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Dr. Chris Lamb, National Defense University

Congress is mulling through a stream of feedback from outside groups on how to fix a labyrinth of defense acquisition policies. Chris Lamb is deputy director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. He recently testified before the House Armed Services Committee to share his ideas. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, Lamb said a source of frustration is a disconnect between the top and bottom of DoD's chain of acquisition authority.

Tags: DoD , Chris Lamb

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 04:44pm EDT
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What's the latest from Capitol Hill?

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, Inc., will give us an update on the procurement issues being discussed on Capitol Hill.
July 15, 2014

Tags: contracting , Jon Etherton , Etherton and Associates , Congress , NDAA , procurement , Acquisition reform , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 07:33pm EDT
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All things contracting with IBM's Anne Altman

Anne Altman, general manager of Federal Government for IBM, will discuss a wide range of contracting topics with host Mark Amtower.
July 14, 2014

Tags: contracting , IBM , Anne Altman , cloud computing , big data , Healthcare IT , cybersecurity , government IT , Small business contracting , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 07/14/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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GAO: Pentagon needs to connect dots between workforce planning, budget needs

The Defense Department is getting smarter about workforce planning — making sure it has the right people with the right skills in the right positions. But DoD's five-year strategic workforce plan, released last fall, is short on details in a few key areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Tags: GAO , workforce , DoD , Ron Sanders , Brenda Farrell , Jack Moore ,

Monday - 07/14/2014, 06:41pm EDT

House panel probes DoD's acquisition workforce

The size of DoD's civilian acquisition workforce has grown by some 20,000 employees over the past five years and now numbers about 135,000 personnel members, according to Stephanie Barna, acting assistant secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management. That's thanks to an effort by DoD begun in 2009 to recapitalize its acquisition workforce. But the department's focus on the acquisition workforce has been strained by a slew of competing priorities and congressionally-mandated belt-tightening, Barna said.

Tags: Congress , House , House Armed Services Committee , Mac Thornberry , Rick Larsen , Frank Kendall , Stephanie Barna , acquisition workforce , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 06:14pm EDT

The government contractor 'scam?'

In many agencies, federal workers and contractors work side by side. Sometimes they have a great relationship, while in other offices they can't stand each other. Today's guest columnist gives his view of the "scam" in his operation.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 02:00am EDT

Senate report: Billions of dollars at risk from shaky Pentagon IT programs

A new bipartisan report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations called the Air Force's now-canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System "one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement by the DoD in recent memory." But the failure of ECSS may not be an aberration, the report suggested. Other enterprise-resource planning programs in the department are at risk of falling victim to the same fate.

Tags: Senate , DoD , technology , Air Force , John McCain , Jack Moore , Carol Cha ,

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 08:27am EDT

FAS's roles in professional services

Tiffany Hixson, the professional services category executive at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service discusses the new professional services category management agenda for FAS and what it means for customer agencies and contractors.
July 8, 2014

Tags: contracting , Tiffany Hixson , GSA , Federal Acquisition Service , category management , OASIS , OASIS SB , MOBIS , FABS , AIMS , standardized labor categories , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:16pm EDT
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Content (marketing) is king!

Joe Pulizzi, founder and executive director of the Content Marketing Institute, will discuss how to use content marketing to generate more business for your company.
July 7, 2014

Tags: contracting , content marketing , Joe Pulizzi , Content Marketing Institute , Small business contracting , social media , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 07/07/2014, 09:06pm EDT
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New ‘hallways' lead to strategic sourcing expansion

Under the Obama administration's strategic sourcing cross-agency priority goal, new commodity managers will oversee "hallways" for information technology, administration and human resources across government. The hope is that the managers and their teams of experts will be able to offer guidance and best practices to agencies when it comes to strategic sourcing.

Tags: strategic sourcing , technology , OMB , GSA , DoD , GAO , SBA , Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council , OS3 , Stephanie Wasko , cross-agency goals

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:54pm EDT
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