Tech Solutions for the Changing Acquisition Landscape
November 5, 2012
Federal IT failures often happen when agencies force-fit commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications to meet government needs.
GSA Sending Resources, Expertise to Rescue SAM
October 25, 2012
The General Services Administration is putting some muscle behind its problematic System for Award Management (SAM) program.
GSA Appoints a New Duo to Run SAM
October 22, 2012
After a false start on the System for Award Management (SAM) in August, General Services Administration (GSA) officials have shifted the management of SAM to two of the agency’s top executives.
DoD Places New Restrictions on Conferences
October 9, 2012
The Department of Defense is increasing its oversight of conference spending and heightening the seniority of those involved in the approval process as federal conference-related costs come under greater scrutiny.
Acquisition Executives Figuring Out How to Deal with Budget Woes
October 3, 2012
Agency chief acquisition officers (CAO) are not playing a big role in planning for sequestration or even future budget cuts. An exclusive
Federal News Radio survey of federal CAOs and senior procurement
executives found 57 percent of the respondents said they are not preparing for smaller budget.
GSA Unravels Snag in Digitizing Contract Files
September 25, 2012
The General Services Administration’s efforts to streamline its Multiple Award Schedules program by making all files electronic has had the opposite effect,
causing the agency to backtrack and rethink its intent, according to a new report.
FAR Council Proposes Standardizing Past Performance Evaluations
September 11, 2012
A proposed rule change to the Federal Acquisition Regulation would standardize past performance evaluation factors and rating categories above the
simplified acquisition threshold.
DoD Forgoes Registration Requirements for Contractors - Due to System Bugs
September 10, 2012
Prospective contractors won't have to register online to sell goods and services to the Defense Department, as required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation, because of technical problems with the government's newly launched procurement system; the System for Award Management (SAM).
New release of the BuyAccessible
Wizard (4.0) is now available
GSA Buy Accessible.gov is a wizard that allows you access to resources and tools
to help you meet Section 508 requirements.
Center of Excellence (ACE) for Services
Date not available
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) partnered with
the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI),
federal government agencies, and industry associations and organizations to establish
the Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) for Services required by the Service
Acquisition Reform Act (SARA), section 1431(b). This center forms a flexible collaborative
team with government, industry associations and academia to develop a repository
for services best practices. The team members coordinate research and development
in various service areas that are critical to agency missions and vision.
The Bright Side of Budget Cuts
August 29, 2012
As budget cut fever sweeps the federal government, some Defense Department officials say it could actually lead to better collaboration and improved IT. The fiscal pressures DOD faces can bring about benefits, bringing together the services to share resources and thereby further integrate operations, according to DoD officials who spoke August 28th at the AFCEA Warfighter IT Day in Vienna, VA.
New DoD COR Handbook
March 22, 2012
of Defense Contracting Officer’s Representative Handbook (DoD COR HDBK) has been
published by the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy – OUSD (AT&L),
effective 22 March 2012. This newly published COR handbook provides tips and guidance
for all DoD CORs. To download the handbook click here: http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/cpic/cp/docs/USA001390-12_DoD_COR_Handbook_Signed.pdf
GSA Set to Review Struggling Acquisition Systems Project
March 16, 2012 The General Services Administration's Integrated
Acquisition Environment, and the system under development to replace it, Systems
for Award Management (SAM), have run over-budget and off-track, and now the agency
is preparing to find out why.
Speed of War Sprints Past Speed of Traditional DOD Acquisition
March 9, 2012 This article discusses the overhaul that
is taking place with the military's acquisition process with a catalyst for the
change being the reduced defense and war activity.
Acquisition Rules Set To Go into Effect
March 8, 2012
Federal buying procedures are about to get an update. After a couple of years of
deliberation, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council has finalized three rules
that go into effect on April 2, 2012.
Army Acquisition Reform Is Progressing Despite Naysayers
March 6, 2012
This article discusses the progress the Army is making in regards to acquisition
reform with a focus on the systems, weapons and services.
GSA plan would let agencies buy IT, related services under one contract
February 22, 2012
The General Services Administration will be offering a new way
for agencies to buy combinations of professional services and information technology,
officials have announced.
Career Management News: The Acquisition Implications of the DOD Strategic Guidance
And The FY 2013 Budget
February 9, 2012
Frank Kendall, Acting Undersecretary of Defense (AT&L) discusses
his priorities in relation to the recently released defense strategy. At a speech
at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Kendall said his highest
priority program is the government workforce and having a more capable and qualified
Bill Contains Key Contractor Provisions
December 14, 2011 The latest version of the $662 billion Defense authorization
bill that Congress is set to vote on resolves two controversies affecting contractors
that played out this year.
New Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness
December 8, 2011
Ms. Sue Dryden has been selected as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Defense for Materiel Readiness (DASD(MR)). Ms. Dryden joins the Office of the
Secretary of Defense (OSD) staff from the US Air Force, where she most recently
served as the Deputy Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics,
Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
Acquisitions University (DAU) Training Courses and Schedules
Weekly, DAU posts a list of "low fill" classes. These are course offerings within
the next 60 days that have available seats subject to approval of the individual’s
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