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Sen. Tom Carper Asks OMB for Info on Federal Cyber Defense Tech Acquisition Process

Sen. Tom Carper has asked Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan to provide information about OMB’s efforts to help agencies accelerate their procurement and implementation of cyber defense tools. Carper told Donovan in a letter published Thursday that he wants the OMB to submit its response to the Senate Homeland Security and …

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Denise Turner Roth: GSA Exceeded FY 2015 Goal for Contracts to Woman-Owned Small Firms

Denise Turner Roth, head of the General Services Administration, has said the agency exceeded its goal to award 5 percent of its federal contracts to women-owned small businesses Roth said Monday the agency awarded nearly 10 percent, or approximately $350 million, in federal contracts to women-owned small firms in fiscal year 2015. She also …

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GAO: Pentagon’s Automated IT Program Reporting Needs Improvement

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Defense Department to implement corrective actions for reporting of critical changes related to schedule, cost or system performance goals of DoD’s major automated information system programs. GAO said Wednesday it evaluated 18 MAIS acquisition efforts at the department that experienced a critical program change and found that …

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Anne Rung, Tony Scott: OMB Seeks to Improve Mobile Device, Service Acquisition Through New Policy

The Office of Management and Budget has released a policy that seeks to improve the way federal agencies acquire and manage mobile devices and related services in compliance with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. OMB drafted Category Management Policy 16-2 in an effort to improve pricing and reduce duplication of contracts …

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Denise Turner Roth: GSA Should Ensure Small Businesses Have Access to Federal Contracting Tools

Denise Turner Roth, head of the General Services Administration, has launched an effort to make it easier for small businesses to access data and tools related to the federal contracting process. “We must ensure that our agency provides opportunities for suppliers across the board, most especially small, young and women-owned businesses,” Roth …

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DoD’s Procurement, Acquisition Policy Arm to Update Contract Type Guidelines

The Defense Department‘s procurement and acquisition policy organization is looking to update its guidance on types of contracts in an effort to clarify requirements for industry partners, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Meredith Somers writes DPAP Director Claire Grady aims to publish two sets of guidelines that address contract types and source selection respectively before …

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GAO: DHS Moves to Address Acquisition Management Challenges

The Department of Homeland Security has made progress on its efforts to address acquisition, human capital, information technology and financial management problems across the 22-agency organization, according to a Government Accountability Office report. GAO said Wednesday the department has fully addressed 10 of the 30 actions and outcomes related to those four …

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Reports: Mac Thornberry to Unveil Weapons Acquisition Reform Bill

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) plans to introduce a bill that seeks to reform the Defense Department‘s processes for acquisitions of weapons systems, Defense News reported Tuesday. Joe Gould writes Thornberry will likely integrate the proposed legislation with the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that he plans to introduce in April. That …

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