Michael Fischetti

  • TRICARE is more than healthcare

    DOD’s Tricare Management Activity is not only one of the world’s biggest health care providers. It is also a big acquisition organization. We learn more from TMA’s Michael Fischetti.

  • Small business can be big player in health IT

    Michael Fischetti, director of Acquisition Management and Support at TRICARE Management Activity, discusses how small business fits into his agency’s health IT mission.

  • Small businesses carrying weight of shutdown on their payrolls

    Many small and large businesses are turning to cash reserves to pay bills, including employee salaries, as the government stops processing invoices. There could be a silver lining for some, as the government may be liable for the cost of a shutdown-related stop work order under specific types of contracts.

  • Agencies delaying more RFPs, industry days as shutdown persists

    Govini, a market analysis and research firm, found agencies amended slightly more acquisitions this year as compared to last year — 2.6 percent compared to 2 percent. But the average delay in 2013 compared to 2012 was 11 days longer — 15 days compared to four days.

  • The impact of LPTA

    Market Connections CEO Lisa Dezzutti and Michael Fischetti, executive director of the National Contract Manager’s Association will discuss some of the big issues affecting contractors including lowest price, technically acceptable (LPTA). November 25, 2013

  • OFPP closing the contracting officer training gap between civilian, DoD

    A new memo details about eight major changes to the education and knowledge requirement for civilian agency contracting officers. It calls for more than just training but a deeper knowledge of acquisition roles, responsibilities and how to ensure success.

  • Are tight budgets straining trust between agencies, industry?

    Are federal budget and staffing shortfalls — particularly among the federal government’s acquisition workforce — fueling a climate of mistrust between the government and its contractors? Experts told Federal News Radio as part of the special series, Trust Redefined: Reconnecting Government and Its Employees explore the importance of communication in building trust.

  • Acquisition workers as critical thinkers: A change that has to happen

    In Federal News Radio’s special report, Missing Pieces of Procurement Reform, the Defense Acquisition University, the Federal Acquisition Institute and other experts say a new kind of acquisition worker is needed. One that brings business acumen, understands technology and knows the FAR forward and back. The ever-evolving training regime for federal acquisition workers is no longer just about the hard skills of acquisition.

  • Michael Fischetti: Innovation is primarily a people issue

    Better Buying Power at the Pentagon is only one example of attempts to innovate in the acquisition space. The new acquisition corps that’s set up like the U.S. Digital Services office is another one, but it’s focused on policy and process. Michael Fischetti is executive director of the National Contract Management Association. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that government spends too much time thinking about process — and not enough about people.

  • Michael Fischetti: It’s time to de-clutter the contracting landscape

    The two-year budget and debt deal President Barack Obama signed may bring some certainty to the government business and contracting space, especially if Congress passes an omnibus spending bill for the rest of this fiscal year. But shutdowns, continuing resolutions and other budget problems have left a lot of clutter on the contracting landscape. Michael Fischetti, a fellow and executive director of the National Contract Management Association, wrote about clearing out that clutter.