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DoD Proposes Rule for Increased Congress Oversight on Multi-Year Defense Contracts

The Defense Department has proposed a new rule that would facilitate increased oversight by Congress on the department’s multi-year contract procurement activities, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Scott Maucione writes that the rule would require the defense secretary to certify if a potential multi-year contract meets certain specifications and alert congressional …

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DoD Gives Extension for Vendors to Implement NIST Cloud Security Requirements

The Defense Department has issued an interim rule that amends a provision in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to enable contractors to implement National Institute of Standards and Technology security requirements through Dec. 31, 2017. A notice posted Wednesday on the Federal Register indicated that the extension is in response …

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Anne Rung, Tony Scott: OMB Seeks Comments on Software Acquisition Directive

The Office of Management and Budget seeks public feedback on a proposed directive that details policies on how federal agencies can manage and procure software licenses in compliance with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The Category Management Policy 16-1 was drafted in response to a recent Government Accountability Office report, …

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GAO’s Ralph White: Most Federal Acquisition Programs Fall Within Legal Boundaries

Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for procurement law at the Government Accountability Office, said the GAO has found agencies comply with regulations when they implement the majority of their acquisition initiatives, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes White added the number of contractor protests for task and …

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Soraya Correa: DHS Preps Professional Services Vendors for Agency’s OASIS Vehicle Transition

The Department of Homeland Security has started to prepare for its adoption of a General Services Administration-run professional services contract vehicle as part of DHS’ strategic sourcing efforts, FCW reported Wednesday. Mark Rockwell writes DHS asked its Technical, Acquisition and Business Support Services vendors to collaborate with providers under GSA’s …

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FCW: Omnibus Bill Includes IT Oversight Exemption Language for Nat’l Labs

Congress unveiled a fiscal 2016 appropriations bill that contains language to exempt Energy Department-funded research centers from a spending oversight requirement stated in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, FCW reported Wednesday. FITARA gives agency chief information officers authority over IT budgeting and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has told FCW that he …

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GAO: DoD Should Update Acquisition Workforce Plan

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Defense Department update its plan for DoD’s acquisition workforce and release guidance on the utilization of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund. GAO made the recommendation after an analysis showed six of the 13 acquisition-related career areas did not meet growth objectives DoD crafted in 2010 as part of its …

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Four Councils Offer Recommendations to Improve Federal IT Acquisition; Dave Wennergren Comments

The Professional Services Council and three other technology organizations have released a joint document that lists six guiding principles on how the federal government can improve its acquisitions of technology products and services from the private sector. PSC drafted the white paper titled “Delivering Results: A Framework for Federal Government Technology Access & …

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Denise Turner Roth: GSA Adjusts Strategies to Address Federal Agency Purchases

Denise Turner Roth, head of the General Services Administration, told Federal Times in an interview published Tuesday that GSA has made technology and program changes to further help customer agencies manage their purchases. She told editor Jill Aitoro the agency wants to help transform government-wide acquisition with the implementation of a category management …

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