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Acquisition quiz: True or False?

If you keep hearing the same thing over and over, is it true? Take certain federal procurement axioms: virtually every procurement nowadays is protested, contracting officers are not allowed to talk to potential bidders, there are too many contracting vehicles out there. Federal News Radio set out to explore these refrains, with the help of two procurement experts.

Wednesday - 10/15/2014, 02:50am EDT

Is it time for fresh procurement reform or just a rereading of existing law?

Few activities have vexed the federal complex of Congress, agency managers, overseers and regulation-writers over the decades more than procurement. Buying things, so simple to individuals, is a highly legalized and regulated process in government. Federal News Radio's special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, will look back at the past 20 years of acquisition laws enacted to gauge their impact, and look ahead to short- and long-term changes that need to happen today to make a difference in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday - 10/14/2014, 04:13am EDT

Agencies get 2017 deadline to move to new procurement ID standard

The Federal Acquisition Regulations Council issued a final rule Monday detailing the timeframe and steps agencies must take to begin using the Procurement Instrument Identification (PIID) numbering system. The PIID only is for new contracting actions after the effective date.

Monday - 10/13/2014, 01:35pm EDT

Rob Burton, Partner, Venable

Data will play a key role in the future of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The new OFPP administrator, Anne Rung, is about one month into her new job as leader of the agency. She says a data-centric approach will help OFPP better meet its mission of buying smarter, buying less and improving the acquisition workforce. Rob Burton is a federal procurement attorney and former deputy OFPP administrator. He joined Francis Rose on In Depth to look ahead to Rung's goals for the next two years.

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:45pm EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Senate has confirmed Anne Rung on a voice vote as the next administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The office has gone since January without a confirmed leader. Yet the administration has a number of procurement reforms in the oven. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with analysis of what Rung faces as she tries to improve the federal acquisition environment.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 09:26am EDT
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Anne Rung confirmed as OFPP administrator

The Senate approved Anne Rung's nomination by voice vote. Procurement experts say improving the acquisition workforce and addressing concerns with strategic sourcing are among her top priorities.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Additional tools are good, but contracting officers need OFPP cover

As part of its effort to bring innovation into the federal procurement process, especially around technology, the White House added another tool to the toolbox to help change the federal culture. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature. Read more from this edition of Jason's Notebook.

Monday - 08/25/2014, 04:58am EDT

Contract performance reporting improves, but not good enough

Although agency compliance with evaluating and reporting on contractor performance has improved 17 percent overall in the past year, the majority of agencies have not met the targets set by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, according to a new audit by the Government Accountability Office.

Monday - 08/11/2014, 05:14pm EDT

Contractor ethics rules too reactive, compliance focused, experts say

Improving acquisition compliance and ethics may involve less rulemaking and more culture shaping according to panelists at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress conference. At the conference, agency leaders discussed the need to streamline and pursue innovative approaches to federal acquisition policies.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Senate committee approves Rung for OFPP administrator

President Barack Obama's nominee Anne Rung takes another step forward in becoming administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 12:05pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Category management launches five pilots; more vendor past performance data

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz about the IT and acquisition communities.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:51pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Senators say the Office of Federal Procurement Policy needs an attitude adjustment. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members are seeking reassurance from President Barack Obama's pick to lead OFPP that she would help deliver that change. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with details on Anne Rung's confirmation hearing. Read Jason's related article.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 10:25am EDT
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Senators back OFPP nominee, lambast OMB over communication breakdowns

Anne Rung, President Obama's nominee to lead the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, detailed her three major priorities should the Senate confirm her. Lawmakers press Rung on improving communication between OMB and Congress, and how best to deal with the multi-sector workforce.

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:04am EDT
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Anne Rung nominated to head OFPP

President Obama has tapped a senior advisor at OMB to be the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Friday - 07/11/2014, 12:17pm EDT

OFPP closing the contracting officer training gap between civilian, DoD

A new memo details about eight major changes to the education and knowledge requirement for civilian agency contracting officers. It calls for more than just training but a deeper knowledge of acquisition roles, responsibilities and how to ensure success.

Friday - 05/16/2014, 04:19am EDT
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GSA's Rung takes first step toward OFPP administrator role

Anne Rung, the associate administrator of the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, is heading to the Office of Management and Budget by the end of May to be a senior adviser.

Wednesday - 05/14/2014, 02:18pm EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: DoD taking own path with cloud security, Treasury's Reger joins OMB

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller explores how DoD is developing its cloud security standards and Treasury is filling a financial management void.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 02:31pm EDT

Agencies setting off into the next data frontier -- procurement

GSA, NASA and NIH are providing agency customers more insight into what they are buying, how they are buying it and what prices they are paying. OFPP plans to launch the Prices Paid Portal later this year. But others say it's not about the data, but the outcomes agencies are trying to achieve.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 04:44am EDT

Q & A with Dan Gordon

Former OFPP Administrator Dan Gordon joins Mark Amtower for a wide ranging discussion of a variety of procurement issues.
March 17, 2014

Monday - 03/17/2014, 06:26pm EDT
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OFPP project management memo doesn't do enough for standardization

Jordon Sims, director of Organization Relations and Programs for the Project Management Institute, contends OFPP needs to look at existing pockets of excellence to raise the level of program and project management across the government.

Friday - 02/28/2014, 03:48am EST
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