Acquisition & Procurement

Reports: GSA to Make Federal Acquisition Gateway Site Public

The General Services Administration could open its government Acquisition Gateway online portal to companies and the general public beginning next week, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Billy Mitchell writes GSA launched the site in October 2014 for agency procurement employees to access information about a wide range of goods and services by category as well as to share …

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Frank Kendall, Deborah Lee James Propose New Business Model for Space Launch Services Acquisition

Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, has proposed an acquisition strategy for satellite launch services that he believes could help the Defense Department reduce costs and dependence on Russian-built RD-180 rocket engines, DoD News reported Wednesday. “The basic business deal we have in mind is that the …

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Wendy Masiello: DCMA in Hiring Process & Seeks Private Sector Collaboration for Commercial Item ‘Centers of Excellence’

The Defense Contract Management Agency is in the process of hiring personnel for its network of “centers of excellence” that aim to give procurement and contracting officers guidance on what constitutes as a commercial item versus a non-commercial product, DCMA’s director has told ExecutiveGov. Air Force Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, who has …

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Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson: Army Acquisition Reform Focuses on Modernization

Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, principal military deputy to the U.S. Army acquisitions chief, has said that a “whole government” approach and an increased decision-making authority for the services will help efforts to reform defense acquisition. He told Defense News reporter Jen Judson in an interview published Tuesday that acquisition reform plans should focus on …

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Mary Davie: Federal Agencies Achieved 27% in FY 2015 Under Wireless BPAs

Federal agencies that used the General Services Administration’s Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative blanket purchase agreements to acquire wireless services experienced an average savings of 27 percent valued at over $10 million in fiscal year 2015. Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the integrated technology service office at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, wrote …

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Deborah Lee James: Govt-Industry Collaboration Drives ’21st Century’ Air Force Acquisition System

U.S. Air Force Sec. Deborah Lee James has detailed the service branch’s Bending the Cost Curve acquisition system that seeks to support innovation and deliver cost savings and process efficiencies. James wrote in a guest piece published Wednesday on Defense One that the Air Force worked with the defense industry as part of efforts to develop …

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Larry Allen: Federal Govt Should Start Acquisition Reform Efforts With ‘Open Dialog’ With Service Contractors

Larry Allen, founder and president of Allen Federal Business Partners, has said government acquisition officials should monitor spending on services in order to manage procurement processes in the federal government. Allen wrote in a Federal News Radio article published Monday that federal acquisition leaders can begin their spending monitoring and procurement …

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