Posts Tagged: acquisitions

Contract Management not Sexy, but Necessary

A recent Defense Department inspector general report found that contracting officers and their representatives (COR) at the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity need to step up their game when it comes to improving contract performance and acquisition outcomes. The report shins a light on a reality hitting many procurement offices, where the intense workload,Read… Read more »

BGov Brief: Removing Wasteful and Duplicate Contracts in Federal Government

In September of 2011, President Obama issued a memorandum to reduce wasteful duplication in federal contracting. The memorandum was part of President Obama’s Campaign to Cut Waste. The memorandum requires that starting January 1, 2012, all agencies will submit their business cases to a White House database before opening any new contracts for bids. TheRead… Read more »

5 Must Haves In A Contractor Teaming Agreement

I have explained to you what a contractor teaming agreement is and how it is used in an earlier post here. Now I want to provide a few tips on specific elements that you must have in your agreement. A CTA is a valid contract that is meant to define the duties that are toRead… Read more »

How Does a Small Business Get on an IDIQ?

Some of the trends that have been written about in 2012, and beyond, is the government relying more and more on issuing task orders via IDIQ vehicles, as opposed to full and open competition and the normal acquisition process. Although many courses and consultants discuss winning these task orders, little information is available on actuallyRead… Read more »

Contractors Are Mission Critical, Not a Necessary Evil

Former head of the Coalition for Government Procurement Larry Allen, now President of Allen Federal Business Partners, wrote a spot on article recently calling out the absurdity of the current environment of anti-contractor sentiment running rampant throughout the federal government. Recent examples of these activities, among many, includes the Office of Management and Budget’s recentRead… Read more »

VA Transforming Perceptions, Using Innovation to Improve Acquisitions

2011 VA Supplier Relationship Transformation Webinar On February 25, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hosted its second Supplier Relationship Transformation (SRT) webinar. 934 discreet users registered to watch senior VA officials report summary findings from the department’s recent feedback collection efforts. VA Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould, Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL) DeputyRead… Read more »

Member of the Week: Sterling Whitehead

Member of the Week: Sterling Whitehead Organization: Strategic Systems Programs, Department of the Navy Email: [email protected] (home) Supporting Links:; 1. What was your path to public service/current job? My father served as a US Marine for 30 years, so I grew up with the public service attitude, the greater good, all that. IRead… Read more »

5 Surefire Ideas for Contract Professionals to Improve Job Hunting

This post gives you innovative ideas for getting a job in the contracts field. Even if you aren’t looking for a job, these ideas can help improve your reputation. Charlie Hoehn put together an e-book for getting a job in any field. Simply put, it is one of the most brilliant pieces of writing I’veRead… Read more »