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Prime contractors must notify agencies of sub switches under new SBA rule

A new Small Business Administration rule would require prime contractors to notify agency contracting officers when there's a change in subcontractors from the original bid. Kenneth Dodds, an SBA attorney, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to discuss how the new rules would affect contractors and agencies.

Tags: acquisition policy , acquisition workforce , SBA , kenneth dodds , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 08:53am EDT

Intelligence agencies to squeeze savings from IT, contractors

After a decade of uninterrupted spending growth, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has submitted budget cutting plans for intelligence agencies to the White House. The intelligence community will try to save money mostly through IT efficiencies, and will try to protect its civilian workforce while drawing down on its reliance upon contractors.

Tags: technology , IT , ODNI , intelligence , intelligence community , DIA , CIA , James Clapper , NSA , NGA , NRO , workforce , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:42am EDT

A tale of two (Maryland) schools

Host Mark Amtower is joined by Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of BWTech at the UMBC Research and Technology Park, and Capitol College President and CEO Mike Wood.
October 17, 2011(Encore presentation November 28, 2011)

Tags: contracting , ellen hemmerly , bwtech , UMBC , capitol college , Mike Wood , cybersecurity , Fort Meade , maryland cyber challenge , information technology , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 10/17/2011, 07:34pm EDT

Lawmakers want U.S. steel in military vehicles

Senator Jay Rockefeller and a group of seven other senators said they want Deputy Secretary Ash Carter to change how the DoD buys metal for military vehicles.

Tags: DoD Report , Jay Rockefeller , Congress , DoD Buzz , contracting , military vehicles , In Depth

Monday - 10/17/2011, 04:28pm EDT

Obama Opts Out of Procurement Reform

The President delegated reform appropriately, except that the person to whom he delegated the task doesn't yet exist.

Tags: Lurita Doan , OMB , Barack Obama , procurement reform , SARA Panel , Federal Acquisition Institute , Defense Acquisition University , oversight , OFPP , Daniel Gordon , Peter Drucker , GSA , DoD , DHS

Monday - 11/02/2009, 11:09am EST

Acquisition - A Team Sport 5/25/09

Acquisition is a team sport. As Congress and the Administration focus on future acquisition reform, the present challenges remain—how to coordinate the efforts of diverse, and often geographically dispersed teams, and get them across the acquisition finish line successfully —with a great outcome that's within budget and on schedule.

Tags: contracting , Congress

Wednesday - 05/27/2009, 11:34am EDT

Tackling The Paper Monster 5/18/2009

White collar workers in the U.S. use almost 130 pounds of paper each year. For acquisition professionals, it may be double or triple that amount because acquisition projects are notoriously paper-intensive. Cost and schedule risks go up when acquisition documents are lost, misplaced, or poorly documented. Without a process for managing all "electronic" and "paper" assets, acquisitions are unlikely to succeed.

Tags: contracting ,

Monday - 05/18/2009, 02:05pm EDT

Keeping Up With The Jones 4/27/2009

What keeps you up at night? Is it the tremendous pressure to spend your agency's stimulus funds fast? Most agencies with the largest Recovery Act budgets have spent 10 percent or less to date. The demand to complete acquisition in record time is daunting. Keeping acquisitions on track and on-schedule is critical. At the same time, agencies must also do so properly, within the law and without cutting corners or sacrificing integrity or accountability. That's the challenge. is the official government site for reporting projections on how, when, and where the recovery funds will be spent. The list to the left (under links)highlights the Agencies with spending commitments of over $1M and their associated pay-out rates as of April 23, 2009.

Tags: contracting , Recovery Act

Friday - 04/24/2009, 11:55am EDT

Federal Acquisition Spotlight 4/21/2009

Webster defines transparency as the "quality of being easily seen through or detected." But how do you define what "transparency" means to the Federal Government? Is government transparency realized when the process of acquisition is made available to the public or just the results? The challenge of achieving transparency is a balancing act many are facing. Meeting new transparency mandates requires judgment and sound strategy. Do you have the right strategy?

Tags: contracting , federal government

Tuesday - 04/21/2009, 11:28am EDT
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