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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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‘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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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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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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What Motivates Fed Buyers to use GSA Contracts?

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Via GovLoop by Joshua Ladick

Unless you fully grasp your buyer , and their motivations, then you may struggle to sale to them. This holds true in the federal market. Contracting Officers and Procurement Specialists follow the greatest rulebook ever when it comes to procurement guidelines. There is seriously so much “Red Tape” that I am now amazed that the government even spends money as fast as they do. This is done because of clever pass-throughs like GSA Contracts and other Multiple Award Schedule options.

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Chief acquisition officer leaves GSA for White House

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Chief acquisition officer leaves GSA for White House

Via fcw.com by Mark Rockwell

GSA Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung will move to the White House to head up the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy, sources with knowledge of the move told FCW. Rung will replace Joe Jordan as administrator at OFPP.

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Rep. Graves tries again to increase small business contracting goals

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Rep. Graves tries again to increase small business contracting goals

Via FederalNewsRadio.com

Despite that, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo. ), chairman of the Small Business Committee, believes it’s time to raise the goal. Graves plans to introduce legislation today to increase the percentage of contracts that are mandated to go to small firms to 25 percent, which equates to about $10 billion more a year for these companies.

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