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Agencies given how-to guide for modular, agile IT contracting

Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel and Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan released the guidance that highlights possible risks or challenges, and offers checklists, templates and other tools to make the move to this smaller, more outcome based approach easier for agencies.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , contracting , industry , OMB , OFPP , Joe Jordan , Steven VanRoekel , IT reform , TechStat , modular contracting , Agile development , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/15/2012, 02:44pm EDT

Assessing acquisition rules a full-time pursuit

Rules and regulations are supposed to help the government make the smartest, fairest purchases are often complex. For Bill Woods, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, federal procurement rules are a full-time pursuit.

Tags: Bill Woods , GAO , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , acquisition , acquisition workforce , oversight , Acquisition policy , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:14pm EDT
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Agencies taking a more disciplined approach to managing vendors

GSA, Commerce and others are using supply chain management techniques to buy smarter and more efficiently. Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Steve Kempf said a recent survey of their contractors will help influence the next generation of schedules.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , contracting , Supply chain management , GSA , Steve Kempf , Raj Sharma , Censeo Consulting Group , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/12/2012, 05:24am 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 , Acquisition policy , In Depth , Francis Rose , Steven Grundman , Better Buying Power , DoD

Monday - 06/11/2012, 08:01pm EDT
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GSA ridding schedules of deadwood

Agency introduces the new Demand Based Model that will focus resources on the products and services agencies need and want the most. GSA plans on closing two schedules and parts of 14 others to new offerors. GSA also will cut vendors who do little or no business on the schedule to help reduce administrative costs.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , industry , Steve Kempf , GSA , Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , Mick Mulvaney , House Small Business Committee , supply schedules , Demand Based Model , Small business contracting , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/08/2012, 05:37am EDT
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Jordan makes his case for being next OFPP administrator

Joe Jordan told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee he would focus on three priorities if confirmed. He also backed away somewhat from the administration's stance on a cap on executive compensation. Jordan received support from the committee, and a vote on his nomination could come as early as next week.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , Congress , management , Joe Jordan , OFPP , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Dan Gordon , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/09/2012, 06:00pm EDT
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OFPP dispels 8 more agency, vendor communications myths

The administration will issued the Mythbusters 2 memo today. The document takes aim at commonly held misconceptions by vendors. It follows the initial Mythbusters memo issued in February 2011 focusing on agency-held fallacies.

Tags: acquisition , Acquisition policy , industry , OFPP , Lesley Field , Joanie Newhart , Mythbusters , contracting , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/07/2012, 05:52am EDT
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Ship competition may offer Navy a buying model for the future

Lockheed Martin and Austal are currently building 55 Littoral Combat Ships for the Navy. Kevin Brancato, a defense analyst for BGov and author of the report, "'Real Competition' for The Littoral Combat Ship," discusses how the Navy's competition between the two contractors may serve as a model for future acquisitions.

Tags: Kevin Brancato , Bloomberg Government , LCS , Navy , DoD , contracting , acquisition , Acquisition policy , DoD Report

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 06:01pm EDT
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Automatic suspension in contracting bill draws ire of industry

Disagreement persists over whether provisions in a new contracting bill will enhance oversight of overseas contracting during conflicts or create another bureaucratic layer that penalizes contractors.

Tags: DoD , industry , contracting , acquisition , Acquisition policy , acquisition workforce , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Scott Amey , POGO , PSC , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 03/02/2012, 08:51pm EST
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DoD fortifying cyber buying strategy

Frank Kendall, DoD's acting acquisition chief, said the first version fell flat due to "interest groups" weakening it. He said Congress required the strategy to detail how the military will buy offensive and defensive cyber capabilities. It's part of a broader effort to fix the Pentagon's acquisition process.

Tags: acquisition , DoD , acquisition workforce , Acquisition policy , industry , Better Buying Power initiative , performance management , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , cybersecurity , CSIS , Jason Miller , Frank Kendall

Tuesday - 02/07/2012, 07:28am EST
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