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FEMA's Makeover

November 1, 2006 Acquisition chief Deidre Lee is getting ready for the next Katrina-just don't ask about those no-bid contracts. 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, ...

Making It Count

November 1, 2006 The Census Bureau ramps up to tally each and every U.S. resident in 2010. The Census Bureau is preparing for its biggest event of the decade. To get ready, the bureau is compiling a massive address list, signing contracts with the best available vendors and planning a dress rehearsal of ...

Guilt by Association

November 1, 2006 David Safavian, former head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, pays a heavy price for his poor choice of friends. Monday, Sept. 19, 2005, started out as a typical morning for David Safavian, then head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget. ...

Cargo-scanning subcontract spurs ‘Buy American’ dispute

October 19, 2006 Last year, Congress gave the U.S. Agency for International Development $50 million to provide security systems to scan commercial cargo leaving and entering the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The prime contractor recently eliminated two firms as potential subcontractors, leaving a partnership of Chinese and American companies that the ...

Slow Start

October 15, 2006 Three years after their creation, chief acquisition officers are hard to find. Don't ask an agency to name its chief acquisition officer and expect a straight answer. While 15 of the biggest federal agencies are required by law to have a political appointee whose primary duty is acquisition, only two-the ...

Justice settles procurement case, launches anti-fraud effort

October 11, 2006 The Justice Department announced Tuesday that Oracle Corp. agreed to pay $98.5 million to settle allegations that PeopleSoft, which Oracle has since acquired, did not share accurate pricing information with the General Services Administration when it was negotiating for a listing on a multiple-award schedule in 1997. Rod J. Rosenstein, ...

TSA begins virtual training for contracting officers

October 2, 2006 The Transportation Security Administration launched a new acquisition training program Monday that enables aspiring contracting officers to practice their trade virtually before taking on real responsibilities. The program, which TSA has dubbed acquisition "boot camp," is the first to provide newcomers with months of practice before they put their skills ...

Countdown

October 1, 2006 How the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the biggest program in its history. In late 2003, Mary Jane Jones got a call from the Health and Human Services Department asking if she would appear onstage next to President Bush as he signed the Medicare Modernization Act on Dec. ...

Free Speech and AIDS

October 1, 2006 Groups that receive government funding to fight HIV/AIDS refuse to sign an anti-prostitution pledge. Buried within the legislation that created a massive $15 billion program to fight HIV and AIDS in 2003 is one small paragraph that has launched a firestorm among U.S. Agency for International Development contractors. It states ...

Convicted ex-procurement chief granted sentencing delay

September 28, 2006 David Safavian, the former head of the Office of Management and Budget's procurement policy shop convicted in June of obstructing justice and making false statements, has been granted a delay in his sentencing. The sentencing was originally scheduled for Oct. 12, but will be moved to Oct. 27. Safavian was ...