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6:28 am, May 22, 2015

Acquisition News

Senator bashes SBA and challenges its small business contract numbers

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's letter to the Small Business Administration's administrator comes down hard on the federal contracting process and demands to see the scorecard for the percent of contracts going toward legally-designated small businesses.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 05:03pm EDT

House to VA employees: Your mess-ups will live forever

Under the Ensuring VA Accountability Act, reprimands and admonishments that VA employees receive for misconduct would remain part of their permanent record for as long as they work for the department.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 02:17pm EDT

DoD leader raises an eyebrow over proposed acquisition reforms

Pentagon has concerns with Senate legislation requiring more acquisition authority for military service chiefs and House provision dictating new career paths for uniformed acquisition personnel.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Content marketing in business to government

Business development and capture guru Carl Dickson discusses how contractors can improve their content marketing and business development efforts.
May 18, 2015

Monday - 05/18/2015, 08:05pm EDT
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Navy: A glutton for RFP punishment

The Department of the Navy plans to release the first of two requests for information this summer for the follow-on to NGEN, which could be worth $3.5 billion over five years.

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:29am EDT

TSA, HHS speed up move to cyber dashboards

Is patience running short among agencies over the Homeland Security Department's continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program?

Monday - 05/18/2015, 04:16am EDT

The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
May 15, 2015

Friday - 05/15/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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Senate panel votes to overhaul military retirement, to cut headquarters spending

The Senate Armed Service Committee's version of the annual Defense authorization bill would revamp military retirement, order DoD to reduce its headquarters and sidesteps sequestration by using the Pentagon's overseas contingency accounts.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:23am EDT
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Official: VA improperly spends $5 billion a year on health

Senior official says VA wastes billions on improper purchases of drugs, medical supplies

Friday - 05/15/2015, 01:10am EDT

FITARA: Big deal or big snooze?

Commentary: The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act has the potential to fundamentally change how IT is bought and used in government, says former DHS human capital exec Jeff Neal.

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 04:37am EDT

Supply chain risk management & cybersecurity

Emile Monette, senior advisor for Resilience and Cybersecurity at the General Services Administration, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how to make the acquisition process safer and more effective.
May 12, 2015

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 08:41pm EDT
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SEWP is on!

Joanne Woytek, program manager of the NASA SEWP program, joins host Mark Amtower to talk about SEWP V.
May 11, 2015

Monday - 05/11/2015, 09:37pm EDT
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Vendors call GSA's estimates for data reporting rule 'irrational'

Contractor associations are raising red flags over the General Services Administration's proposed rule for vendors to report 11 transactional data elements. And they are using data and expertise to make their case.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 05:27am EDT

DoD ready for first 'skunk works' streamlined acquisition project

Over the past two years, the Pentagon has been looking to prove that some of its acquisition programs don't need to go through every single step of the department's slow and byzantine process. DoD finally has identified its first test case, and is looking for more.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:11am EDT

Bob Lohfeld, CEO, Lohfeld Consulting Group

Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is setting limits for when to use lowest price/technically acceptable procurement strategies. He says there are only four conditions when LPTA is appropriate to use. Bob Lohfeld is CEO of the Lohfeld Consulting Group, former chaiman of ACT-IAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the new limits may be a sign DoD is trying to phase out LPTA.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:13pm EDT
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Van Hitch, Senior Adviser, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The Office of Management and Budget released its draft guidance for agency compliance with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act last week. FITARA gives federal CIOs greater budgetary responsibility, and a larger say in IT decisions. OMB's draft guidance attempts to help agencies navigate these new waters. Van Hitch is a senior adviser at Deloitte Consulting, and a former Justice Department CIO. As part of the Partnership for Public Service's SAGE Program, he was part of a team of former government officials who volunteered their time to review and comment on these draft guidelines at the request of OMB. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain what else is in it.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 09:25am EDT
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An update on GSA's transactional data reporting rule

Brian Miller, managing director in the Disputes and Investigations Practice at Navigant will give us his thoughts on GSA's transactional data reporting rule.
May 5, 2015

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 07:36pm EDT
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Michael Fischetti, Executive Director, NCMA

Three major actions in the acquisition pipeline are good signs for change that will serve the government better. Mike Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. He's writing about all three under the title "Change is happening, and in the right way." On In Depth with Francis Rose, Mike explained why he thinks he has to point out that the news on acquisition isn't all bad.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 04:52pm EDT
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Marketing to the federal government

Lisa Dezzutti and Monica Mayk of Market Connections join host Mark Amtower to discuss the top challenges that contractors face in marketing to the federal government, and how shrinking budgets are impacting marketing.
May 4, 2015

Monday - 05/04/2015, 06:03pm EDT
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Bill Woods, Acquisition & Sourcing Management Issues Director, GAO

The Defense Department competes about 60 percent of its contracts and task orders. DoD says the main reason it won't compete a contract is because only one company shows up to the bargaining table. Bill Woods is director of acquisition and sourcing management issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he tracked DoD's contract history to see if it's leaving money on the table.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 04:26pm EDT
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