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Industry Chatter: Beth McGrath and John Powers

The National Defense Authorization Act is almost ready for the full House Armed Services Committee to review. One certainty is that the final dollar total will be smaller than last year. The Pentagon will make many hard decisions in the coming years, but it will have data and other tools to help make those decisions. John Powers, principal at Deloitte and leader of its Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring practice, and Beth McGrath, director of Deloitte's federal practice and former deputy chief management officer and performance improvement officer at the Defense Department, were Francis Rose's guests for Industry Chatter.

Tags: Beth McGrath , John Powers , Deloitte , DoD , Acquisition , Industry Chatter , In Depth

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 06:24pm EDT
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DoD acquisition reform providing a few glimmers of progress

The 2009 reform aimed at ending the Pentagon's practice of overpromising the weapons systems it could deliver within the budgets it was asking for is showing signs of success. But DoD's acquisition chief says no amount of legislating will solve cost overruns.

Tags: DoD , Congress , GAO , Acquisition , Frank Kendall , Michael Sullivan , workforce , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:50am EDT
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Grim future awaits DHS' acquisition portfolio

A GAO report says cost overruns, schedule delays and poor results are plaguing major acquisition projects at the Homeland Security Department. GAO said those problems are probably going to get worse before they get better.

Tags: DHS , GAO , Risk MAP , Acquisition , Jeh Johnson , Sean McCalley

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 02:52pm EDT

Roger Waldron, President, Coalition for Government Procurement.

The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management will move ahead with a partnership to manage a multiple award contract for human capital and training services. The agencies issued a memorandum of understanding detailing each agency's roles -- GSA will take over facets of acquisition and OPM is responsible for services side of the contract. GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the end goal is to procure these types of services at a lower price.

Tags: Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , GSA , OPM , In Depth , Acquisition

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 06:45pm EDT
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Building a smart, lean government

Tom Davis, director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte, what the government could do to become leaner and more efficient.
April 29, 2014

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Smart Lean Government Initiative , Tom Davis , Congress , Deloitte , efficiency in government , duplication , cloud computing , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf , shared services

Tuesday - 04/29/2014, 10:02pm EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The funny side of strategic sourcing; NSTIC turns 3

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. GSA and SBA continue their ongoing quarrel over the Office Supplies 3 contract, and April marks the three-year anniversary of NSTIC's release.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , IT , Acquisition , strategic sourcing , GSA , SBA , NSTIC , cybersecurity , cloud computing , FedRAMP , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/28/2014, 04:00am EDT

General Dynamics secures $17.65B contract with Navy

General Dynamics' subsidiary Electric Boat will be responsible for building 10 additional Virginia-class submarines as part of a $17.65 billion contract with the Navy.

Tags: General Dynamics , Acquisition , Contracting , Navy

Monday - 04/28/2014, 11:30pm EDT

The state of the federal market

Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss what the acquisition market is like for IT firms and professional services.
April 28, 2014

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , LPTA , Small business contracting , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 04/28/2014, 09:47pm EDT
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Concerns over contract bundling cast shadow over 2013 small business successes

All signs are pointing to the fact that despite the government spending less overall on acquisition last year, agencies met the statutory goal of awarding at least 23 percent of all prime contracts to small businesses. Experts say contract consolidation and bundling will negatively impact small firms in the coming years.

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Industry , GSA , SBA , Ken Dodds , Emily Murphy , Rob Burton , small business , Jason Miller

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:16am EDT

Pentagon sees new risks to industrial base during current spending downturn

The Defense Department and the industries it depends on have made their way through budget downturns before, but this one is different. Both budgets and threats are uncertain.

Tags: DoD , Industry , Elana Broitman , Frank Kendall , Linda Hudson , budget , Acquisition , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:43am EDT
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