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VA forming cadre of specially-trained acquisition workers

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, said his office will launch the acquisition corps and program management framework in the coming months to further professionalize the agency's acquisition workforce. A Federal News Radio survey of chief acquisition officers and other senior acquisition managers says workforce training and retention remain among their biggest priorities and challenges.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , workforce , Ford Heard , Veterans Affairs , training , program management , suspension and debarment , T4 , CXO Surveys , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Protests force GSA to suspend governmentwide use of Office Supplies 2 contract

Eleven vendors submitted protests to GAO over GSA's desire to extend the OS2 contract another six months. The contractors say GSA's extension would violate the Small Business Jobs Act because they didn't do a contract consolidation impact assessment.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , GAO , bid protest , Roger Waldron , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/05/2014, 03:49am EDT

Congress joins the fray as protests mount over strategic sourcing

Reps. Grace Meng and Tim Walberg introduce a provision in the Defense authorization bill to require GAO to study the impact of strategic sourcing on small businesses. GSA also is facing more than two dozen protests over its current and future office supplies contracts and now OASIS.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , Congress , Grace Meng , Tim Walberg , Sam Graves , House Small Business Committee , GAO , bid protests , GSA , Office Supplies 3 , OASIS , Sam Bornstein , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/03/2014, 01:29pm EDT

Treasury CIO brings rest of agency around on shared services

Robyn East, Treasury's chief information officer, said users previously were not excited to move to an enterprise content management system, but a better understanding of the value of shared services has helped them come around.

Tags: technology , Treasury Department , Robyn East , shared services , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 10:06am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: The funny side of strategic sourcing; NSTIC turns 3

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities. GSA and SBA continue their ongoing quarrel over the Office Supplies 3 contract, and April marks the three-year anniversary of NSTIC's release.

Tags: Inside the Reporters Notebook , IT , acquisition , GSA , SBA , NSTIC , cybersecurity , cloud computing , FedRAMP , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/28/2014, 04:00am EDT

SBA finds fault with GSA's strategic sourcing analysis for office supplies

SBA said GSA's impact analysis failed on two main accounts. SBA said it disagreed on GSA's claim that OS3 is a follow-on contract to OS2 and therefore is not a consolidation of contract requirements subject to the provisions of the Small Business Act. SBA also said GSA's argument that it is "contrary to law" to provide an economic analysis on the consequences of small business on a consolidated contract is wrong.

Tags: acquisition , industry , contracting , GAO , SBA , GSA , Office Supplies 3 , Sam Graves , House Small Business Committee , Tony Franco , Sam Bornstein , Jason Miller

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:30pm EDT

A procurement potpourri

Carolyn Alston, executive vice president and general counsel for the Coalition for Government Procurement will talk about the top procurement issues in the federal market.
March 25, 2014

Tags: acquisition , contracting , procurement , GSA , multiple award contracting , contract duplication , innovation , Price Reduction Clause , bid protests , Carolyn Alston , Coalition for Government Procurement , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 03/25/2014, 09:04pm EDT
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An update on GSA's Integrated Technology Service

Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for GSA's Integrated Technology Service and Mark Day, ITS assistant deputy commissioner, will talk about the agency's priorities for this year.
March 4, 2014

Tags: acquisition , technology , innovation , GSA , Integrated Technology Service , Mary Davie , Mark Day , NS2020 , GSA schedules , cloud computing , SmartBUY , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 10:04pm EST
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Commerce reaps savings through collaborative strategic-sourcing effort

The chief information and chief technology offices at the Commerce Department have generated more than $200 million in savings by taking a collaborative approach to purchasing IT and cybersecurity products.

Tags: Simon Szykman , Commerce , A New Era in Technology , IT acquisition , cybersecurity , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 01:39pm EST
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GSA releases RFP for round 3 of office supplies strategic sourcing contract

GSA expects to make as many as 21 awards under the contract, which is estimated to be worth $1.25 billion over five years.

Tags: contracting , acquisition , GSA , industry , Jason Miller , office supplies , Inside the Reporters Notebook

Friday - 01/31/2014, 05:36pm EST
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