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GAO: Congress Should Not Fund 2017 LCS Acquisition

The Government Accountability Office has recommended Congress to not fund the acquisition of two Littoral Combat Ships requested for 2017 due to what auditors identified as the vessel’s obsolete design and construction backlogs. A GAO report published Thursday says the Defense Department has not fully implemented prior recommendations regarding LCS and frigate acquisitions such …

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DoD’s DIUx Arm Details Approach for Faster Acquisitions

The Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental has published a guidebook in efforts to help agencies create contracting vehicles that could optimize time and costs required to acquire technology, DoD News reported Friday. Rick Docksai writes DIUx’s website offers free access to the 99-page guidebook titled “Fast, Flexible, and Collaborative: The Commercial Solutions …

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DoD, NASA, GSA Propose Rule to Facilitate Govt-Industry Communication During Acquisition Process

The Defense Department, NASA and the General Services Administration have proposed a rule that seeks to encourage and facilitate communication between government procurement officials and industry during the acquisition process. The three agencies said in a Federal Register notice posted Tuesday the proposed regulation would amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation in order to enforce a provision of …

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Jane Rathbun: DoD Seeks to Streamline Business IT System Acquisition Through New Guidance

The Defense Department plans to release new guidance that seeks to streamline the procurement process for business information technology systems, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Jane Rathbun, deputy director for defense business systems, said at the Federal IT Acquisition Summit in Washington that the guidance would require defense officials in …

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GAO: DoD Should Include Acquisition Program Systems Engineering Status in Budget Request

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that Congress require the Defense Department to include the systems engineering status of major acquisition programs in the DoD’s annual budget request. GAO said Thursday the department can avoid delays and cost overruns through early, detailed systems engineering before programs start. Auditors assessed nine DoD programs and …

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Tom Sharpe Offers Updates on GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Programs for FY 2016

The General Services Administration has provided updates on programs that the Federal Acquisition Service has launched during fiscal year 2016. Tom Sharpe, FAS commissioner at GSA, wrote in a blog post published Nov. 7 that the agency’s Acquisition Gateway, a platform that seeks to support category management, has reached 10,000 users in FY 2016. …

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Tom Sharpe: GSA Seeks to Update Multiple Award Schedules Program Through Transactional Data Reporting Rule

The General Services Administration has published a final rule that would require federal contractors to report transactional acquisition data as well as eliminate price reduction clause and commercial sales practices disclosure requirements for contractors. Tom Sharpe, commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at GSA, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday, the …

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GSA to Unveil Cloud-Based Contract Writing Platform Via Common Acquisition Platform Initiative

The General Services Administration plans to launch a cloud-based platform designed to help federal agencies facilitate the contract writing process and integrate with federal financial shared service providers as part of the Common Acquisition Platform program. GSA said Tuesday it expects to roll out the CAP Contract Writing System-as-a-Service application by the …

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