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Part 4: SBA's contracting practices under close scrutiny

In part 4 of Federal News Radio's investigative series "Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA," allegations of cronyism and conflict of interest in the acquisition process arise. Over the past year, lawmakers and auditors have raised concerns about the agency's acquisition practices. SBA officials deny the accusations and say they are strengthening their acquisition processes.

Tags: management , Ethel Matthews , Jonathan Swain , Karen Mills , Olympia Snowe , Nydia Velazquez , Eileen Harrington , Sara Lipscomb , SBA , House Small Business Committee , Senate Small Business Committee , FTC , Bill Shook , Rosemarie Straight , Tom Wimer , KnowledgeBank , McKinsey and Company , conflict of interest , whistleblower retaliation , Recovery Act , Discouraged and Disrespected at SBA , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 07:20am EST
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NASA to change EVM requirements

The proposed rule change would make life a little easier for some contractors.

Tags: NASA , EVM , firm-fixed-price , Meg Beasley

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 08:11pm EST

Sucessfull contracting has roots in planning, relationships

Mark Amtower, host of "Amtower Off-Center" and federal government marketing expert joins Francis Rose with advice for small business

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Mark Amtower , marketing ,

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 04:43pm EST
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Air Force chief to contractors: Deliver what you promise

The Hill reports on the Air Force Chief of Staff's strong comments to the contracting community.

Tags: DoD Report , Norton Schwartz , Air Force , The Hill , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 01:03pm EST

Most JFCOM layoffs will be contractors

Gen. Ray Odierno, the commander of the soon to be shuttered Joint Forces Command said Wednesday that the vast majority of jobs lost in JFCOM's closure would be contracted positions. Most of the command's civilian and uniformed billets will be moved into a newly-created two-star command or transferred to individual military services.

Tags: DoD , JFCOM , Robert Gates , Ray Odierno , DoD budget , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 07:01pm EST
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Public procurement field gets first standards of practice

The National Institute of Government Procurement is proposing professional guidelines for the public procurement field.

Tags: NIGP , Rick Grimm , procurement , standards of practice , best practices , collaboration , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 04:15pm EST
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DoD: No mergers for biggest contractors

The Defense Department's acquisition chief said mergers would hurt competition.

Tags: Ashton Carter , DoD Report , acquisition , mergers , Bloomberg TV , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 01:40pm EST

DCAA tightens audit scopes, sees big returns

DCAA has added 500 employees over the last two years but is conducting fewer, though higher quality, audits each year. Director Patrick Fitzgerald explains the thinking behind a new framework.

Tags: Federal Drive , DCAA , Army , management , Patrick Fitzgerald , Defense Contract Audit Agency , Suzanne Kubota

Wednesday - 02/09/2011, 09:40am EST
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Air Force models rapid IT development

The Defense Department wants its information technology projects to be developed in smaller, faster chunks that take no more than 18 months to deploy. One Air Force program executive officer says he's already doing it in 12 months.

Tags: DoD , Technology , IT acquisition , agile development , AFCEA , C4ISR , Steve Wert , acquisition workforce , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/08/2011, 06:39pm EST
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How IT reform will affect industry

What does OMB's 25-point plan to reform IT and the OFPP's myth busting campaign mean for industry? Tom Sisti from SAP America joins the show to discuss.
February 8, 2011

Tags: Tom Sisti , SAP America , IT reform , Technology , OFPP , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 02/08/2011, 04:32pm EST
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