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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The White House is taking a bigger interest in the nuts and bolts of government management these days. One piece of evidence: The General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service has visited the Oval Office itself twice over the past few weeks. In his biweekly feature, "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," Executive Editor Jason Miller writes about what's going on. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , GSA , In Depth

Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:29am EST
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Jonathan Aberman, Managing Director and Chairman, Amplifier Ventures

President Barack Obama held the first White House Cybersecurity Summit and pushed for greater sharing of information with an Executive Order. And, the Federal Aviation Administration published rules for the use of small drones over the weekend. Jonathan Aberman is chairman of the venture capital firm Amplifier Ventures and founder of TandemNSI, a non-profit. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further discuss the news.

Tags: Jonathan Aberman , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Amplifier Ventures , White House , FAA , technology

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 09:31am EST
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Contracting officers not given tools, support to take risks, be innovative

A new survey by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton reveals the shifting demographics of the acquisition workforce gives the administration an opportunity to change the culture of how the government buys goods and services. From training, to hiring, to creating a path for better collaboration, the acquisition workforce could undergo a major transformation with the right support and focus, experts say.

Tags: contracting , industry , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Phil Kangas , Grant Thornton , LPTA , innovation , workforce , training , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/23/2015, 04:04am EST
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Air Force to reshape 'cost curve' via targeted acquisition reforms

A new series of acquisition changes called "Bending the Cost Curve" aims to make the overall Air Force acquisition process more responsive to technological advances, and reduce the time it takes to buy major weapons systems. The Air Force Research Lab will host a technology challenge program with the largest award in military history.

Tags: Air Force , Deborah Lee James , Bending the Cost Curve , Better Buying Power , Atlantic Council , industry , contracting , challenges , Bill LaPlante , Air Force Research Laboratory , Cost-cutting analysis program , plugfest , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/16/2015, 04:00am EST

Workforce obstacles hamper digital tech growth at agencies, study says

Agency management is mostly gung-ho about bringing new digital technology into the workplace, but hurdles such as a sluggish acquisition process and a workforce lacking tech-related skills keep the federal government from innovating, according to a new study.

Tags: workforce , NAPA , technology ,

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 12:46pm EST

Myth No. 10: Solicitations are filled with boilerplate provisions that don't need to be read carefully

Contracting expert Tim Sullivan says there is no excuse for not being aware of every provision in a government contract.

Tags: contracting , Timothy Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Ten Myths of Government Contracting , boilerplate , solicitation

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 04:09am EST

Why leadership, not Congress, is key to acquisition reform

NCMA Executive Director Michael Fischetti and Tom Davis, former chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, conclude that better leadership will get the acquisition process where it needs to be.

Tags: Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform , Jory Heckman , Tom Davis , Mike Fischetti , acquistion workforce

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:23am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Fiscal 2013 was a banner year for small business contractors. For the first time in almost a decade, agencies awarded 23 percent of all available contracts to small firms. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on how the government met its small business contracting goal. Read Jason's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , SBA , contracting ,

Monday - 08/04/2014, 08:24am EDT
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DoD needs to be open to global, commercial technology, expert says

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn says the Pentagon needs to adjust its strategy to take advantage of the global and commercial technology markets.

Tags: Bill Lynn , DRS Technologies , Finmeccanica North America , technology , globalization , Atlantic Council , DoD , industry , contracting , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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What is the current state of government contracting?

Kevin Plexico, vice president of Research for Deltek and GovWin, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about what's ahead for the GovCon market the rest of this year and in 2015.
June 9, 2014

Tags: contracting , sequestration , government shutdown , Kevin Plexico , GovWin , task orders , Small business contracting , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 06/09/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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