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7:44 pm, November 22, 2014

Acquisition News

Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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Bid protests continue to rise as agencies take corrective action more quickly

The Government Accountability Office released its annual report showing vendors submitted 5 percent more protests in 2014 than in 2013. But the overall sustainment rate dropped significantly for the first time in five years.

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 02:30pm EST

Nick Guertin, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy

The Defense Department's Better Buying Power principles are saving the Navy hundreds of millions of dollars. In one instance, the Better Buying Power approach allowed the Navy to acquire three new guided-missile destroyers because it saved a total of $300 million on the entire purchase. Nick Guertin, director of Transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the future of the Navy's acquisition policy and how the BBP strategy will play a role.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:04pm EST
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Navy looks to open architectures, modular systems to build its fleet

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, said his service needs to pivot away from large, proprietary shipbuilding programs, citing the need for more flexible, adaptable platforms.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 01:08pm EST
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Tim Sullivan, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

A subcontractor has to protect its own interest and read the fine print. If not, a company could be exposed to a minefield of problems with the prime. Tim Sullivan is a veteran of the contracting world and writer of the blog, "10 Myths of Government Contracting." In this installment, Sullivan joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to tackle myth number five: Not to worry, my prime contractor will tell me what should be in our subcontract.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 09:35am EST
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What's it like in the GWAC world?

NASA SEWP Program Manager Joanne Woytek and Rob Coen, acting director the NIH's GWAC program will discuss a wide range of issues including interagency contracting and strategic sourcing.
November 18, 2014

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 09:19pm EST
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IG Report: Better acquisition monitoring needed at DHS

In his review of the Department of Homeland Security, the DHS inspector general says the agency needs better monitoring of catching duplicative programs and acquisition. An independent auditor also outlines some flaws at DHS.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 11:30am EST

Contracting Myth No. 5: My prime contractor will tell me what clauses should be in my subcontract

A prime contractor has its interests to protect as does a subcontractor. The interests of the two parties are going to overlap a great deal, but they are never going to be identical, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 03:49am EST

The Big Data-Driven Business

Author Sean Callahan joins host Mark Amtower to talk about his book: "The Big Data-Driven Business".
November 17, 2014

Monday - 11/17/2014, 08:33pm EST
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Dump DUNS? Maybe it's starting

The Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation will change the way it provides public feeds of procurement data on Nov. 21. The General Services Administration, which runs FPDS-NG, said the public ATOM feeds will be updated by masking select data elements, specifically company's DUNS number.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:57am EST

VA's two-step toward a new patient scheduling system

VA will release by Nov. 21 a request for proposals for a new commercial scheduling system and integration services for that scheduling software with its VISTA health IT system.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:15am EST

Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, Director, DCMA

The Defense Contract Management Agency has about 12,000 civilian and military employees who interact with more than 20,000 contractors and handle more than $220 billion for the Defense Department. Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, director of DCMA, is receiving an award at the GovCon Award ceremony for her role in building business partnerships between the public and private sector. She told In Depth with Francis Rose about the partnerships she helped oversee.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:20pm EST
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SBA proposed size standard change riles small IT resellers

The Small Business Administration received more than 200 comments about a proposed rule to eliminate the exception to how IT value-added resellers are classified as small contractors. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of the Small Business Committee, wrote a letter to SBA asking for the rule to be retracted and improved.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 04:03am EST
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An "under the hood" look at procurement

Tom Sisti, chief legislative counsel at SAP will discuss procurement reform and the challenges facing the procurement system.
November 11, 2014

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 06:01pm EST
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Government Contracting Myth No. 4: It's better to be a subcontractor because primes are too exposed

Every contract presents risk, but a smart subcontractor realizes this and takes careful and prudent steps to mitigate that risk, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan. This column is the latest in the series, 10 Myths of Government Contracting.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 02:50am EST

Cooperative purchasing agreements: How can they benefit you?

Consultant Harold Good and immixGrop co-founder and Senior Vice President Steve Charles give us their take on cooperative purchasing agreements.
November 10, 2014

Monday - 11/10/2014, 08:15pm EST
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Military Sealift Command moving out of D.C., but most of its employee probably won't

Navy has issued an instruction giving the Military Sealift Command the OK for its proposal to move its headquarters from the Washington Navy Yard to Norfolk, Va.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:02am EST

GSA seeks help to improve back-end management of NS2020 program

The General Services Administration released an RFI seeking industry input on how best to improve the "management and operations functions that include ordering, billing, inventory and service level agreements management" and "pricing concepts."

Friday - 11/07/2014, 11:33am EST

Pentagon pushes data transparency to get better deals

DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it's bought before.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:32am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department says it's having success with a new data transparency effort that's designed to drive better business deals on sole-source contracts. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the initiative is designed to track all of its business arrangements with a certain vendor, so individual contracting officers can learn from past deals.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 05:00pm EST
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