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 Acquisition Blog

  1. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. File

    Put the contracting focus on best practices

    Program reductions are part of today's contracting reality. Best practices can help mitigate the effect.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  2. Jennifer Sakole is the principal analyst for Federal Information Solutions at Deltek. Her experience spans 20 years in the federal market in various roles including proposal writer, pricing analyst, marketing manager and account manager. She has been with INPUT and Deltek for over a decade. File

    Not all GWACs hit hard as IT spending declines

    Parsing the winners and losers

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  3. John C. Johnson is a partner at Deep Water Point, and a former GSA official. File

    GSA should remember the shape of water

    In its efforts to develop the contract that will succeed Networx, GSA must make some radical changes to break away from long transitions, high fees.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  4. Former GSA official Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, a director on the Procurement Round Table; host of the WFED radio show 'Off the Shelf,' and the leading contributor to the 'FAR and Beyond' blog. File

    The multiple-award double standard

    Why does DoD have different rules for purchasing through BPAs and Schedules?

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  5. Fischetti

    Why the government can't buy more like a business

    The oft-heard laments about the difficulties of contracting miss some important points.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  6. Jennifer Sakole is the principal analyst for Federal Information Solutions at Deltek. Her experience spans 20 years in the federal market in various roles including proposal writer, pricing analyst, marketing manager and account manager. She has been with INPUT and Deltek for over a decade.

    The new GWAC in town

    An NIH contract currently awaiting OMB approval will replace ECS III.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  7. Former GSA official Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, a director on the Procurement Round Table; host of the WFED radio show 'Off the Shelf,' and the leading contributor to the 'FAR and Beyond' blog.

    GSA needs transparency on strategic sourcing

    Recent testimony is revealing in what it doesn't cover.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  8. Michael P. Fischetti, J.D, CPCM, is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. Previously, he was the acquisition executive and head of contracting activity for the Defense Department's Military Healthcare System. Fischetti has more than 30 years of leadership, operations and policy experience across multiple government, civilian and industry sectors. Jenifer Morris

    'Bridging the Gap' in IT leadership

    How management weaknesses scuttle programs -- and what to do about it.

    • Mar. 17, 2014
  9. Michael P. Fischetti, J.D, CPCM, is executive director of the National Contract Management Association, with membership comprising 115 chapters worldwide. Previously, he was the acquisition executive and head of contracting activity for the Defense Department's Military Healthcare System. Fischetti has more than 30 years of leadership, operations and policy experience across multiple government, civilian and industry sectors.

    Acquisition infrastructure takes a village

    Problems in government contracting today include complex issues of pricing, staffing, and outcomes. Solutions are often arrived at quickly; new legislation or regulation, adopting commercial practices, adding or reducing staff and oversight.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  10. Former GSA official Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, a director on the Procurement Round Table, and host of the WFED radio show 'Off the Shelf,' and the leading contributor to the 'FAR and Beyond' blog.

    The danger in GSA's supplier relationship

    A three-legged stool is an apt description of GSA's government-wide contracting programs. The first leg represents customer agencies, the second leg is GSA and the third leg is GSA's contractor base.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  11. Jennifer Sakole is the principal analyst for Federal Information Solutions at Deltek. Her experience spans 20 years in the federal market in various roles including proposal writer, pricing analyst, marketing manager and account manager. She has been with INPUT and Deltek for over a decade.

    5 key points: Getting the most out of task orders

    Industry heavy-hitters discuss strategies

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  12. Michael Fischetti Jenifer Morris

    A fair and reasonable approach to contract reform

    For all its significance, you would expect to hear it mentioned more often. However, the term 'fair and reasonable' is sprinkled throughout the Federal Acquisition Regulation and dramatically affects government outcomes.

    • Feb. 10, 2014
  13. Michael P. Fischetti, J.D, CPCM, is executive director of the National Contract Management Association, with membership comprising 115 chapters worldwide. Previously, he was the acquisition executive and head of contracting activity for the Defense Department's Military Healthcare System. Fischetti has more than 30 years of leadership, operations and policy experience across multiple government, civilian and industry sectors. Jenifer Morris

    Value engineering: Government contracting's untapped potential

    An obscure term burined in the FAR could reduce the cost of many contracts

    • Feb. 4, 2014
  14. Mary Davie is assistant commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service. Davie oversees the management of more than 7,000 contracts and is responsible for the largest fee-for-service IT procurement and services operation in the U.S. government.

    At GSA, innovation = savings

    Acquisition programs saved agencies more than $1B in 2013.

    • Feb. 3, 2014
  15. Roger Waldron is president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, a director on the Procurement Round Table, and host of the WFED radio show 'Off the Shelf,' as well as the leading contributor to the 'FAR and Beyond' blog.

    The cruicial missing piece in GSA's goals

    Today marks the launch of a new blog focusing on GWACs and GSA. I want to thank Federal Times for the opportunity to expand the dialogue on interagency contracting and in particular GSA's role in our procurement system.

    • Jan. 24, 2014
  16. Michael P. Fischetti, J.D, CPCM, is executive director of the National Contract Management Association, with membership comprising 115 chapters worldwide. Previously, he was the acquisition executive and head of contracting activity for the Defense Department's Military Healthcare System. Fischetti has more than 30 years of leadership, operations and policy experience across multiple government, civilian and industry sectors.

    Don't be a trend-follower

    In government contracting, not every problem is nail. You need a variety of tools.

    • Jan. 24, 2014
  17. Michael P. Fischetti, J.D, CPCM, is executive director of the National Contract Management Association, with membership comprising 115 chapters worldwide. Previously, he was the acquisition executive and head of contracting activity for the Defense Department's Military Healthcare System. Fischetti has more than 30 years of leadership, operations and policy experience across multiple government, civilian and industry sectors.

    The overlooked acquisition problem

    Government property is an important issue that is not getting much attention.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  18. Contractors: How to unearth hidden gems

    Deltek's Jennifer Sakole shares tips for finding obscure contract opportunities

    • Jan. 13, 2014
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