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Stephen Welby: At Least 200 Silicon Valley Firms Reached Out to DoD Innovation Hub

The Defense Department wants to forge relationships with Silicon Valley firms in an effort to address intellectual property rights and government acquisition issues, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Scott Maucione writes the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental seeks to reach out to Silicon Valley companies and invest in man-machine teaming, autonomous …

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GAO: Coordination Key to Identify DoD’s Professional Services Acquisition Needs

A Government Accountability Office report says the Defense Department should establish a coordinated approach for military organizations to forecast and manage funding requirements for professional services contracts. GAO said Thursday it found that DoD obligated about $85 billion for the acquisition of research and development, facility management and knowledge-based services during fiscal 2014, …

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GAO: TSA Moves to Address Security Tech Acquisition Issues

The Transportation Security Administration has adopted procedures and policies to comply with a new federal law that calls for technology acquisition process reform at the agency, according to a Government Accountability Office report. GAO said Wednesday the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act is meant to help TSA increase accountability and transparency when it …

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Darlene Costello Named Principal Deputy Asst Sec for Acquisition, Logistics at USAF

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has appointed Defense Department veteran Darlene Costello to serve as principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics at the military branch. Costello succeeds Richard Lombardi, who has been reassigned to a non-acquisition role within the Air Force, the service announced Thursday. She has served as principal deputy assistant secretary for …

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Sens. Kirk, Gillibrand Push New Bill to Speed Up Electronic Warfare Acquisition

Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have proposed a bill that seeks to provide the Defense Department with more flexibility in terms of allocation of funds for electronic warfare platforms. The proposed Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act would also incorporate EW platforms into the Rapid Acquisition Authority Program in an effort to …

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DoD IG: Transcom Contracting Staff Need Training to Better Monitor GPC III Contractors’ Performance

The Defense Department‘s inspector general has called on U.S. Transportation Command to equip its contracting staff with system tools and training in order to properly track the performance of vendors under the Global Privately Owned Vehicle Contract III program. DoD IG said in a report published Wednesday it performed an audit …

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GAO: DHS Should Modify Testing, Evaluation Process for Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter Program

The Government Accountability Office has urged the Department of Homeland Security to modify the administration process during the testing and evaluation phase of the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter program. GAO said in a report published Wednesday the Coast Guard should work to define key performance parameters for the operation of cutter boats under the …

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