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Frontline Forum returns to improve procurement

Dan Gordon of OFPP discusses the return of the Frontline Forum meetings.

Tags: Frontline Forum , Contracting , procurement , Steve Kelman , best practices , Dan Gordon , OFPP , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 05:48pm EST
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North Korea Selling Banned Nuclear Equipment

A UN report released on Friday found that North Korea is supplying banned nuclear and ballistic missile equipment to Iran, Syria and Myanmar using surreptitious means to avoid international sanctions. A UN committee called for heightened vigilance to stop the nuclear trade and for investigation into the sophisticated means used by North Korea to avoid detection. Weapons, missiles and dated nuclear technology are the top three hard currency earners for North Korea. The North is desperate due to dire economic conditions and has no alternative but to try to export the only items it makes that have a market.

Tags: Contracting , KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 04:32pm EST

Tech issues in the lame duck session examined

A 3 percent withholding requirement for contractors was passed in 2005 and is set to take effect Jan. 1 2012, and government agencies are already preparing for its implementation. We learn more from Phil Bond with TechAmerica.

Tags: Federal Drive , Congress , lame duck , Phil Bond , TechAmerica , Suzanne Kubota , Federal Research and Development Tax Credit , contractor withholding , Contracting , cybersecurity

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 10:08am EST
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Effort moves veteran-owned into the contractor fold

County works to bring veteran-owned companies into the federal contracting fold. Details from Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's Barbara Ashe.

Tags: Federal Drive , Contracting , Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce , Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation , Barbara Ashe , veteran owned

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 09:31am EST
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Law takes aim at Alaska contracting loopholes

Sen. Claire McCaskill's legislation would take aim at privileges for Alaska native corporations.

Tags: Claire McCaskill , Contracting , Alaska Native Corporations , Jolie Lee , Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 07:42pm EST

NDU course targets common mistakes in IT project management

National Defense University's iCollege professor Andy Gravatt explains the lessons on his course syllabus, from communication to risk management.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Andy Gravatt , National Defense University , Technology , Contracting , management , project management , IT , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 11:47am EST
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DoD's changing acquisition tactics previewed

Ashton Carter, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, described the future state of military contracting. He said vendors should look at several current examples including the Littoral Combat Ship and the replacement for the Ohio Class Submarine.

Tags: Contracting , industry , Ashton Carter , DoD , Center for American Progress , efficiency initiatives , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 06:53am EST

Zakheim: better acquisition workforce requires more money

To save money in contracting, DoD will have to spend money to build the acquisition workforce, former DoD Comptroller Dov Zakheim said.

Tags: Pentagon Solutions , In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD , Dov Zakheim , budget , Contracting , training , Robert Gates

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 07:10pm EST
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LMI's Weiss discusses Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Weiss, Senior Director of Program Development, LMI was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Excellence in Partnership Awards. Host Larry Allen discusses the award and Weiss's career with the man himself.
November 16, 2010

Tags: Paul Weiss , LMI , Excellence in Partnership Awards , Coalition for Government Procurement , Larry Allen , Off the Shelf , Contracting

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 02:37pm EST
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Iraq Breaks Deadlock on Forming New Government

Iraqi politicians recently made progress in breaking the political deadlock that had prevented formation of a government, despite a walkout by the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc. Parliament has reappointed Jalal Talabani as President and elected a Sunni Arab from the Iraqiya bloc as Speaker of Parliament. Talabani re-appointed Nuri al Maliki as Prime Minister, enabling him to begin selecting a cabinet. Some commentators have asserted a new government will help reduce sectarian violence. None have explained how that is likely to occur since the Sunni-backed party obtained no strong power position in the new political arrangement despite winning a plurality in the March elections.

Tags: Contracting , KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 12:55pm EST
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