Acquisition

Improved Pentagon acquisition requires tolerance of risk

Overhauling the defense acquisition process is a national security imperative in tight budget times, argues a consultant and former Marine major general.

People

Chief acquisition officer leaves GSA for White House

Anne Rung replaces Joe Jordan as administrator of OMB’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

Acquisition

What McCaskill is missing about past performance data

A punishment-only approach is bad psychology and bad management, even if it may be good politics.

Acquisition

FITARA to get another look in the House

The IT acquisition overhaul bill the House will vote on Tuesday includes a few changes from the version included in the House-passed defense policy measure last year.

Workforce

Initiative aims to find and fix federal inefficiencies

Legislation would create a Government Transformation Board empowered to impose its will on recalcitrant agencies.

Acquisition

Coburn to cut short his Senate term

The Oklahoma Republican and federal spending critic says he will retire in early 2015.

People

Former DOD official to lead industrial base review

One of Brett Lambert’s duties at the Pentagon was to lead efforts to improve communication between the department and the defense industrial base.

IT Modernization

Chenok and Kamensky: Looking at the big picture

Two executives from the IBM Center for the Business of Government identify seven significant changes to watch for in the coming months.

Workforce

Report: Administration mulls new federal IT unit

Among the more radical changes under consideration is creation of a one-stop tech shop to work on high profile public-facing websites.

Acquisition

IT agenda teed up for 2014

Three key issues – acquisition, China sourcing and surveillance are likely to dominate the IT landscape in Congress.

Acquisition

Conflicting contractor caps in budget, defense bill

Just because the president is likely to get the budget first is no guarantee he will sign it first – and the order is everything.

Acquisition

Beyond better buying power: DOD acquisition reform needs a boost

A key finding of a new study: Competition can prod incumbents to perform well and incentivize others to come in and produce better solutions.

Acquisition

FITARA proposed as part of Senate defense package

Move could fast-track IT procurement reform, as the House added its version to the defense authorization bill in June.

Acquisition

Can IT procurement be saved?

The problems with large federal IT projects are deep, broad and mostly immune to quick fixes. So what's to be done?

Workforce

President puts IT procurement in the spotlight

Best practices, clear lines of authority would have saved HealthCare.gov, say former officials -- and most reforms could be made under current law.

Workforce

9 keys to avoiding another HealthCare.gov

Testimony from GAO's Powner on best practices for IT spending.

Acquisition

Contractors like late date for NASA SEWP

Federal IT suppliers swamped with end-of-the-fiscal-year purchase orders take some solace in the timing of one of the largest government-wide acquisition contracts.

Acquisition

Contracting rules at cross-purposes

Agencies are trying to cope with competing acquisition priorities stemming from rules and financial constraints, causing some experts to remember an earlier era of procurement before major reforms.

Workforce

A toxic work environment threatens acquisition personnel gains

Agencies have made progress in hiring talented acquisition professionals, but unreasonable scrutiny from all sides is encouraging risk avoidance and stifling innovation, according to the Procurement Round Table.

Workforce

Memo on CAOs addresses weaknesses

Despite years of effort, agencies are still not using the chief acquisition officer role well, according to an audit. The head of the government's procurement policy agency seeks to change that.

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