36th Annual Government Contract Management Symposium

  • When contractors lose a bid, they’ve got the right to know why. That’s where debriefings by the government come in. Sometimes these sessions are cut and dried, because the contracting officer doesn’t want to invite a protest. But now agencies are experimenting with extended debriefings, where everything is on the table. At the National Contract Management Association symposium earlier this week, Federal Drive with Tom Temin asked Michelle Currier, a Defense Acquisition University professor, why debriefings have become so important.

  • The General Services Administration has built a house of many hallways. It’s the acquisition gateway, aimed at helping the government buy more as a single organization. Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Andrea Heller, director of stakeholder engagement at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, for an update on what’s new at the acquisition gateway.

  • The Defense Department spends more than $150 billion a year on services. To get better at it and ensure that what it buys is what it really wants, Defense Acquisition University developed the Services Acquisition Workshop (SAW). Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Lyle Eesley, the former DAU professor who developed the SAW, at the National Contract Management Association symposium in Washington.