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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 , contracting , workforce , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 02:47pm EDT
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From DoD to State: Agencies break new contracting ground in Iraq

In a first-ever interview, key officials from the Departments of Defense and State responsible for planning the transition to a diplomatic-led mission in Iraq discuss how the two agencies coordinated one of the largest overseas logistical operations since World War II. The article is the first part in Federal News Radio's special report, Trial by Fire: Overseas Contracting in Transition, part of the series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

Tags: DoD , State , contingency contracting , Iraq , Catherine Ebert-Gray , Gary Motsek , contracting , Iraq drawdown , Commission on Wartime Contracting , SIGIR , LOGCAP , Tommy Marks

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 04:29pm EDT
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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 workforce , contracting , workforce , pay and benefits , Inside the World

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

GAO helps agencies make most of acquisition process

The Government Accountability Office is one of the government's most robust watchdogs, especially when it comes to acquisition. Bill Anderson, GAO's controller and administrative services officer, discussed the ways GAO helps agencies get the most out of the acquisition process.

Tags: GAO , Bill Anderson , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , In Depth , Francis Rose

Monday - 06/11/2012, 08:16pm EDT
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'Better Buying Power' already making waves in DoD acquisition

Steven Grundman, a Lund Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., and former deputy undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Affairs, provides his perspective on how the Better Buying Power initiative has shaped DoD procurement.

Tags: acquisition policy , In Depth , Francis Rose , Steven Grundman , Better Buying Power , DoD

Monday - 06/11/2012, 08:01pm EDT
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Q&A with Larry Allen

Larry Allen of Allen Federal joins host Mark Amtower to talk about changes in government procurement.
June 11, 2012(Encore presentation June 25, 2012)

Tags: contracting , procurement , FSSI , GSA schedules , FedBid , Navy , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , cooperative purchasing agreement

Monday - 06/11/2012, 07:28pm EDT
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OFPP, SBA trying to fix small business contracting shortcomings

Procurement chief Joe Jordan and SBA Administrator Karen Mills highlighted three long-time challenges in a new memo to senior agency officials. Agencies have until July 9 to detail steps they will take to address three areas.

Tags: acquisition workforce , SBA , OMB , OFPP , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Karen Mills , Joe Jordan , Jason Miller , small business

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:34pm EDT

Quick wins show the benefits of DoD's Rapid Acquisition Program

Pia Romero is a contracts administrator at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and serves as an executive officer in the New Mexico Army National Guard. In a column for Federal News Radio's special report, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer, she says DoD's Rapid Acquisition Program provides items to the force, allows the contracting community the ability to participate and compete in the process, and can save money when applied properly.

Tags: Pia Romero , Los Alamos National Laboratory , Energy , DoD , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , contracting , Rapid Acquisition Program

Sunday - 06/10/2012, 05:16pm 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 , contracting , Inside the World

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

Inside the world's biggest buyer

All week long, Federal News Radio presents a multimedia special report on the changing face of acquisition. Throughout the series, Inside the World's Biggest Buyer, we hear from executive branch acquisition experts, lawmakers, auditors and industry experts on how the government can be a better buyer as it spends half a trillion dollars per year.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller , contracting , workforce , Congress

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:31am EDT
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