Save the Date! VAO Webinar on how the Section 809 Panel is transforming defense acquisition

 

Join us here on Thursday, April 26 at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) for an interview with Section 809 Panel Chair David Drabkin. Get a glimpse of the future of Defense acquisition! We will explore the panel’s purpose, objectives, and approach; and highlight its accomplishments, plans, and recommendations to date.

 

 

 

 

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5 Tips to Sharpen Your Critical Thinking

Critical thinking: It’s an important skill to have in your toolbox, both in and out of the workplace. Why is critical thinking so important? It allows you to analyze ideas and present supporting evidence. Basically, it is a self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective way of thinking that's especially …… » Read more

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A sweeping farm bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee last week proposes to extend through 2023 the BioPreferred Program, which aims to increase federal agencies’ procurement and use of biobased products as determined by the Department of Agriculture. Read more>> … » Read more

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