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GSA considers alternatives to track contractors

For decades, the General Services Administration has contracted with the company Dun & Bradstreet to provide unique identifying numbers for businesses. These numbers called Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS numbers allow GSA to track contractors and other recipients of federal funds. But the cost of using this service has grown from $1 million in 2002 to about $19 million per year under the current contract.

Tags: Bill Woods , GAO , Dun & Bradstreet , DUNS number , contracting , inherently governmental , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 06/19/2012, 11:20am EDT
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Analysis: Sequestration would drive contractors over 'fiscal cliff'

Defense contractors are growing increasingly worried about the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, known as sequestration, which are set to take effect in January. Marion Blakey, the president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, said the cuts would hit the defense industry particularly hard.

Tags: Marion Blakey , AIA , industry , DoD , sequestration , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Monday - 06/18/2012, 09:59pm EDT
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All things SEWP

Joanne Woytek, program manager of NASA SEWP talks about the government wide contract vehicle and its goals and missions for the future.
June 18, 2012(Encore presentation July 16, 2012)

Tags: contracting , SEWP , NASA , Joanne Woytek , IDIQs , GWAC , government contracting , SEWP 5 , Small business contracting

Monday - 06/18/2012, 09:42pm EDT
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Wartime contracting reform bill reintroduced

Senators Claire McCaskill and Jim Webb gain bipartisan support on legislation designed to decrease wasteful spending. Some provisions in the bill regarding accountability have been strengthened.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Senate , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Claire McCaskill , James Webb , Esther Carey

Monday - 06/18/2012, 06:07pm EDT

Contractors experience limited communication between industry, agencies

IBM Federal General Manager Todd Ramsey busts myths about government procurement. Although well-conceived, he said current acquisition procedures do more harm than good.

Tags: acquisition policy , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , best practices , industry , Mythbusters , Todd Ramsey , IBM , Keith BieryGolick

Monday - 06/18/2012, 02:55pm EDT
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Is it always a good time time to sell to Uncle Sam?

The landscape of the government contracting world is changing faster than ever. Understanding what's happening now will help you understand what may be coming in the months and years ahead. Phil Kiviat, with Guerra Kiviat, a federal sales consulting firm, discusses if there's a good or bad time to sell to the government.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , industry , Guerra Kiviat , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 06/15/2012, 08:09pm EDT
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Bid protesting system helps agencies police themselves

Steven Maser, a professor of public policy and administration at Willamette University, recently completed a study on the bid protest process. While he acknowledged that the number of bid protests were on the rise, he didn't necessarily think that was a bad thing for agencies and contractors.

Tags: Steven Maser , bid protests , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Federal Drive , industry , Michael OConnell

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 12:25pm EDT
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Vendors start to see contracts slowing down with sequestration looming

Contractors warn of possible layoffs due to potential budget cuts. Some companies are in waiting mode to see what happens with Congress over the next six months.

Tags: Debbie James , SAIC , sequestration , budget , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Ruben Gomez , industry , contracting

Friday - 06/15/2012, 05:56am EDT
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Federal News Countdown: Top acquisition stories

Jason Miller, executive editor of Federal News Radio and "In Depth" host Francis Rose count down the top acquisition stories of 2012 and highlights some of the stories from the Federal News Radio week-long special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal News Countdown , Jason Miller ,

Friday - 06/15/2012, 05:38pm EDT
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Rapid acquisition speeds capabilities to warfighters

With a $500 billion budget, the United States is the world's biggest buyer, and Defense is the biggest piece of that pie. The Rapid Acquisition Program has kicked into overdrive to help warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan. Roy Smith, an executive vice president at ITG and a member of the executive advisory council of the National Contract Management Association, discusses how the program works and how industry views its achievements.

Tags: Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , contracting , Rapid Acquisition Program , NCMA , Roy Smith , ITG , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , DoD

Friday - 06/15/2012, 02:41pm EDT
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