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 Procurement policy

  1. U.S. Army Spc. Cyrus Haines types air traffic notes onto a laptop at Camp Taji, Iraq. Staff Sgt Quinton Russ

    Microsoft licensing agreement pioneers new concept

    Only two such JELAs are in place, but the strategy shows early success.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  2. Amanda R. Simpson, executive director of the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, expects to have 25 projects underway within the next year. Thirteen already are. Alan Lessig/Staff

    Army ramping up renewable energy program

    The Army's Office of Energy Initiatives, launching Oct. 1, is an evolution and enhancement of the current Energy Initiatives Task Force.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  3. The Smithsonian Institution is seeking volunteers to transcribe handwritten documents. KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    Smithsonian crowd-sources transcription services

    Volunteers can help turn thousands of handwritten documents into searchable records.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  4. The SBIRS GEO-1 satellite. Lockheed Martin

    DoD satellite procurement critiqued

    Non-recurring engineering costs billions that could be saved, general says.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  5. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James testify before the House Armed Services Committee in March. A new strategy document emphasizes better relations with Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Industry, Congress loom large in Air Force plan

    New strategic plan also calls for increased flexibility in acquisitions.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  6. Marillyn Hewson is chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin. Defense News files

    How Lockheed Martin plans to compete against Google and Amazon

    CEO Marillyn Hewson describes her priorities.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  7. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced the meeting of the small-business contracting goal on Aug. 1. T.J. Kirkpatrick / Getty Images

    Streak broken: Government finally meets small-business goal

    While totals met the overall target for the first time since 2005, agencies still fell short on contracting with businesses in some categories.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  8. President Obama signed an executive order restricting contracts for contractors that break labor laws. Getty Images

    Obama to crack down on contractor labor law violations

    Executive order goes into effect in two years, seeks to bring more transparency to contracting.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  9. An Air National Guardsman, uses a handheld portable transceiver device to view targeting data during a training exercise. SSgt Jorge Intriago / U.S. Army

    NGA's online exchange facilitates fast acquisition

    GSM seeks to shortcut conventional procurement.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  10. President Obama has issued an executive order forbidding discrimination against GLBT contractor employees. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Obama signs order banning discrimination of LGBT contractors

    The executive action came after a bill that had a similar goal stalled in the House.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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