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Trade Group Asks Congress to Limit Use of LPTA Method in IT, Cyber Procurements

A technology trade association has called on House and Senate conferees to retain in the final fiscal 2019 defense policy bill a provision that would restrict the use of “lowest price technically acceptable” contracting method in government-wide procurements of information technology and cyber security platforms. BSA | The Software Alliance wrote …

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Report: DHS, GSA Use ‘Commercial Solutions Opening’ Method to Expedite Tech Procurements

The Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration have launched efforts to advance the use of “commercial solutions opening” method to speed up the acquisition of innovative platforms and services, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. DHS released in June its guidelines for the CSO contracting method, while GSA unveiled in …

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DoD Restructures Research & Engineering, Acquisition Offices

The Defense Department has issued a memo that details the reorganization of the offices of the undersecretary of research and engineering and undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, Defense News reported Tuesday. Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for DoD, told the publication that Congress and Defense Secretary James Mattis have …

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Report: DoD Launches New Competitive Method to Buy ‘Innovative’ Commercial Tech, Services

The Defense Department has released a memorandum that would authorize contracting officers to use a competitive procedure to procure “innovative” commercial technologies and services as part of a four-year pilot program in a move to encourage participation from non-traditional contractors, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. DoD’s acquisition officials will release …

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Richard Stone Named Acting Veterans Health Administration Chief

Richard Stone, former principal deputy undersecretary of health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been named acting head of the Veterans Health Administration, Military Times reported Tuesday. Peter O’Rourke, acting VA secretary, announced Tuesday that Stone will serve as VHA’s executive-in-charge and succeed Carolyn Clancy, who will transition to …

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