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Acquisition priorities at GSA

Jeff Koses, senior procurement executive for the General Services Administration, will discuss his acquisition priorities for the agency.
July 22, 2014

Tags: procurement , Contracting , Jeff Koses , GSA , acquisition workforce , prices paid data , social media , collaboration , visualization , ombudsman , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 09:02pm EDT
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FAR Council's broad reading of counterfeit parts law causes concerns

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council would require all contractors at the prime and sub levels to report counterfeit or suspected counterfeit parts to the government.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , counterfeit parts , Industry , Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council , Federal Drive , Contracting , Ariel Levin-Waldman

Monday - 07/21/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Alan Chvotkin, Executive VP and Counsel, Professional Services Council

Congress has put the onus on federal contractors to make sure they are not including counterfeit or obsolete parts in equipment they sell to the government. The law was passed in 2012. Only now has the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council come out with a proposed rule. It requires contractors to report counterfeits, suspected counterfeits, and anything they suspect of being non conforming. The proposed rule covers primes, sub contractors, and subs to subs, all down the line. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel to the Professional Services Council, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what contractors think of the new rule.

Tags: Alan Chvotkin , Contracting , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Monday - 07/21/2014, 11:07am EDT
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Budget predictions for the rest of FY 2014 and 2015

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners and Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst at Bloomberg Government will discuss the end of fiscal year 2014 spending and what's ahead in 2015.
July 21, 2014

Tags: Contracting , FY 2014 budget , FY 2015 budget , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , Cameron Leuthy , Bloomberg Government , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center , continuing resolution , Small business contracting

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 09:28pm EDT
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Proposed Senate USPS reforms could save $17 billion

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate's postal reform plan would save just under $17 billion. Changes to the agency would include maintaining increased postal rates and cutting delivery to five days per week.

Tags: USPS , management , Congress , budget , reform , CBO , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 03:54pm EDT

GSA to be 'more forceful' in real-estate decisions

The General Services Administration needs to step up its leadership to take advantage of cost-saving real estate opportunities, according to House members participating in a recent round table discussion.

Tags: Congress , GSA , real estate , House , Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure , Norman Dong , Lynn DeCastro , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 02:10pm EDT

Betsy Schmid and MJ Mitchell, Aerospace Industries Association

Capitol Hill turns to an array of outside groups for advice. The deadline for comments to the Armed Services committees was last Thursday. One set of recommendations comes from the Aerospace Industries Association. Betsy Schmid is VP of National Security and Acquisition Policy for the AIA. She's also former staff director of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. MJ Mitchell is AIA's managing assistant VP for National Security and Acquisition Policy, and former chief financial officer of the F-35 program. The two explained AIA's approach to acquisition reform on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: AIA , NDAA , Defense , Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense , MJ Mitchell , Betsy Schmid

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Dr. Chris Lamb, National Defense University

Congress is mulling through a stream of feedback from outside groups on how to fix a labyrinth of defense acquisition policies. Chris Lamb is deputy director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He recently testified before the House Armed Services Committee to share his ideas. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Lamb said a source of frustration is a disconnect between the top and bottom of DoD's chain of acquisition authority.

Tags: DoD , Chris Lamb

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 04:44pm EDT
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What's the latest from Capitol Hill?

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, Inc., will give us an update on the procurement issues being discussed on Capitol Hill.
July 15, 2014

Tags: Contracting , Jon Etherton , Etherton and Associates , Congress , NDAA , procurement , Acquisition Reform , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 07:33pm EDT
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All things contracting with IBM's Anne Altman

Anne Altman, general manager of Federal Government for IBM, will discuss a wide range of contracting topics with host Mark Amtower.
July 14, 2014

Tags: Contracting , IBM , Anne Altman , cloud computing , big data , Healthcare IT , cybersecurity , government IT , Small business contracting , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 07/14/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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