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Escape from Lebanon

January 1, 2007 As Beirut was bombed, stranded Americans waited for their government to get them out. Kristen Trotter and Claire Elisabeth Thomas spent the night of Wednesday, July 12, 2006, staying up late in Thomas' Beirut apartment, watching Israeli fighter jets fly in low over the city. Trotter, a senior at the...

Treading in Gray Areas

December 6, 2006 Sometimes white-collar fraud provides prosecutors with a slam-dunk case involving bribe lists, cash hidden in a freezer and damning FBI videotape. Other times, it's unclear whether the condemned person is a villain or victim. Bobby L. Jolley's case falls into the latter category. On May 16, the procurement fraud branch...

Generation Passion

December 1, 2006 More than money, young acquisition professionals seek a mission. Wesley Beemer woke up at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 5 with a day of paperwork ahead of him. The contract specialist at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington planned to look for missing signatures, misplaced documents and numerical errors in orders...

Seeing Spots

December 1, 2006 Contractors place ads where government buyers will read them. Metro riders in Washington are bombarded with messages about vacationing in West Virginia and buying houses in Baltimore. Now they're getting hit with one more: Buy Unisys software. This fall, Unisys Corp., an information technology services company in Blue Bell, Pa.,...

Treading in Gray Areas

December 1, 2006 Avoiding the appearance of a conflict of interest can be a high wire act. Sometimes white-collar fraud provides prosecutors with a slam-dunk case involving bribe lists, cash hidden in a freezer and damning FBI videotape. Other times, it's unclear whether the condemned person is a villain or victim. Bobby L....

‘Buy American’ compliance tricky in increasingly global economy

November 22, 2006 As Rapiscan Systems prepared to bid on a security-equipment contract last year, Vice President of Government Affairs Peter Kant thought he deserved an edge over his two competitors because only his company was based in the United States and set to manufacture the equipment domestically. Rapiscan, a manufacturer of baggage-...

FEMA's Makeover

November 22, 2006 Deidre Lee disagrees with much of the criticism levied against her agency. She is deputy director of operations and chief acquisition officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "The contracting shop down here, the Katrina folks, should be applauded," she says. Sure, there were mistakes, but they also helped a...

Judge stays ex-procurement chief’s sentence

November 16, 2006 In an unexpected move, a judge granted a request Thursday from David Safavian, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget's procurement policy shop, for a stay of his prison sentence, pending an appeal of his June conviction of obstructing justice and making false statements. Safavian filed an...

Acquisition managers: We're overwhelmed with oversight

November 2, 2006 Senior procurement officials have a message for investigators: Please leave us alone. They feel berated by lawmakers and inspectors general who don't always understand how contracting works, according to survey results released Thursday by the Professional Services Council, an Arlington, Va.-based industry group, and Grant Thornton, a global consultancy. "They...

Straight Shooter

November 1, 2006 The new procurement chief, Paul Denett, offers an inside view of competitive sourcing and contract management. Paul A. Denett, recently confirmed as Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator at the Office of Management and Budget, is the first procurement veteran to become OFPP chief in the Bush administration. Denett was...

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