A group who shares ideas and experiences employing innovative acquisition practices, collaborative methods and use of Web2.0 technologies to transform federal acquisition.
What are the top websites and web-based resources for acquisition?
January 15, 2010 at 3:37 am #89337Originally, GovLoop asked you to provide feedback on the following questions:Q1. What news sources or blogs do you read every day to get information on acquisition/procurement/contracting?Q2. What are the top websites (government, non-profits, associations, etc.) with tools and resources?Q3. Do you know of embeddable content like videos or presentations that are especially helpful?Q4. Any YouTube channels, podcast series, etc., that are valuable?Based on your feedback, we decided to create the resource list below. If you have more to add, please do so through the Google Form below this spreadsheet. Thank you!
January 15, 2010 at 4:01 am #89378
Andrew - there are many to choose from - Program Management, Earned Value, budgeting, etc. One aspect to consider is whether you lean toward DoD or civilian processes. I would also recommend others to keep an eye on CPIC news sites and groups. They often cover topics essential to the foundation policies that later affect acquisition professionals.
January 15, 2010 at 11:59 am #89376
January 15, 2010 at 12:46 pm #89374
Great question, Andrew! This string has great potential to become a value added resource!
I consider the DAU learning site valuable. This site is a required early stop for all DoD professionals from Task Managers, PM's and COR's to KO's and PEO's.
Here people can sign up for online courses or jump over to other sites like the Federal Acquisition Institute.
NAVSEA hosts the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) here:
A good site for collaborating is Defense Acquisition University's "Acquisition Community Connection" which can be found at:
You have to register an account to read or contribute, but there are some good acquisition focused discussions on this site, and many serious acquisition professionals.
There is also the Federal Acquisition Regulation site:
January 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm #89372
Hi Bill - What do you visit on a daily or weekly basis? What are your absolute Top 3 sites?
January 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm #89370
Thanks, David - great list! How about news sources? My plan is to take all the top news feeds, integrate them in Yahoo! Pipes then include them in the Acquisition 2.0 group. I could add blogs, videos, etc. to the feed so that it becomes THE comprehensive resource for acquisition-related news. Thanks again!
January 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm #89368
January 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm #89366
January 16, 2010 at 1:29 am #89364
January 19, 2010 at 3:10 am #89362
January 19, 2010 at 8:48 pm #89360
Generally love WIFCON and while there's no such thing as a stupid question, some of the people answering will spend more time dissecting how you asked instead of answering what you asked. So if new to the field, state that up front and it lessens that tendency in most.
January 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm #89358
I am going to split my answers into a few different threads:
"Pushed" Information - emails, trade publications that find me without any effort
- Acquisition Solutions Update - this is an email attachment (monthly?) that has indepth analysis of relevant acquisition topics, along with implementation advice.
- Government Executive - see earlier posts. Generally, I prefer the magazine over the email blasts, as it seems like there is more content
- Federal Computer Week - Daily emails that are always topical information, with articles on acquisition.
Web Based - info that I seek out
- DAU - the learn.dau.gov website is the primary source for free acquisition training for my organization. They do a great job. Did I mention that they are free?
- WIFCON - great for thorny acquisition questions
Presentations & Videos
- Google - I have not found a central location for this information, but if you search, you can normally find a few PPTs out there that have valuable content. I have the opportunity to speak at a conference or two, and I normally search out presentations and find good information by using some advance search technicals on google (e.g., looking for .ppt or .pps file names)
- Skillsoft - We use software to turn presentations into internal webinars. Unfortunately, these are not professional or even polished. Once we reach that stage, maybe we could post them.
January 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm #89356
Hi Andy. Thanks for asking. See imbeds:
- What news sources or blogs do you read every day to get information on acquisition, procurement and contracting? (PGT) I have set up a large # of RSS feeds from a number of trade rags, FedRegister, newspapers and blogs which I try and look at every day. I also get feeds from GAO, politicians, etc. I also routinely look at 2-3 blogs and WIFCON. In essence, I think I have set up a well-balanced source of information that provides timely info on acquisition topics. It takes me about 1+ hours to plow through daily which is probably too much time for our Federal friends to devote. For those who can afford only 10-15 minutes, I'd look at GovExec.com, FCW.com and WIFCON.
- What are the top websites (government, non-profits, associations, etc.) with tools and resources? (PGT) I find that the inside the beltway trade publications such as FCW and GovExec are pretty current and have interesting articles. I check Twitter since the latest breaking news, etc. appears to hit there first. I participate in ACT/IAC's Acquisition Management Shared Interest Group (SIG) and find that a good forum to get deeper involved the acquisition process. The website is not the primary tool - the SIG is. I've found it beneficial and interesting. I also check out the Profesional Services Council's (PSC) and POGO's websites as well, keeping in mind their particular mission/objective.
- Do you know of embeddable content like videos or presentations that are especially helpful? (PGT) FCW hosts some great webinars that contain excellent content. NCMA also provides excellent training opportunities, some of which are on line.
- Any YouTube channels, podcast series, etc., that are valuable? (PGT) Have not explored yet. Am open to recommendations.
January 20, 2010 at 10:41 pm #89354
Thanks, Peter, for such a thorough response. Would you be willing to share that list of RSS feeds? I'd be happy to throw them into Yahoo! Pipes and add them to the RSS function here in this group....might be useful to you as well...having it all in one feed!
January 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm #89351
The GSA Blog has some very useful information regarding use of GSA Schedules at:
GSA also has a "One Source Directory" (document attached) that can help government buyers find the help they need in getting any product or service that can be acquired from GSA.
January 21, 2010 at 2:47 am #89349
Now Andy - I can't share all my professional secrets. You guys are, however, dragging me slowly into the collaborative 21st Century 🙂
January 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm #89347
Ha! I had a funny feeling you'd respond that way...guess I'll have to build it the old-fashioned way! 🙂 Seriously, really appreciate your contributions and respect a solid resource list as potentially proprietary.
January 22, 2010 at 4:06 am #89345
Andy: What will be of more value to the community is my thought process used to build the feeds, etc. I will share this, but am slammed with current tactical stuff at the moment. Can we revisit in early Feb. May need a tweak. Cheers. Pete
January 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm #89343
February 27, 2010 at 6:24 am #89341
To find large prime contractors looking for subcontractors-Pro Net.
September 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm #89339
Cynde Jackson ClarkeParticipant
I'm a human capital consultant doing some research into performance measurement - for individuals in the acquisition workforce as well as the aggregate agency acquisition process. At this point I'm gathering information on relevant performance metrics such as - Spend Sourced through Competitive Bidding as a Percent of Total Spend Sourced; E-Sourcing as a % of Total Spend Sourced; Spend on Diversity Suppliers as a % of Total Controllable Purchase Spend;
Training Hours per Full Time Employee, etc. and am looking to gather information on leading practices in terms of the metrics that are most useful on assessing performance as described and providing useful information to be used in process improvement.
I'm hoping you'll share your thoughts either here as human capital is my forte and not acquisition.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.