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Posted by on Mar 8, 2018

How and When Should Government Engage Industry?

How and When Should Government Engage Industry?

At the February 2018 ACT-IAC conference Lifting the Curtain: Requirements Development in Federal Acquisition and Reverse Industry Day, the question of when to engage industry emerged. The most controversial idea was presented by James William, Partner at Schambach & Williams Consulting. During Panel I- Behind the Scenes: Understanding the Government Requirements Gathering Process, Mr. Williams offered that government could invite industry to the table to assist in the creation of the statement of need and the evaluation factors. By engaging industry in the requirement development process, early and often, requirements will be better defined, better solutions will be offered, the evaluation process will be streamlined, the Procurement Acquisition Lead Time (PALT) will be minimized and the government will achieve best value.

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2018

The MGT Act and Agile Contracting. What’s the connection?

The MGT Act and Agile Contracting. What’s the connection?

With the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) underway to eliminate wasteful spending by placing Federal agency CIOs in control of IT investments, to the recent Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act) signed into law last December as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, it is even more important to plan the […]

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Posted by on Jan 10, 2018

Three Initiatives to Help Improve the Acquisition Workforce

Three Initiatives to Help Improve the Acquisition Workforce

As a new year begins, agencies are also making their resolutions. High on their list are ways to keep employees engaged, energized, and focused on meeting mission goals. These are the top three initiatives we’ve seen when helping our clients identify ways to improve the acquisition workforce.

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2017

Leading Contracting Organizations

Leading Contracting Organizations

NCMA’s Government Contract Management Symposium is just around the corner.  Each year, NCMA organizes a stellar program centered on key training topics for the acquisition community.  Last year’s education track included sessions on forming successful acquisition teams, to understanding how industry conducts business, to managing contracting organizations.  This year’s symposium highlights understanding contract management, adapting […]

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2017

Federal Spotlight: Amira Reiss

Federal Spotlight: Amira Reiss

Amira Reiss serves as Homeland Security Acquisition Institute’s (HSAI) Associate Director for Training. Here is our Federal Spotlight interview: MC:  How long have you been in Federal Service and what is your main responsibility in your role today? AR:  I have been in Federal Service for almost seven years. I currently serve in the DHS Office […]

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2017

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: 3 Steps to Safeguarding Your Contracts

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: 3 Steps to Safeguarding Your Contracts

As another government fiscal year comes to a close, agencies are moving to the execution phase. For contracts that involve cybersecurity elements, acquisition planning, and contract administration have become increasingly more complex with the recent laws and regulations governing cybersecurity. With October designated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, this is a perfect opportunity to review current and new contracts and self-audit existing cybersecurity management practices.

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