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Several years ago, while I was an active duty Air Force acquisition officer, I received a call from a buddy who worked at a large defense contractor (which shall remain nameless). He explained that he was part of a business …
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the federal proposal process is soul-crushing. Countless hours are spent by both we contractors, and our federal partners, setting up and jumping through needless hoops, and torturing the English language.
Recently, the Professional Services Council (PSC) raised the alarm about two provisions that were being bandied about to include in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the big defense spending bill that tows along dozens …
There’s a growing realization that the federal acquisition process impedes our nation’s ability to access the capabilities it needs to keep pace with the challenges of modern government. The process is so convoluted that it skews the game in favor …
You hear it time and again: If it weren’t for the regulations, we’d have loads of innovation in the public sector. Nowhere in government is there a more maligned document than the FAR, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, which has been …
Federal CIO Tony Scott has been on the job a little over a year, and has been front and center trying to push, drag and cajole the government’s approach to IT and digital services into the modern era. In just …
You knew this was coming: Following the release of category management policies that sought to improve the way the federal government purchased laptop and desktop computers, as well as software licenses, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …
  If nothing else, before January 20 of next year rolls around, the Obama administration will have implemented huge changes to the way the government buys information technology, modernizing policy, approach and in the end, the tech that’s bought. The Office …
If you’ve been watching the Olympics at all, chances are the Zika virus has been on your mind. The threat of the virus is something South Americans have been living with for some time, but it’s also now spread (minimally) …
In its continual push to improve the federal acquisition workforce's performance when it comes to buying digital services, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) has announced the creation of the TechFAR Hub, a new resource to help equip staff with practical tools and guidance for employing best practices in this sometimes tricky area. The TechFAR Hub will live as another "hallway" in the General Services Administration's (GSA) Acquisition Gateway, the information sharing portal that lets agencies compare prices and practices across a number of different spending categories.