Acquisition Policy

  • 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.

  • DoD acquisition proposals reduce burden, heighten transparency concerns

    New legislative proposals from the Defense Department try to streamline the acquisition system, but do they compromise oversight?

  • 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. July 11, 2017

  • Larry Allen: What contractors need to know about DoD budget process

    All of the Washington ways of getting things in and out of a defense budget are coming into play. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin, how contractors can at least keep track of the game.

  • The age of procurement uncertainty

    Michael Fischetti, executive director of the National Contract Management Association, joins host Mark Amtower to discuss uncertainties in procurement funding, priorities, and programs. July 10, 2017

  • Joseph Petrillo: Disclosure not enough to save this acquisition bid

    An important acquisition by the Education Department hit the rocks. One contractor got hold of earlier bid documents of its competitor. Even disclosure of that fact wasn’t enough to save this one. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • David Berteau: 11-week scramble ahead for contractors

    For federal contractors, summer vacations can be problematic. That’s because the start of summer also brings the last fiscal quarter and the scramble to use funds before they run out. It’s a more concentrated issue this year because of how late Congress approved the 2017 budget. David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, provides an overview of the next 11 weeks on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • An update on the Transactional Data Reporting rule

    Jason Workmaster, counsel at Covington and Burling LLP, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the implementation of the Transactional Data Reporting rule. July 4, 2017

  • All things AAS & FEDSIM

    How does the government acquire IT products and services and where does GSA’s Office of Assisted Acquisition Services fit in? Find out this week when AAS Assistant Commissioner Tom Howder and FEDSIM Director Chris Hamm join host Mark Amtower of Amtower Off Center. July 3, 2017

  • A different kind of market research

    Repperio founder and CEO June Marshall and company president Behrad Mahdi, join host John Gilroy on this week’s Federal Tech Talk discuss how their company can help federal acquisition specialists do data driven market research. July 4, 2017

  • Congress turning its attention to acquisition, training challenges at VA

    Congress wants the Veterans Affairs Department to expand acquisition internship program and start using the same requirements to report cost savings from procurement activities. Lawmakers see these pieces of legislation as easy bills, but VA has its objections.

  • House begins work today on another round of DoD acquisition overhauls

    The House Armed Services Committee is set to begin its annual marathon session marking up the Defense authorization bill today. The initial draft includes more than 60 provisions dealing with acquisition, including one telling DoD to buy commercial products from online “marketplaces” like Amazon.

  • Emerging trends in unmanned systems

    Booz Allen Hamilton’s Brian Abbe, Troy Abbot and Eric Billies join host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the government’s growing use of unmanned systems. June 27, 2017