Federal News Countdown: Top acquisition stories

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio Executive Editor
Francis Rose, “In Depth” host

They count down the top acquisition stories of 2012 and highlights some of the stories from the Federal News Radio week-long special report, Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer.

Jason’s Miller’s stories

From Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer series:


Suspension and debarments rise amid pressure from Congress

For years, Congress has pressed federal agencies to employ the suspension and debarment process more often to weed out irresponsible contractors. For good or ill, federal statistics strongly suggest agencies are listening.

Top acquisition story of 2012:

OMB gives agencies four months to figure out shared services

The Office of Management and Budget is re-invigorating the Lines of Business initiatives but with a bit of a twist. OMB issued its Shared Services Strategy Wednesday detailing the steps over the next four months agencies must take to begin chipping away at more than $46 billion in duplicative IT investments. The plan focuses on commodity IT, such as email and storage, and emphasizes both governmentwide and intra-agency shared services.

Francis Rose’s stories

From Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer series:

New OFPP administrator has sights set on workforce, ‘buying smarter’

Joe Jordan has led the Office of Federal Procurement Policy for a little more than two weeks. But he’s wasting no time setting priorities, which include building up the federal acquisition workforce and “buying smarter.”

Top acquisition story of 2012:

Agency CIOs coveted new Digital, Shared Services strategies

The Office of Management and Budget now has released two major strategies in the past month, giving agency chief information officers a host of new deadlines. But a funny thing happened on the way to developing the goals: the CIOs asked for them.