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31 ideas for reforming DoD contracting

The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations asked 31 acquisition experts to weigh in on how the Defense acquisition process can be reformed. Federal News Radio brings you some of the highlights.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Michael OConnell , Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations , defense

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 04:43am EDT

Acquisition quiz: True or False?

If you keep hearing the same thing over and over, is it true? Take certain federal procurement axioms: virtually every procurement nowadays is protested, contracting officers are not allowed to talk to potential bidders, there are too many contracting vehicles out there. Federal News Radio set out to explore these refrains, with the help of two procurement experts.

Tags: acquisition , Dan Gordon , Jim Williams , Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , acquisition myths , Mythbusters

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:50am EDT

Successful DoD acquisition programs start with funding for the workforce

The success of defense acquisition will always depend on the capability of a limited number of people inside and outside government whose resources of time and attention are finite. Increased skill, relevant experiences, and cultural adjustment of the workforce will occur only gradually and only with adequate funding and congressional oversight, says contracting expert Jonathan Etherton.

Tags: Etherton and Associates , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , contracting , DoD , Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations , Jonathan Etherton

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:29am EDT

SARA not the be-all and end-all for acquisition reform

Tom Davis, director of government relations at Deloitte and former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said acquisition offices haven't improved much since Congress passed SARA in 2003.

Tags: Tom Davis , Deloitte , Marcia Madsen , Mayer Brown , acquisition , Acquisition Advisory Panel , SARA , SARA Panel , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Jory Heckman , Michael OConnell ,

Monday - 10/13/2014, 11:58am EDT
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Tom Davis, Government Relations Director, Deloitte

Acquisition reform is one of the most popular subjects on Capitol Hill right now. The likely next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), is leading a task force on defense acquisition reform. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations just published a collection of essays from acquisition experts on the next steps for reform. Our special report, The Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, focuses on finding some kind of legislation reform. Tom Davis, director of government relations for Deloitte and former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what's changed since the Services Acquisition Reform Act panel presented its work to his committee eight years ago.

Tags: Tom Davis , In Depth , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 03:19pm EDT
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Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tags: acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

Scraping off the barnacles of the defense acquisition system

William Greenwalt, the former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, says its long overdue to update the way the Defense Department purchases goods and services.

Tags: William Greenwalt , DoD , acquisition , Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform

Monday - 10/13/2014, 04:25pm 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.
August 12, 2014

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

Tuesday - 08/12/2014, 07:33pm EDT
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Kendall shapes DoD acquisition reforms around 7 areas

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, sent a letter to Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) back in June detailing how Congress can help DoD improve its acquisition outcomes. The list includes stopping sequestration, continued support of workforce training and simplifying rules and regulations.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , DoD , Frank Kendall , Bob Work , AFCEA , Better Buying Power , Congress , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 04:35am EDT
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Industry group calls on White House, not Congress, to lead acquisition reform efforts

The Professional Services Council is the latest group to weigh in after members of Congress sent out the call for contributions to next year's likely round of acquisition reforms. PSC's reply rests largely on the idea that the executive branch can fix most of the current problems on its own.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway , Dave Wennergren , Neil Albert , industry , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 05:16am EDT
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