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Katrina McFarland, Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson Talk Army’s Acquisition Reform Efforts, Procurement Priorities

Katrina McFarland, acquisition chief at the U.S. Army; and Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, principal military deputy to the service branch’s acquisition chief; have discussed acquisition reform initiatives and procurement priorities at the military branch, Defense News reported Wednesday. McFarland told Defense News reporter Jen Judson in an interview about the involvement …

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Mary Davie: GSA Updates IT Product & Service Navigator Tool for Acquisition Pros

The General Services Administration‘s integrated technology services branch has redesigned its online purchasing support tool in an effort to help acquisition professionals discover and evaluate the department’s information technology and telecommunications services. Mary Davie, GSA ITS assistant commissioner, said in a blog post published Wednesday the agency revamped its IT Solutions Navigator …

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Anne Rung Outlines OFPP’s Efforts to Promote Category Mgmt, Innovation Under ‘Transforming the Marketplace’ Plan

Anne Rung, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, has outlined actions that OFFP has implemented to promote category management, advance innovation and establish vendor relationships since the Obama administration introduced in 2014 a plan to streamline the federal marketplace. Rung wrote in a White House blog post published Friday that …

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6 GovCon Industry Groups Ask Federal Govt to Delay Implementation of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule

Six member associations of the Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations have asked the Obama administration to delay the implementation of a final rule that aims to ensure federal contractors’ compliance with labor laws. The industry groups wrote in a letter to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council that the …

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GAO Study Identifies VA Procurement Process Mgmt Challenges

The Government Accountability Office has identified various factors such as incomplete data and outdated policies that GAO says pose challenges to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ buying process. GAO said Friday it observed that insufficient recording of procurement data limits VA’s view of department spending and that its fragmented procurement policy framework prevents contracting officers from …

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Denise Turner Roth Talks Plans for GSA’s Tech Transformation Service

Denise Turner Roth, head of the General Services Administration, told Federal Times in an interview published Monday that she expects the Technology Transformation Service to help GSA demonstrate how emerging technology platforms could be applied in the government space. “So that’s everything from the implementation, the exploration of what’s coming on deck …

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Federal News Radio: DoD to Release Cybersecurity Guidance for Acquisition Program Managers

The Defense Department plans to release new guidance within the next two months to help program managers integrate cybersecurity approaches into DoD’s acquisition cycle, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Scott Maucione writes the guide will outline systems security engineering strategies as part of DoD’s efforts to address vulnerabilities in defense systems and protect assets against cyber attacks. “Ultimately this …

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GSA Seeks to Add ‘Other Direct Costs’ to Multiple-Award Schedule Program; Tom Sharpe Comments

The General Services Administration has released a new policy change proposal that seeks to add other direct costs to the Multiple Award Schedule program to support agency access to order-level materials. The proposed GSA Regulation rule is intended to help customer agencies and industry partners to respectively procure and provide OLMs through …

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Air Force Develops Human Systems Integration Framework for Acquisition Practitioners

The Air Force Research Laboratory has developed and tested a human systems integration framework tool designed to help practitioners familiarize themselves with the military  branch’s acquisition process. The Human Systems Integration directorate within AFRL’s 711th Human Performance Wing designed the tool to cover various facets of human systems integration under such domains as …

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