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How analytics can cure today’s procurement woes

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Via Washington Technology by Walt Sirene

Using spend analytics can help solve many of today’s procurement woes. Here are 10 questions to ask that can make for better acquisitions.

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Do you want to know what’s under the contract hood?

Do you want to know what’s under the contract hood?

Contract oversight can be like buying a car.  You walk the lot and find a real beauty of a car—shiny, blue, just like you always wanted, and at a price you can afford.  You start to fall in love with it, and know you should ask to look under the hood.  But do you really want to take a look?

If you do look under the hood, chances are you will see some flaws.  They might be little problems, or they could be catastrophic.  The question is, how hard do you want to look?

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Top 10 ways to avoid contract oversight

Top 10 ways to avoid contract oversight

While contract oversight and transparency is a lofty goal, some folks would rather avoid it.  Here is my top ten list of how to avoid contract oversight:

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The government shutdown and its impact on contracting

The government shutdown and its impact on contracting

FederalNewsRadio.com []

Beth Ferrell, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, will discuss best practices for contractors in a government shutdown environment.
October 1, 2013

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How to Conduct a Return on Investment (ROI) Calculation for Acquisition Management Systems

How to Conduct a Return on Investment (ROI) Calculation for Acquisition Management Systems

A question I am asked a lot, especially in times of extremely tight agency budgets, is, what is the cost-benefit proposition for acquisition management systems?

A good acquisition management system should more than pay for itself in direct cost savings and add icing on the cake through additional benefits such as oversight capabilities and dashboards. If not, it isn’t worth the price, no matter how ‘affordable’ it may be.

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The Retirement Wave You Didn’t See Coming

The Retirement Wave You Didn’t See Coming

govexec.com [u’Adam Cole, CEB’]

The departure of workers under 60 years old could cause huge disruptions.

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FedWire: Federal acquisition info, sequester recovery and a virtual fair

FedWire: Federal acquisition info, sequester recovery and a virtual fair

Federal technology news and events [u’FedScoop’]

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

Obama visits Sweden — and becomes first U.S. president to do so.

What agency heads need to know about federal acquisition.

Better performance and metric downloads available from Go.USA.gov.

NASA eyes four candidate sites for 2016 Mars mission.

Chief of naval operations: It will takes years for the Navy to recover from the sequester.

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What Agency Leaders Need to Know About Federal Acquisition

What Agency Leaders Need to Know About Federal Acquisition

GovLoop [u’Gadi Ben-Yehuda’]

This article was originally posted by Michael Keegan on the IBM Center for the Business of Government Blog.

Most agencies in the U.S. government rely on products—goods and services—acquired through contracts to perform core functions, pursue agency objectives, and achieve mission success. In FY12, the federal government acquired $517 billion worth of products through contracts. Contract expenditures amount to 16 percent of total federal spending.

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Are fed-bashers crushing federal workforce?

Are fed-bashers crushing federal workforce?

Washington Post [u’Josh Hicks’]

A few items that caught our attention Thursday: How long does it take to crush a federal employee?: That’s the question posed by Jeff Neal, a former federal human-resources officer and current executive at the management-consulting firm ICF International. He argued …
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Federal Acquisition Executives Grapple with Retirement Wave

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Younger workforce at Pentagon, DHS and VA is talented but unseasoned, officials say.

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