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Clinger-Cohen Act (1996)

In 1996, Congress passed the Clinger-Cohen Act, which eliminated the exclusive authority of the General Services Administration to acquire technology and allowed individual federal agencies to assume that role. This story is part of Timeline: Congress crafts acquisition policy.

Tags: contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Clinger Cohen Act , technology , William Woods , GAO , GSA , Brooks Act , Board of Contract Appeal , Steve Kelman , OFPP

Friday - 06/08/2012, 11:12am EDT

Federal Acquisition and Reform (1996)

The Federal Acquisition and Reform Act (FARA) of 1996 built on many of the elements introduced in the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994.

Tags: Federal Acquisition and Reform Act , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Tim DiNapoli , GAO

Friday - 06/08/2012, 11:13am EDT

HUBZone Empowerment Act (1998)

In 1998, Congress passed the HUBZone Empowerment Act in order to give a boost to small business located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones in bidding on contracts.

Tags: HUBZone Empowerment Act , William Woods , GAO , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Friday - 06/08/2012, 11:41am EDT

Services Acquisition Reform Act (2003)

With the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003 (SARA), Congress recognized that agencies were buying more and more services rather than goods.

Tags: Tim Dinapoli , GAO , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , contracting , Services Acquisition Reform Act , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Friday - 06/08/2012, 12:02pm EDT

Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act (2009)

Congress passed the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 to improve the way the Defense Department buys major weapons systems.

Tags: Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act , William Woods , GAO , DoD , contracting , technology , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Friday - 06/08/2012, 12:06pm EDT

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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