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DoD Study Describes Coordination Mechanisms Adopted With NASA for Space Launch Services Acquisition

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department and NASA implement collaboration platforms and related processes to coordinate the acquisition of space launch services for cargo capsules and satellites. The finding is based on GAO’s assessment of a DoD study that examines how the Pentagon and NASA facilitate coordination on …

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NASA Program Aims to Help SEWP Contract Users Identify Authorized IT Resellers

NASA has launched a program to help government buyers confirm if an information technology product they want to procure through the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract vehicle come from authorized resellers, Nextgov reported Monday. The report said NASA aims to restrict certain SEWP contracts to authorized resellers and prevent non-authorized vendors from …

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OMB Instructs Agencies to Use DoD’s Package Delivery Services Contract Vehicle

The Office of Management and Budget has released a memorandum that requires federal agencies to use a Defense Department governmentwide acquisition contract for package delivery services, DoD said Thursday. The new OMB policy also directs agencies to transition to the Best-In-Class Next Generation Delivery Services contract by Oct. 1. OMB said …

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GAO: DoD Forms Advisory Panel, DIUx to Address Contracting Challenges Faced by ‘Non-Traditional’ Firms

The Government Accountability Office has interviewed representatives from 12 “non-traditional companies” or firms that do not typically engage in business with the Defense Department and found challenges across six areas that keep them from developing platforms for military purposes. These challenges include complexity of process within DoD, unsteady budget, long duration of …

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Bill Zielinski: GSA Close to $50B IT, Telecom Services Contract Award Announcement

The General Services Administration expects to award in the next few weeks a potential 15-year, $50 billion contract vehicle for information technology, infrastructure and telecommunication services, FedTech reported Thursday. GSA is “a couple of weeks off” from awarding the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract, Bill Zielinski, deputy assistant commissioner for IT category management at …

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DoD Proposes Changes to Defense Contracting Regulations

The Defense Department has called on Congress to modify current regulations for the department’s acquisition processes, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. In a set of nine proposals, DoD proposed to lessen contract-related reporting requirements and raise the micropurchasing threshold from $5,000 to $10,000. The report said one proposal would only allow companies …

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GSA, VA Partner to Boost Visibility of Veteran-Owned Firms via Online Procurement System

The General Services Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs have partnered to help VA buyers identify verified veteran-owned small businesses on GSA’s VA Advantage online acquisition platform. GSA said Monday VA Advantage will begin to show “VIP Verified Vendor” icons on products sold by veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses …

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