Acquisition Policy

  • Alan Chvotkin: Trump administration slams brakes on federal regulations

    To many people in business and industry, federal regulation looks like a runaway train always gathering more steam. Except now the Trump administration is trying to slow things down a bit. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Ethics & the Defense Industry Initiative

    What role does the Defense Industry Initiative play in promoting ethical business practices for defense contractors? Find out when the Boeing Company’s Ellen Martin and Tom McDaniel with the Harris Corporation join host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf. August 1, 2017

  • New rules of marketing & PR

    Best selling author David Meerman Scott joins host Mark Amtower on this week’s Amtower Off Center to discuss his book “The New Rules of Marketing and PR” which just went into its 6th edition. July 31, 2017

  • New bill would loosen restrictions on TSP withdrawals

    The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee passed the TSP Modernization Act of 2017, along with a handful of other bills that could soon affect the lives and careers of the federal workforce.

  • Agencies can take a SAW to help their reorganization efforts

    Tiffany Hixson, the assistant commissioner for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service’s Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, said her office is conducting training and providing help for agencies through a Services Acquisition Workshop (SAW) approach.

  • Procurement: The thing we love to hate

    Forces are building for fundamental reform. But the White House needs to lead more.

  • An update on the presidential transition

    Gormley Group President Bill Gormley joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf, for a wide ranging discussion of the opportunities, challenges and dynamics surrounding the presidential transition. July 25, 2017

  • 7 steps to unlock the value of cognitive category management

    In part 2 of his column about category management, IBM’s Tim Wood details how agencies can get started.

  • The power of ‘cognitive’ category management

    Tim Wood, vice president and partner for the Supply Chain Management Practice, IBM Global Business Services, details how agencies can take advantage of the concept of cognitive category management to save money and drive efficiencies.

  • Larry Allen: NDAA provision alters DoD acquisition process

    Companies selling to the Defense Department may be overlooking something serious under consideration by Congress. That’s a provision in the 2018 Defense authorization bill to stop DoD agencies from buying off the General Services Administration’s multiple award schedule. But sellers should never leave to chance which vehicle their customers use. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • OASIS program personnel shakeup continues GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service upheaval

    The General Services Administration announced four long-time members of the OASIS professional services program are moving to FedSIM. The decision caught industry off guard and created concerns about the long-term health of the $4 billion multiple award contract.

  • Alan Chvotkin: Making sense of federal procurement policy

    For federal contractors, trying to get a bead on future federal procurement policy is like peering into fog. The House Armed Services Committee has flip-flopped on a couple of issues. The Defense Department seems to disagree with the White House. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, offers his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Sam Skolnik: What agency vacancies mean for contractors

    The Trump administration got off to a slow start in nominating people to important jobs. Now President Donald Trump is picking up the pace of nominations, only to have the Senate take its sweet time to confirm them. The lingering policy vacancies leave career employees wondering and now the holes are starting to worry contractors. Sam Skolnik, Bloomberg BNA senior reporter, offers insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • End of FY marketing challenges

    What are some of the top marketing issues impacting federal agencies at the end of this fiscal year? Find out when VMware’s Christina Morrison and Akima’s Peter Jacobs join host Mark Amtower on this week’s Amtower Off Center. July 24, 2017