforce ,

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:30am EDT
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