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Suspension, debarment numbers don't tell full story

Despite mounting pressure from certain quarters of the government and Congress to more aggressively suspend and debar irresponsible contractors, some agencies only rarely, if ever, do so. Rob Burton, the former acting administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said data on suspensions and debarments isn't always an apples-to-apples comparison.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Acquisition , acquisition policy , Suspension and debarment , Rob Burton , Venable law firm , Industry , Contracting , Industry Chatter , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jack Moore

Thursday - 06/14/2012, 09:32pm EDT
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Industry seeks tweaks to DoD Better Buying Power

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is promising a Better Buying Power 2.0, an revision to earlier reforms. That's good news to many in the defense industry, who hope the changes provide more nuanced guidance as opposed to strict blanket policies to agency contracting officers. Stan Soloway, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, In Depth with Francis Rosethe time is ripe for an update.

Tags: Acquisition , acquisition policy , Industry , PSC , In Depth , Francis Rose , Stan Soloway , Jack Moore

Friday - 10/05/2012, 04:03pm EDT

Iron Mountain's Sue Trombley on updating federal records management

The Obama administration has laid out an ambitious roadmap for agencies to phase out the use of paper records by 2020 in favor of managing nearly all records electronically. Sue Trombley, the director of consulting for Iron Mountain, joins Industry Chatter to discuss the ways the private sector can help agencies build on the government's guidance.

Tags: Industry , Industry Chatter , records management , Sue Trombley , Iron Mountain , Francis Rose , In Depth

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 04:51pm EDT
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Acquisition executives figuring out how to deal with budget woes

A Federal News Radio exclusive survey of chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives showed most are not preparing for budget cuts or sequestration. These acquisition executives also say they are protecting money for training acquisition workers. OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan said his office is helping agencies make better decisions about how and where to spend money.

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Industry , Joe Jordan , In Depth with Francis Rose , Mythbusters , bid protest , Suspension and debarment , Chief Acquisition Officer , OFPP , acquisition workforce training , budget , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 06:00am EDT
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VA awards contract for mobile device management, apps store

Procurement will start with management of 5,000 mobile devices, plus app stores for consumers inside and outside of VA. The agency awarded a three-year, $9.3 million deal to Longview International Technology Solutions to build and manage the technology in the cloud.

Tags: technology , VA , Longview International Technology Solutions , Agilex Technologies , mobile computing , BYOD , Roger Baker , Jared Serbu , Contracting , Industry

Wednesday - 10/03/2012, 05:00am EDT

White House testing approach called for in draft cyber order

The Energy and Homeland Security departments are working with companies in the electricity sector to come up with a baseline set of cybersecurity standards. Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the framework is making a difference in how owners and operators secure their networks. But Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said without liability protections expansion of these efforts isn't likely.

Tags: technology , Industry , cybersecurity , INSA , Michael Daniel , White House , DHS , DoD , defense industrial base companies , Terry Roberts , Mike Rogers , House Intelligence Committee , Information sharing , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 05:33am EDT

Pentagon struggles to secure a supply chain it no longer dominates

Congress has told the Pentagon to stem the tide of suspected counterfeit parts that ultimately end up in military technology systems. First though, DoD has to come to grips with the fact that it can't simply mandate change to an industrial base it once controlled.

Tags: technology , DoD , Brett Lambert , Melissa Hathaway , Potomac Institute , cybersecurity , Supply chain management , Industry , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 06:00am EDT
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Alcatel-Lucent agrees to pay $4.2M to settle fraud claims

Federal prosecutors said the company submitted misleading test certificates concerning the design and construction of a 911 emergency response system in Iraq.

Tags: Alcatel-Lucent , DoD , DoD Report , Federal Drive , Iraq , Justice Department , fraud , Industry

Monday - 09/24/2012, 09:00am EDT

Brocade's Anthony Robbins on the government's big data challenge

Anthony Robbins, vice president of federal for Brocade, joins Industry Chatter, to discuss the big data challenge for federal agencies.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Industry Chatter , Anthony Robbins , Brocade , technology , Industry , big data

Friday - 09/21/2012, 03:29pm EDT
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