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Congress amps up Federal Acquisition Institute's horsepower

As part of the Defense Authorization bill, lawmakers approve the FAI Improvement Act. The provision reaffirms the organization's role to oversee and train the civilian acquisition workforce. It also gives OFPP more oversight over the funding and development of procurement education.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , Dan Gordon , Susan Collins , Gerry Connolly , Congress , Federal Acquisition Institute Improvement Act , Federal Acquisition Institute , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , Stan Livingstone , ASI Government , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Service Committee , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , 2012 Defense Authorization bill , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:01am EST
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DoD plans more formalized training for financial managers

The Pentagon has standardized, course-based training and certification programs for its acquisition workforce. DoD's CFO wants comparable standards for the department's financial management community.

Tags: Defense , Robert Hale , On DoD , Jared Serbu , Auditability , financial management , GAO , Marines Corps , Navy , workforce , DAU ,

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 08:30am EST
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Rep. Lankford says training will ease acquisition workforce transition

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform said agencies need to do more to train new employees to make the best decisions. Lankford said the turnover in the workforce and the lack of consistent training for the new employees is a major concern for the subcommittee.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , James Lankford , OFPP , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Federal Acquisition Institute , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 07:29pm EDT
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More federal contracts protested in 2008

GAO report to Congress shows a 17 percent increase over last year.

Tags: William Shook , contracting , bid protest , GAO , JM , K&L Gates , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Tuesday - 12/30/2008, 07:41pm EST

Management Trends and Approaches

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Scott Blanchard
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May 18th, 2009

Tags: contracting , mngt , Betsy Myers , Scott Blanchard , Ken Blanchard , management practices

Monday - 05/18/2009, 11:59am EDT

GSA seeks to green all that it touches

Acting administrator Prouty promises the agency will lead the nation in how they use environmentally friendly products and services. Prouty says he wants to add funding in 2011 for research and development for green products and other things. GSA's schedules received a lift in 2009 because of Recovery Act and the excitement over energy saving products and services.

Tags: contracting , management , Paul Prouty , Steve Kempf , GSA , FAS , FAI , DAU , VA , Coalition for Government Procurement , Acquisition management , schedules , Assisted acquisition services , green IT , Recovery Act ,

Wednesday - 11/04/2009, 08:10pm EST
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OPM's Berry deals out first set of civil service reform suggestions

Now the agency wants to hear from others about these ideas and their own recommendations on how to fix federal HR processes. Director Berry offers to get rid of the GS system, expand who can receive bonuses and bolster training.

Tags: P&B , mngt , John Berry , OPM , DoD , Syracuse Maxwell School , human resources , hiring , recruiting , SES , bonuses , GS-System

Tuesday - 11/03/2009, 06:28am EST
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More federal contracts protested in 2008

GAO report to Congress shows a 17 percent increase over last year.

Tags: William Shook , contracting , bid protest , GAO , JM , K&L Gates , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Tuesday - 12/30/2008, 07:41pm EST

VA solving acquisition workforce shortage

Acquisition Academy training current and future contracting professionals. The school is open to VA and other civilian agency acquisition workers. VA to add facilities management to curriculum in 2011.

Tags: contracting , Lisa Doyle , Dan Gordon , VA , OFPP , OMB , Federal Acquisition Institute , acquisition workforce , internship , Management of Change , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 05/26/2010, 06:42pm EDT
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New policies on the way to better secure House lawmakers' computers

The requirements will focus on training all members and their staffs. Chief administrative officer also recommends scanning mobile devices before and after overseas trips, as well as stronger encryption for wireless hardware.

Tags: technology , management , Jeff Ventura , Daniel Beard , Nancy Pelosi , John Boehner , House Office of the Chief Administrative Officer , House Committee on Administration , cybersecurity ,

Wednesday - 12/30/2009, 07:35am EST
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