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 Acquisition Blog

  1. Nitin Pradhan is the former CIO of the US Department of Transportation. He is now Managing Partner of GOVonomy and CEO of Public Private Innovations. Courtesy Photo

    A fresh approach to IDIQs, BPAs, and GWACs

    A few changes could make multiple-award contracts work much better.

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

    A contracting system based on trust

    Ethical behavior depends on an inner compass more than laws.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  3. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    The small-business conundrum

    Why are contracting goals so hard to meet?

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  4. Alex Rossino is principal research analyst at Deltek. Courtesy Photo

    Who's using Encore II?

    A spending analysis helps follow the money.

    • Oct. 1, 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.

    Who will use OASIS?

    Only the Air Force has publicly committed to OASIS so far.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  6. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    Thinking skills: The contracting imperative

    Today's procurement professionals must be able to quickly grasp problems, then solve them.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  7. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    Why competition is hard to improve

    Despite the clear beneifts of competition, it appears to be difficult to consistently maintain.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  8. Liz DelNegro is Associate CIO of Acquisition IT systems at GSA. GSA

    GSA improves acquisition with technology

    Editor's Note: This blog post was first published at GSA.gov. When you hear the words 'easy' and 'assist,' federal purchasing and technology do not immediately come to mind, but we are working hard to change that perception.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  9. Nitin Pradhan is the former CIO of the US Department of Transportation. He is now Managing Partner of GOVonomy and CEO of Public Private Innovations. Courtesy Photo

    5 technologies for your year-end spending

    Services are dificult to procure quickly, but products may be the perfect solution for leftover funds.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. GSA increases contract duplication one solicitation at a time

    New contracts seem to mirror existing Schedules.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Price Reduction Clause could slow cloud on Schedule 70

    'Outdated' policy is an ill fit for services.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  19. Davie

    Fireworks, festivities and the Connections II dashboard launch

    GSA celebrates with contract analysis tool.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  20. 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
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