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GSA Makes Transactional Data Reporting Pilot Program Voluntary for Contractors

The General Services Administration has modified its Transactional Data Reporting rule to make the pilot program voluntary for government contractors that received multiple-award schedule contracts and special item numbers. Mary Davie, acting deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that the TDR rule offers an option …

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Report: Interagency Group Unveils Draft Acquisition Guide to Facilitate Federal Cloud Adoption

A group of technology executives from the Federal Communications Commission, General Services Administration and other federal agencies has released a draft guide that seeks to help agencies streamline the procurement process in order to increase the adoption of cloud platforms in the government, Nextgov reported Thursday. The Cloud Adoption Survival …

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Air Force Wants ‘Modular’ Architecture for Next ICBM Weapon System

The U.S. Air Force seeks an architecture that would allow the military branch’s future Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile to adapt to technological changes and emerging threats. The service branch awarded Boeing and Northrop Grumman separate contracts worth up to $677.7 million combined to conduct technology maturation and risk reduction activities over a …

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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 comes from an authorized reseller, Nextgov reported Monday. The report said NASA aims to restrict certain SEWP contracts to authorized resellers and prevent non-authorized vendors …

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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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