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Pentagon pushes data transparency to get better deals

DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it's bought before.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Shay Assad , Contractor Business Analysis Repository , Better Buying Power , data transparency , Coalition for Government Procurement , Jared Serbu , Contracting officers , technology

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:32am EST
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GSA puts more category management pieces in place

Kevin Youel Page is named the new deputy commissioner of FAS, replacing Bill Sisk, who shifted to an assistant commissioner position. GSA also publicly unveils the first three hallways under category management.

Tags: acquisition , GSA , Dan Tangherlini , Jeff Koses , NCMA , Kevin Youel Page , Bill Sisk , Common Acquisition Platform , workforce , training , Jason Miller , Federal Drive

Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:17pm EST
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Takeaways from TechAmerica's Vision conference Civilian style

TechAmerica reports that O&M spending has and will continue to hold steady between 2011 and 2015 ranging from 70 percent to 78 percent of the total IT budget.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , TechAmerica , cybersecurity , cloud computing , software-as-a-service , IT budget , LPTA , Jason Miller , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Monday - 11/03/2014, 04:26am EST

Former Boeing procurement officer, two subcontractors sentenced for kickbacks

Three individuals parties were implicated in a bribery/kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts.

Tags: Ciera Crawford , Crime of the Week , FBI , Boeing , contracting

Friday - 09/07/2012, 02:41pm EDT

Feds, contractors confused by Ebola guidance

An agency denies a federal contractor access to its facility after learning that he's visited family in West Africa, in one sign of the confusion amid contradictory guidance from the White House, Pentagon and elsewhere.

Tags: Ebola , Stan Soloway , USAID , Professional Services Council , workforce , DoD , AFGE , J. David Cox , Emily Kopp , contracting ,

Thursday - 10/30/2014, 03:04pm EDT

Former Boeing procurement officer, two subcontractors sentenced for kickbacks

Three individuals parties were implicated in a bribery/kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts.

Tags: Ciera Crawford , Crime of the Week , FBI , Boeing , contracting

Friday - 10/31/2014, 10:00am EDT

Rob Burton, partner, Venable

The list of business grievances against the contracting company USIS is growing. The Government Accountability Offices says a five-year, nearly $200 million contract it has with the Homeland Security Department wasn't properly awarded. GAO cites in its decision a recent service history of contracting turbulence as grounds for further review, which includes thousands of incomplete background checks and a massive data breach that affected the Office of Personnel Management. Rob Burton is a partner at Venable law firm. He's also former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. On In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu, he weighed the chances that debarment is in USIS's future.

Tags: Rob Burton , Venable , GAO , USIS , contracting , In Depth

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 04:38pm EDT
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Government Contracting Myth No. 2: We should always protest

A company's reputation is an important part of its success and its reputation could be harmed if it is known as a business that protests everything, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This post is the second in the 10-part series, "10 Myths of Government Contracting."

Tags: acquisition , contracting , best practices , Timothy Sullivan , Thompson Coburn , Public Contracting Institute , contracting myths

Tuesday - 10/28/2014, 05:00am EDT

Former Commerce CIO Szykman lands in the private sector

Simon Szykman is joining Attain as its chief technology officer of the federal services division.

Tags: people , technology , Commerce , Simon Szykman , Attain , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/24/2014, 09:38am EDT

Adele Ratcliff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

The Defense Department wants to maintain its technological advantage in warfare. To do so, it relies on the U.S. industrial base. Next month, DoD will launch a competition to develop a new Institute for Manufacturing. But not just any manufacturing, in this case the work will have to involve photonics. The awardee will receive $110 million to jump start the institute. Adele Ratcliff is director of Manufacturing Technology in DoD's Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the objective of the new institute.

Tags: Adele Ratcliff , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DoD , Institute for Manufacturing ,

Friday - 10/24/2014, 10:05am EDT
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