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Inside the July 2015 issue...
A Case Study in Local Government Contract Management—City of Woburn, Massachusetts
How applying principles and concepts of contract management led to a successful project being under budget, on schedule, and fitting defined criteria.
By: Mike Gauthier
Could the Contractor Have Made a Spreadsheet Error?
Using the wrong tool is uniquely human. As famed psychologist Abraham Maslow once observed, “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” This article discusses the risks of using the ready hammer—Microsoft Excel.
By: Scott E. Clayton
Strengthening the Acquisition Workforce: Focus on the Task at Hand
Acquisition certification programs and improved recruitment and retention efforts are important, but a formal, mandatory, funded, job-focused learning program is key to improving the acquisition workforce’s performance on the job. If we can improve that performance, we can improve government acquisitions.
By: Denean Machis
The Evolution, Revolution, and Devolution of Commercial Contracting in the U.S. Federal Government, Part 3 of 3
Exploring how FAR Part 8 has departed from its original intended purpose for commercial items acquisition.
By: Jean Marceau Lohier and Ronald Falcone
A Secret Weapon in the Quest to Litigate in Federal Court: Federal Officer Removal
Federal contractors that are sued in state court often think that they cannot remove the case into federal court. However, a little known, but powerful, weapon exists to often allow for removal under those circumstances: the Federal Officer Removal statute.
By: Joshua B. Waxman, Richard W. Black, and Jaime L. Novikoff
Improving the U.S. Acquisition Workforce, Part 3 of 3: Creating a World-Class Contracting Organization
An examination of the seven steps required to create a world-class contracting organization supporting either the buying or selling process.
By: Gregory A. Garrett and Shirl G. Nelson
Our Chat With Iris Cooper, the Senior Procurement Executive for the U.S. Department of the Treasury
NCMA Executive Director Michael Fischetti recently interviewed Iris Cooper to discuss how procurement works within the Department of the Treasury, as well as her keys to success in the profession.
By: Ryan Burke
Differing Understandings of Contract Requirements. Sounds Like a Plan!
By: Jack Horan and R. Locke Bell
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