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Column: Finding answers to a better trained acquisition workforce

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said the acquisition workforce is most important to improving how the government buys goods and services. He said with 55 percent of the current workforce eligible to retire by 2018, agencies and Congress have to work together to figure out how best to train and equip these employees to be successful.

Tags: James Lankford , Congress , House , acquisition workforce , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:56am EDT

Competition in Contracting Act (1984)

Congress is always active in the acquisition and procurement area. Every year, it enacts some provisions that are intended to improve the acquisition process.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Competition in Contracting Act , William Woods , GAO , Timothy DiNapoli , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement

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

Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (1994)

Ten years after the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) became law, it was once again time to alter the federal acquisition process in a significant way.

Tags: Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , contracting , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Timothy DiNapoli , GAO , Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act

Friday - 06/08/2012, 11:10am EDT

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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