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GSA's new contracting policy tackles IG's concerns about management interference

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe tried to balance the need for management oversight with contracting officer autonomy. But some in industry worry that the new memo does nothing more than add more paperwork to a broken process.

Tags: acquisition , GSA , Tom Sharpe , industry , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Richard Levi , oversight , management , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 04:15am EDT
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Evan Croen, Bloomberg Government

It's that time of year again, when Bloomberg Government ranks the top 200 federal contractors. Which ones made it through 2013's ups and downs intact? Which ones thrived? Evan Croen, director of government sales research with Bloomberg Government, explained the 2013 contracting environment to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Evan Croen , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp , industry

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 10:36am EDT
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Belva Martin, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues, GAO

The Defense Department issues far more sole source contracts than any other agency. Full and open competition is supposed to be the holy grail of awarding Federal contracts. Figuring out when sole source contracts are OK and when they're not is drawing attention from Congress. Belva Martin, director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues at the Government Accountability Office, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a new report that says little competition isn't always a good thing.

Tags: Belva Martin , DoD , GAO , sole source , In Depth ,

Monday - 04/21/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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Trends in Big MACs

Bloomberg Government analyst Brian Friel will talk about last year's largest multiple award contracts and trends in contract usage for big Macs.
April 22, 2014

Tags: acquistion , Multiple award contracts , GSA schedules , OASIS , Brian Friel , Bloomberg Government , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 06:38pm EDT
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Va. defense contractor pays $1.1M to clear name

Computer Sciences Corporation agreed topay $1.1 million to resolve the allegations that the company submitted to false resumes to qualify for higher paying positions.

Tags: Crime of the Week , CSC , Ciera Crawford , industry

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 03:39pm EDT

The state of the national security market

David Ramirez, general manager of the Federal Solutions business unit at the L-3 National Security Solutions group, will discuss innovation and what agencies are looking for in terms of services and technologies.
April 15, 2014

Tags: acquisition , federal market , David Ramirez , L3 National Security Solutions , IDIQs , procurement , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 07:31pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

"Efficiency and Effectiveness" we hear that phrase all the time in government. At the Defense Department, it's taking on a new meaning. DoD can no longer spend more of its time worrying about the effectiveness of its acquisition programs at the expense of efficiency. Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller explained to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how DoD is addressing its long muted focus on efficient buying. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Jason Miller , DoD , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:32am EDT
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Guy Timberlake, American Small Business Coalition

Defense Department contracting officials are under orders now to double check prices on the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Schedule. DoD says the GSA Schedule doesn't always have the best price possible. Guy Timberlake, chief visionary and chief executive officer at the American Small Business Coalition, writes about it in this week's Gov-Con newsletter. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose "one size fits all" may not apply to your agency's contracting policy.

Tags: Guy Timberlake , American Small Business Coalition , DoD , In Depth

Monday - 04/14/2014, 06:12pm EDT
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DoD's latest efficiency push revolves around service contracting

A group of functional domain experts are reaching out to the military services and agencies to look at service contracting spending across 12 areas. The Defense Department's goal is to use strategic sourcing to improve how it buys in these categories. The Army created a governance board to bring together all stakeholders during specific points of the acquisition process to find opportunities to collaborate.

Tags: acquisition , DoD , Dick Ginman , Army , Coalition for Government Procurement , Jeff Koses , GSA , Jason Miller , Harry Hallock

Friday - 04/11/2014, 04:25am EDT

Federal Student Aid shifting toward a customer-centric approach to IT

Jerry Williams, the CIO of FSA, said he's reorganizing his office to establish customer service representatives to help the mission areas use IT more successfully.
April 10, 2014

Tags: technology , Jerry Williams , Federal Student Aid , education , Dell Federal , virtual data center , ITIL , COBIT , IT management , customer service , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 01:54pm EDT
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