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CAO Council News

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.

Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Online Chat: VA Deputy Senior Procurement Executive Ford Heard

Ford Heard, the Veterans Affairs Department's associate deputy assistant secretary for Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight, joins Federal News Radio for an online chat on June 30.

Monday - 06/30/2014, 02:53am EDT

Agency CAOs fear budget woes put workforce at risk

Many contracting reform efforts over the past few years have focused on building up the federal acquisition workforce. Now, faced with near-crippling budget uncertainty, agency acquisition officials are worried the progress of the past few years could stall. Nick Nayak, chief procurement officer at the Homeland Security Department, discusses Federal News Radio's exclusive survey of chief acquisition officers on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 08:24pm EDT
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Agencies must better define roles of acquisition leaders

OFPP gives agencies until Jan. 15 to update the responsibilities of their chief acquisition officer and senior procurement executive.

Monday - 10/29/2012, 01:12pm EDT

Multiple roles more help than hindrance, say agency CAOs

The Government Accountability Office looked at how agencies were complying with the Services Acquisitions Reform Act of 2003. It discovered that while many chief acquisition officers had assumed duties far beyond what the act intended, that might not be such a bad thing.

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 12:55pm EDT
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Survey: Who are the acquisition rockstars?

Federal News Radio wants to know who you think are the biggest movers and shakers in the federal community. Take our survey today.

Thursday - 05/24/2012, 01:27pm EDT

Acquisition workforce, contract management top CAO priorities

Improving contract management and workforce development and training the most important areas federal chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives are focusing on in 2012.

Tuesday - 01/10/2012, 09:03am EST
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OFPP Administrator Daniel Gordon leaving

The administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy will join the George Washington University Law School as an associate dean. Gordon spent two years at OFPP working on a variety of issues from improving the workforce to reducing the use of high risk contracts to advocating for more collaboration between industry and government.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 12:26pm EDT

OFPP boosts requirements for contracting reps

A new memo details three classifications for the new contracting officer's representative position, which replaces the contracting officer's technical representatives as of Jan. 1. The goal is to improve acquisition oversight, especially of high risk contracts.

Friday - 09/16/2011, 12:12pm EDT

OMB: Agencies to speed pay to small contractors

The Office of Management and Budget has issued new guidance to agencies that would accelerate payments to small-business contractors. OMB Director Jacob Lew directed Executive Branch agencies to cut the payment processing time from 30 days to 15 days.

Thursday - 09/15/2011, 08:48am EDT

OFPP to issue final guidance on 'inherently governmental'

The new policy letter will lay out eight changes to how agencies previously defined and managed inherently governmental work. Among the changes are a new list of jobs that must be done by federal employees and a checklist to determine which jobs are inherently government and which are closely associated or critical functions.

Friday - 09/09/2011, 12:34pm EDT
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GAO: Acquisition planning must include cost estimates, best practices

The top four civilian agencies can do a better job in the planning stages for service contracts, according to a new Government Accountability Office.

Tuesday - 08/09/2011, 05:07pm EDT
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