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6:21 am, March 4, 2015

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Acquisition 360 to become 'Yelp' for IT procurements

OFPP Administrator Anne Rung will issue a memo in the coming weeks requiring agencies to rate vendors and for vendors to rate agencies on specific high-dollar IT procurements. Rung said OMB, GSA will hire experts to oversee vendor relationships for IT commodities.

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GSA proposes to change acquisition regulation vendors loathe

A proposed rule issued today would change the Price Reduction Clause that most contractors dislike and causes most of the False Claims Act lawsuits. Vendors have 60 days to offer comments and GSA will hold an industry day April 17.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 03:56am EST

Contracting Commandment 9: Thou shalt be flexible and cooperative

One of the most difficult things to learn is when and where to be flexible in terms of performing a contract, but it's critical if you want to succeed in the long run, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan in a new commentary.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 02:44am EST

Paul Bean, Contract Specialist/Business Adviser, TSA

With tens of thousands of companies doing business with the federal government each year, you'd think it's easy. But in reality, lots of barriers still stand in the way for many companies. "Barrier Busting" is the subject of a special session at today's ACT-IAC conference on acquisition excellence. Paul Bean, a contract specialist and business adviser at the Transportation Security Administration, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive with more on bringing down the walls.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:28am EST
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Frank McNally, Content Developer, ASI Government

Let's face it. People's eyes glaze over if you tell them you're in federal procurement. It's all a boring mass of rules, regulations and bureaucracy. Right? For the upcoming generation of federal procurement people and the companies they deal with, it's pedal to the metal when it comes to acquisition. Case in point: Frank McNally, content developer at ASI government. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive from the ACT-IAC acquisition excellence conference in Washington to explain.

Tuesday - 03/03/2015, 10:20am EST
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All things social

Geoff Livingston, president of Tenacity5 Media will discuss the state of social media with host Mark Amtower.
March 2, 2015

Monday - 03/02/2015, 08:57pm EST
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Van Hitch, Specialist Leader and Senior Adviser, Deloitte Consulting

The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) is now the law of the land. It's a bill designed to shake up the way government buys IT, and now that task is squarely on the shoulders of agency CIOs. Van Hitch, a specialist leader and senior adviser at Deloitte joined Jason Miller on the Federal Drive with more on how they're handling this responsibility.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 09:08am EST
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Coast Guard Commandant lays out budget, acquisition challenges for year ahead

Should an appropriations lapse occur, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said the Coast Guard's workforce, acquisition programs and daily operations would be "adversely affected."

Friday - 02/27/2015, 11:37am EST

How to unleash the full potential of GSA's Federal Supply Schedules

The full potential of the FSS program remains untapped, says Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement. In a new commentary, he offers two key contracting reforms he believes will bring the program into the 21st century.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:24am EST

Steve Krauss, Corporate Development Officer, Censeo Consulting

The Office of Management and Budget has directives on shared services on the desks of agencies across government. But cultural issues may be the big holdup from the government realizing the benefits of shared services. That's according to a new conclusion by the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group. Steve Krauss is corporate development officer at Censeo Consulting Group. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the analysis from the ACT-IAC Acquisition Management shared interest group.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:55pm EST

Bill Hartung, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy

Chairman John McCain of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Pentagon doesn't have a sequestration problem. Instead it has a spending problem. Bill Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and author of the report "Promising the Sky: Pork Barrell Politics and the F-35." On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the F-35 program is the perfect starting point for defense acquisition reform.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 04:16pm EST
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A look at the 2016 defense budget

Bloomberg Government analysts Robert levinson and Cameron Leuthy join host Roger Waldron to to talk about what's in the fiscal year 2016 defense budget.
February 24, 2015

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 07:56pm EST
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Understanding challenges in federal procurement

Contraqer President Scott Keough and CEO Dwight Gibbs join host John Gilroy to discuss the challenges IT companies are having in providing goods and services to the federal government.
February 24, 2015

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 06:56pm EST
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Eighth Commandment: Thou shalt maintain thy contracting integrity

Personal integrity should never be confused with the federal government's insistence that its contractors have codes of conduct. Integrity starts with you, says procurement expert Tim Sullivan.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:00am EST

All things procurement

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss the top procurement issues in 2015, and how they are impacting contractors.
February 23, 2015

Monday - 02/23/2015, 08:54pm EST
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Air Force cancels suspension of FedBid

FedBid and the Air Force came to an agreement to end the reverse auction company's stay from bidding on new contracts. FedBid must implement and maintain a code of business and ethics conduct program and have a third party report on its efforts for a year. Additionally, Ali Saadat, the founder and former CEO of FedBid, resigned on Feb. 5.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 10:26am EST

A race to the bottom: How lowest price, technically acceptable is shortchanging agencies

Agencies are doing themselves a disservice by looking mainly for the lowest bid, says Moe Jafari, the president and CEO of HumanTouch, in a new commentary.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 03:16am EST

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.
February 20, 2015

Friday - 02/20/2015, 06:41pm EST
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GSA, NOAA roar into March with major IT, services RFPs

The General Services Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan to release major IT and services solicitations in the coming month. The draft RFPs are part of the broader effort to change the government's approach to acquisition.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 03:52am EST
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Air Force claims $2 billion in acquisition savings from 'should-cost' management

Over five years, Air Force has beat the independent cost estimates in its acquisition programs by a collective $2 billion, according to the service's assistant secretary for acquisition. Some of the savings have been returned to the Air Force's top line, but acquisition managers have been allowed to plow some of the money back into their own programs.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 10:46am EST
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