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Report: Rep. Mac Thornberry’s Bill Would Require DoD to Use Commercial Marketplaces for COTS Purchases

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has introduced a bill that seeks to encourage the Defense Department to use e-commerce marketplaces to procure commercial-off-the-shelf products as part of efforts to reform DoD’s acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. The bill released Thursday would direct DoD …

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John Bergin: DoD Eyes Use of Blockchain Tech in Standard Parts Production

The Defense Department aims to use additive manufacturing techniques in conjunction with  blockchain technology in efforts to address intellectual property challenges related to the production of military standard parts, GCN reported Monday. John Bergin, business technology officer at DoD’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, told a defense contracting forum Friday the U.S. Navy‘s carriers can …

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Jay Carr: Contractor Engagement Key in Army Procurement Process

Jay Carr, executive director of the Army Contracting Command, has said that contractors should be well-trained and ready to help U.S. Army commanders implement technology they need to execute a mission. Carr added that he believes companies and government officials need to collaborate early in the acquisition planning process and throughout the procurement cycle, according to …

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GSA’s Mary Davie Outlines IT Industry Feedback on Federal Acquisition

Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for the office of information technology category at the General Services Administration, has met with more than 50 representatives from IT services companies to discuss government contracting issues. Davie wrote in a blog post published Tuesday industry members want government acquisition and program personnel to be more accessible and respond …

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Report: Rep. Mac Thornberry to Introduce Military Weapons Acquisition Reform Bill

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to unveil in mid-May a new bill that would overhaul the Defense Department‘s system for buying major weapons systems, The Hill reported Tuesday. Ellen Mitchell writes Thornberry said the standalone bill would look to boost DoD’s capacity to negotiate intellectual property licenses and remove legislative …

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GSA to Include Earth Observation Services SIN on IT Schedule 70

The General Services Administration plans to incorporate a new special item number for Earth observation platforms and services into the Information Technology Schedule 70 contract vehicle by early June. GSA said Friday the inclusion of the Earth Observation Solutions SIN in IT Schedule 70 seeks to provide government agencies a “one-stop-shop” for satellite …

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Johanna Curry: Army Application Owners Issue RFPs for Commercial Cloud Via ACCENT Contract Vehicle

Johanna Curry, project officer for the U.S. Army’s data center consolidation plan, has said application owners at the service branch have released requests for proposals for cloud platforms and related technical support under the Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transformation contract vehicle, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. ACCENT seeks to help …

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