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 Acquisition Blog

  1. Jordon Sims is director of organization relations and programs for the Project Management Institute. He formerly served as an active-duty submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, and he has held numerous positions within the Pentagon, Capitol Hill (appropriations), and Energy Department.

    Strengthening the workforce: DoD acquisition, requirements and results

    Top Pentagon officials have made improvements. Developing a cohesive culture should be the next goal.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  2. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    The complications of cost and pricing

    Verifying pricing data can be costly for bidders.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  3. GSA increases contract duplication one solicitation at a time

    New contracts seem to mirror existing Schedules.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  4. Lesley Field is the Deputy Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget. File

    Case studies in innovative contracting

    New White House document highlights ways agencies get more innovation for their taxpayer dollars.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  5. 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.

    SEWP's delay no cause for worry

    We recently learned that the award announcement for NASA's $20 billion GWAC, Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V—expected in August—will be delayed to September.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  6. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    Get a contracting plan in place early

    Avoiding contracting failure requires forethought.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  7. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    Have faith in the future contracting workforce

    We may be more fearful than we need to be, argues NCMA executive director.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  8. Jordon Sims is director of organization relations and programs for the Project Management Institute. He formerly served as an active-duty submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, and he has held numerous positions within the Pentagon, Capitol Hill (appropriations), and Energy Department.

    Acquisition agility and DHS

    The DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act would require greater oversight of DHS's purchasing process while ensuring needed flexibility and clarity.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  9. Price Reduction Clause could slow cloud on Schedule 70

    'Outdated' policy is an ill fit for services.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. Davie

    Fireworks, festivities and the Connections II dashboard launch

    GSA celebrates with contract analysis tool.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  11. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    What's next for acquisition?

    Adotping common standards could make a difference

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  12. Mary Davie is assistant commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service.

    Cloud's next step on Schedule 70

    GSA seeks to make cloud 'easy to find, easy to buy'

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  13. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    The right skill sets for contracting

    Much has been written on what is generally necessary to improve today's contracting system, but what are the skill sets required individually to provide for future success?

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  14. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    The future of contracting

    How can government leverage new methods of communication and technology?

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  15. 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.

    It's never too early to start preparing: Alliant II

    Alliant is in effect until 2019, but the successor contract is on the way.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  16. Mary Davie is assistant commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service.

    Alliant at 5: It keeps getting better

    Usage, savings and efficiency of services-oriented GWAC continue to improve.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  17. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    Contracting facts and fictions

    A look at statisics deflates some common misconceptions.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  18. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    To improve the contracting workforce, improve training

    Sheer numbers are less important than expertise.

    • May. 30, 2014
  19. Jordon Sims is director of organization relations and programs for the Project Management Institute. He formerly served as an active-duty submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, and he has held numerous positions within the Pentagon, Capitol Hill (appropriations), and Energy Department.

    Turning 'agile' from a buzzword to a boon takes hard work

    'Agile' is the prevalent theme in government project management as of late. By definition, the concept of agility refers to an ability to be nimble, move quickly or easily, or to think, come to conclusions, and react swiftly.

    • May. 30, 2014
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