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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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Have any evaluations coming up?

Have any evaluations coming up?

Spring is a time for renewal, growth, and of course, government contracting.

As we move into the heart of the procurement season, many of you are busy developing new procurements and will be managing evaluations as the proposals come in.

The evaluation phase brings with it a whole new set of pressures:

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‘Bridging the Gap’ in IT Leadership

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‘Bridging the Gap’ in IT Leadership

Via ncmahq.org by Michael Fischetti

While it may be some time before it becomes clear what went wrong in developing the Healthcare.gov website, some themes emerged from a recent Time magazine article.

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Acquisition in the crosshairs amid DOD restructuring

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Acquisition in the crosshairs amid DOD restructuring

Via fcw.com by Amber Corrin

The Defense Department is facing significant challenges and changes in the coming months and years, and with a mandate to streamline and cut spending, acquisition is emerging as a critical area. DOD officials expect to see big changes in acquisition, whether they involve reforming how the military buys its weapons, IT, services and other goods; improving the workforce in charge of purchasing; or handing off certain responsibilities.

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DHS to centralize budgeting, aquisition

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Via Federal Times

The Department of Homeland Security is beginning to centralize its budgeting and acquisition processes in order to boost efficiency, according to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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Two bills look to give small business an edge in contracting

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Two bills look to give small business an edge in contracting

Via fcw.com by Adam Mazmanian

House Small Business Committee, is introducing a pair of bills Feb. 26 designed to increase small firms’ participation in federal contracting and improve the quality of contracting data. The Greater Opportunities for Small Business Act would raise the percentage of small businesses among prime federal contract recipients from 23 percent to 25 percent, and the percentage of subcontract recipients to not less than 40 percent of the total.

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What Federal IT Managers Are Doing Instead of Hiring

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What Federal IT Managers Are Doing Instead of Hiring

Via nextgov.com by Brittany Ballenstedt

Hardware skills and IT procurement were the only two areas where IT leaders said they had adequate talent.

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Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill

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Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill

Via FederalNewsRadio.com

The FOIA Act of 2014 would amend the Freedom of Information Act in 12 ways. It calls for the online portal and requires more oversight by agency inspectors general. But some agency FOIA officers say the bill only would improve the information disclosure process minimally.

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How to Protest Proof your Evaluations

How to Protest Proof your Evaluations

Contract protests are on the rise—with sustained protests more than doubling over the past 5 years.  From anecdotal evidence, it appears that over the past 1-2 years, they have gone up even more.  Among the agencies we meet with, we are hearing stories of up to half of acquisitions being protested when the dollar amounts are high and especially in IT.  It seems what was once taboo is now just a normal cost of doing business.

If this is the new normal in government acquisitions, then agencies would be wise to plan for this also.  I propose that you build ‘protest planning’ into your evaluations as well.

What does this look like?

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Government Owning the Cloud, Big Contract to Adobe: Procurement News Round-Up « Public Spend Forum Public Spend Forum

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Government Owning the Cloud, Big Contract to Adobe: Procurement News Round-Up « Public Spend Forum Public Spend Forum

Via publicspendforum.org by Jonathan Messinger

In a good example of shared services, more and more agencies are choosing to use other federal agencies’ private clouds instead of building their own or relying on a commercial provider to host. The Agriculture Department’s National IT Center (NITC) became the first federal cloud provider to be certified last summer and today, NITC’s cloud customers include nearly every USDA agency and office, plus a growing list of federal agencies, including the Homeland Security and Labor departments, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration. The Defense Department has also used the NITC cloud for several one-off applications.

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