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OFPP Chief Michael Wooten Issues Memo to Boost Involvement of People With Disabilities in Federal Contracting

Michael Wooten

Michael Wooten, administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), has issued a new memo outlining five measures agencies should take to boost the participation of people with disabilities in federal contracting through the AbilityOne program.

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Defense Innovation Board Highlights Three Themes in Draft Software Acquisition & Practices Study

The Defense Innovation Board issued a draft copy of its Software Acquisition and Practices study and the congressionally mandated SWAP study has three fundamental themes. The first theme deals with the role of speed and cycle time as metrics for software management.

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Advisory Panel Says Pentagon Needs ‘War Footing Approach’ to Defense Tech Acquisitions

An advisory group created by Congress has released a report that calls for the Department of Defense to adopt a “war footing approach” when it comes to the acquisition and delivery of technological capabilities to warfighters to keep ahead of near-peer competitors’ tech advances, National Defense reported Tuesday. The Section 809 Panel said in the report its 58 recommendations are divided into 12 sections including the Dynamic Marketplace Framework, portfolio management, information technology procurement, budget and acquisition workforce.
 

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Grant Thornton, PSC Report Urges Action to Transform Acquisition Workforce

A Grant Thornton and Professional Services Council report reveals that federal acquisition professionals believe agencies must grab the opportunity to leverage new skills and ideas and transform the acquisition workforce, the Federal Times reported Thursday. Andy Medici writes that respondents in the latest PSC-Grant Thornton Acquisition Policy Survey also pointed to challenges that have hindered …

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New Democrat Coalition Proposes Professional Background for Acquisition Program Managers

A group of lawmakers wants to require defense program managers to have the technical and academic background to lead a particular program in a move to “professionalize” the field, Defense News reported Friday. John Bennett writes that the New Democrat Coalition has submitted a report recommending military acquisition reforms based on an evaluation …

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Jordon Sims: DHS Should Adopt Project Management Certification Standards

The Department of Homeland Security must implement acquisition training and certification standards to limit program risks, Jordon Sims of the Project Management Institute writes in a Federal Times opinion piece published Thursday. Sims, PMI director for organization relations and programs, believes that adopting a standardized framework could help DHS assess portfolio …

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C. Ford Heard: VA Working to Identify Positions for ‘Acquisition Corps’

The Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to establish a professional acquisition workforce of contracting officers and program managers to serve veteran needs across all IT and healthcare service requirements, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. “We are in the process now [of] identifying positions that will be part of the Acquisition Corps,” C. Ford …

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OFPP Memo Mandates Agencies Use Central Acquisition Workforce Training Info Repository

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has directed civilian agencies to use a central repository maintained by the Federal Acquisition Institute that contains training and certification info on acquisition workers. Increased use of the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System is intended to give both the FAI and OFPP a government-wide view …

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