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Air Force pins its future on ‘strategic agility'

Service's latest strategy document sees a future in which it will need to be more flexible and adaptable, including in its acquisition and personnel policies and organizational structures.

Tags: Air Force , DoD , Deborah Lee James , National Contract Management Association , Mark Welsh , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 11:13am EDT
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Contractor ethics rules too reactive, compliance focused, experts say

Improving acquisition compliance and ethics may involve less rulemaking and more culture shaping according to panelists at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress conference. At the conference, agency leaders discussed the need to streamline and pursue innovative approaches to federal acquisition policies.

Tags: management , FAR , compliance and ethics , procurement , Boeing Company , Navy , OFPP , Lesley Field , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Stephen Epstein , James Meade , Angela Styles , Stephanie Wasko , National Contract Management Association

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Industry group calls on White House, not Congress, to lead acquisition reform efforts

The Professional Services Council is the latest group to weigh in after members of Congress sent out the call for contributions to next year's likely round of acquisition reforms. PSC's reply rests largely on the idea that the executive branch can fix most of the current problems on its own.

Tags: DoD , Professional Services Council , Acquisition reform , Stan Soloway , Dave Wennergren , Neil Albert , industry , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:16am EDT
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GSA cuts 1,000 noncompliant vendors from IT schedule

Kay Ely, GSA's director of IT schedule programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, said removing 1,000 vendors who weren't meeting the minimum annual sales requirement of $25,000 a year is saving the agency about $3.2 million a year in administrative costs. At the same time, GSA is adding 30-to-40 new vendors each month to Schedule 70 as part of its effort to make sure agency customers have access to new, innovative companies.

Tags: contracting , technology , industry , GSA , Kay Ely , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , National Contract Management Association , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:48am EDT
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Stan Soloway, President and CEO, Professional Services Council

A partially trained workforce working within a nearly impossible system is not a recipe for success. But that's how things are when it comes to federal acquisition, according to the Professional Services Council. The industry group has sent Congress a long list of recommendations to make procurement faster and more competitive. Council President Stan Soloway joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the study got started.

Tags: Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , workforce , Congress

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:14pm EDT
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FAS's roles in professional services

Tiffany Hixson, the professional services category executive at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service discusses the new professional services category management agenda for FAS and what it means for customer agencies and contractors.
July 29, 2014

Tags: contracting , Tiffany Hixson , GSA , Federal Acquisition Service , category management , OASIS , OASIS SB , MOBIS , FABS , AIMS , standardized labor categories , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 10:16pm EDT
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Keith Trippie, Chief Executive Officer, The Trippie Group

Uncle Sam a venture capitalist? Imagine a board room with honchos from government, finance and Silicon Valley. A board of directors for the federal government, solving its toughest challenges with the latest concepts and cutting edge technology. Keith Trippie is CEO of the Trippie Group and a former Homeland Security executive. He says if the government follows a Silicon Valley venture capital model the taxpayer would win. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to explain why.

Tags: Trippie Group , Keith Trippie , Silicon Valley , technology

Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:45pm EDT
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An update on GSA's SmartPay program

Host Mark Amtower discusses the SmartPay program with David Shea, director, Office of Charge Card Management at the General Services Administration.
July 28, 2014

Tags: contracting , GSA , SmartPay , David Shea , travel card , fleet card , purchase card , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 07/28/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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Jamie Sybert, Director, and David Kirschbaum, Principal, Baker Tilly

Contracts are like marriages. Everyone enters into them optimistically and with the best intentions. But, they don't always work out. Sometimes an agency has to terminate a contract. Termination requires care, though. Jamie Sybert is a director, and David Kirschbaum is a principal at the accounting and contracts advisory firm Baker Tilly. They spoke with Tom Temin at the National Contract Management Association World Congress. They've got advice for clean separations. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

Tags: National Contract Management Association World Congress , contracting , Jamie Sybert , David Kirschbaum

Monday - 07/28/2014, 08:38am EDT
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