Acquisition Workforce Training – Rethink Your Approach

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Facing an aging workforce, the question of how to train the next generation of acquisition professionals is a challenge that federal leaders and industry managers have yet to solve. The need for training is great, but budgets and time are often limited. Senior government procurement executives and practitioners say agencies have cut training dollars even […]

Acquisition and Program Management Tools for 2015

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It’s the time of year when many of us take stock of the last 12 months and vow to improve next year. We will be smarter, more organized, perhaps even try something new. The numerous Integrity Matters articles written by our on-the-ground experts in 2014 provide a leg up for the New Year. They contain […]

AGILE ACQUISITION SUPPORT: REAL-WORLD CONSIDERATIONS

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Since 2001, software developers have used the Agile methodology, employing short sprints and cross-team collaboration, to bring products to market faster with earlier customer input. Others have begun to apply the tenets of Agile beyond IT to the general field of acquisition. Why?  To speed results, lower risk, and benefit from lessons learned throughout the […]

Rudder Check – Engage and Educate New Team Members to Stay On Course

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You’ve won the contract!  You’ve hired the team, but they can’t start work at the same time due to delays with the suitability process.  You must execute the requirements of the contract with only a portion of your staff, while providing an orientation to the work and some on-the-job training.  You start with a couple […]

Is It Time to Professionalize Contract Management?

Michael Fischetti, NCMA Executive Director

It’s the problem that won’t seem to go away:  for decades, government agencies, academics and industry associations have identified a lack of expertise and training among acquisition personnel as a key challenge for the acquisition workforce. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, acknowledged the problem, adding a new goal to […]

Four Ways One Agency Recognizes that CORs Matter

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Recently I wrote an article about the significant role that Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) play in the acquisition process flow.  In “Do COR’s Matter in Your Agency? Why they Should,” I advocated the importance of reassuring CORs that they are a valuable force within acquisition teams.  This blog generated some really positive conversations, including with […]

PSC President: Six Ideas for the Future of Federal Sector Training

Stan Soloway, President, Professional Services Council

  Lately it may seem like training in the Federal sector is under fire.  From last year’s post-GSA clampdown on travel, to this year’s sequestration-driven furloughs and budget cuts that leave less time and money, training is often moving to the bottom of the priority list.  But should it? Most front-line folks would say no.  […]

Getting to the COR of a PR Package

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Being a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) can add a whole list of tasks and activities to a manager’s already busy day-to-day responsibilities.  A lot of time can pass from the date of certification as a COR to the time when a procurement request (PR) package is needed to acquire products and/or services to carry on […]