Acquisition Excellence Conference

  • More mythbusting needed around industry-government communications

    Anne Rung, the administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, said at the recent Acquisition Excellence conference that she’s working with the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council to share some best practices to improve how agencies provide debriefings to unsuccessful vendors.

  • Yelp-like ratings system coming to IT procurements

    OFPP Administrator Anne Rung will issue a memo in the coming weeks requiring agencies to rate vendors and for vendors to rate agencies on specific high-dollar IT procurements. Rung said OMB, GSA will hire experts to oversee vendor relationships for IT commodities.

  • GSA proposes change to acquisition regulation vendors loathe

    A proposed rule issued today would change the Price Reduction Clause that most contractors dislike and causes most of the False Claims Act lawsuits. Vendors have 60 days to offer comments and GSA will hold an industry day April 17.

  • Rob Coen, Acting Director, NIH IT Acquisition and Assessment Center

    Proponents of government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs) say agencies are starting to understand their value. They are optimistic even though less than 15 percent of all federal IT spending goes through GWACs now. Rob Coen, acting director of NIH’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, spoke with Federal Drive host Emily Kopp about the GWAC programs NIH manages. Kopp caught up with Coen at the recent Acquisition Excellence Conference.

  • David Sella, Program Manager, VA Warrior to Workforce Program

    The Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy is preparing for a special commencement ceremony this fall. About two dozen veterans will graduate from its Warriors to Workforce Program. Program Manager David Sella spoke with Federal Drive host Tom Temin about how the program works and how the agency plans to expand it. Tom caught up with Sella at the 2014 Acquisition Excellence Conference. View photos and listen to more interviews from the conference.

  • Agencies setting off into the next data frontier — procurement

    GSA, NASA and NIH are providing agency customers more insight into what they are buying, how they are buying it and what prices they are paying. OFPP plans to launch the Prices Paid Portal later this year. But others say it’s not about the data, but the outcomes agencies are trying to achieve.

  • Joanne Woytek, program manager, NASA SEWP

    NASA delays a new governmentwide acquisition contract for IT equipment and software.

  • Sharpe sets 10 priorities to assure success at FAS

    Tom Sharpe, the commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, is focusing on 10 areas to make the organization more responsive and efficient. Sharpe also plans to meet with vendors and employees to improve their satisfaction with FAS.

  • Acquisition Excellence Conference 2013

    Federal News Radio interviews conference speakers and organizers about the 2013 Acquisition Excellence Conference.