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Denise Turner Roth: USDS Launches New Portal on GSA Website to Offer Digital Services Procurement Advice

The U.S. Digital Service has added a new online portal to the General Services Administration’s Acquisition Gateway website that aims to provide government agencies information on how to procure digital services, Federal News Radio reported Monday. GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth announced the launch of the TechFAR Hub during her keynote speech …

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Deltek’s Alex Rossino: Non-Military Service DoD Spending on IT Goods to Decline Through 2020

Spending on information technology goods and services by Defense Department agencies excluding the military services will record a negative growth rate of 0.2 percent from fiscal year 2016 to 2021, according to Deltek research analyst Alex Rossino. Rossino wrote in a blog post published Wednesday the firm’s “Federal Information Technology Market, 2016-2021 Forecast Report” has …

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Navy, Coast Guard Plan New Joint Polar Icebreaker Office; Charles Michel Comments

The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard plan to create a joint program office that will be responsible for the acquisition of a new polar icebreaker, Navy Times reported Thursday. The chief of staff for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California), chairman of the House Transportation Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee, told reporter Meghann Myers the …

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William Roper: DoD Should Facilitate Prototyping of Tech Platforms

William Roper, director of the Defense Department’s strategic capabilities office, has said DoD should exercise flexibility when it comes to requirements of weapons systems and other acquisition programs, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Scott Maucione writes Roper said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event Wednesday that the Pentagon …

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GAO Finds Incomplete Historical Data on Canceled DoD Solicitations

The Government Accountability Office has found incomplete historical data available from government sources to analyze the Defense Department‘s canceled solicitations. GAO said Wednesday DoD officials indicated the department does not track data on canceled solicitations and that data available on the Federal Business Opportunities portal is not in a format suitable for trend analysis. …

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OMB Issues Policy on Use of Govt-Wide BPAs for Identity Protection Services

The Office of Management and Budget has released a policy that requires federal agencies to use the General Services Administration’s blanket purchase agreements to acquire data breach response, credit monitoring and identity protection services. U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung wrote in a memorandum published Friday the category management policy directs GSA …

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Breaking Defense: Army Rapid Capabilities Office Mulls Offers for Electronic Warfare Gear

The U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities Office continues to review proposals from contractors for potential $50 million-to-$100 million contracts to acquire electronic warfare gear, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Sydney Freedberg writes Army Secretary Eric Fanning works to lead the service branch’s efforts to address its acquisition system through a system similar to the U.S. Air …

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GSA Issues Final Transactional Data Reporting Rule; Tom Sharpe Comments

The General Services Administration has released a final rule on its transactional data reporting process in an effort to help simplify the tracking and disclosure requirements for federal contractors. GSA said Wednesday the rule will be published on Thursday and is applicable across the agency’s contract vehicles for information related to government purchases of goods and …

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Mike Poth Offers Updates on FirstNet’s Acquisition Process for Public Safety Broadband Network at Senate Hearing

Mike Poth, CEO of the First Responder Network Authority, has testified before the members of a Senate Commerce subcommittee to discuss the procurement process for the proposed national public safety broadband network for first responders. Poth said in his testimony Tuesday that FirstNet’s source selection team has started the evaluation of …

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