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Tom Sharpe: Federal Acquisition Service to Measure Common Acquisition Platform Hallway Performance

Tom Sharpe, commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration, has announced plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the 17 hallways FAS has rolled out in its Common Acquisition Platform, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Sharpe told the station FAS will collaborate with the Office of Management and Budget to …

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Mark Schwartz: Agile Contracting Model Helps CIS Speed Up IT Service Acquisition

Mark Schwartz, chief information officer of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has said CIS has adopted an agile method to help expedite the acquisition of information technology systems and services within the agency, Federal Times reported Thursday. Schwartz said the agency’s Flexible Agile Development Services contracting model has shorter …

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Deloitte’s Beth McGrath Calls for IT Acquisition Process Reform, Cultural Change at Pentagon

Beth McGrath, former deputy chief management officer at the Defense Department, has called for a cultural change and reform in the process of acquiring information technology platforms at DoD. McGrath, now a director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, wrote in a Breaking Defense opinion piece published Wednesday that agency leaders should align …

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DoD Officials Remain Concerned Over Section 843 of Defense Authorization Bill

Some former and current Defense Department officials are calling for an alternative acquisition reform proposal to the policy bill promoted by Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), National Defense Magazine reported Saturday. Sandra Erwin writes that officials at the Center for Strategic and International Studies panel Friday have expressed …

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GSA Launches Online Tool for High Volume IT Purchases; Kelly Clark Comments

The General Services Administration has introduced an online platform for federal agencies to place bulk orders for hard drives, computer monitors and other information technology products, FCW reported Thursday. Mark Rockwell writes GSA launched the Advantage Select tool under the National IT Commodity Program of the Federal Acquisition Service. The …

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John McCain: Defense Acquisition Reform Ideas Aimed at Accountability, ‘Unwarranted Optimism’

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in an interview Wednesday that his defense acquisition reform efforts work to address his concerns over accountability and “unwarranted optimism” in acquisition programs. McCain told Ryan Evans of War on the Rocks that giving a bigger role to service chiefs …

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Frank Kendall Urges Defense Acquisition Staff to Help Increase DoD’s Tech Capacity

Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, has encouraged the Defense Department‘s procurement employees to always consider technical and cost factors when they buy technologies, DoD News reported Wednesday. “We can all get better at what we do,” Kendall told nearly 1,000 DoD acquisition staff during a forum …

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Report: Senate’s 2016 NDAA Version Contains DoD Acquisition Reforms

Provisions in the Senate’s version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act contain a series of changes to the Defense Department‘s acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Jared Serbu writes that amendments submitted by the Senate Armed Services Committee work to decentralize acquisition program authority to the service chiefs, while the Office of the …

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John Marshall: Legislation Needed to Increase Govt Adoption of Shared Service Strategies

The U.S. government needs legislation to encourage federal agencies to implement more outsourcing methods for their organizational processes, according to John Marshall, founder and CEO of the Shared Services Leadership Coalition. Marshall wrote in an opinion piece for FCW published Monday that he believes making shared service requirements into law …

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Report: Frank Kendall Concerned Over Timing of John McCain’s DoD Acquisition Reform Plans

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall believes Sen. John McCain‘s (R-Ariz.) move to give greater authority on defense acquisition programs to service chiefs may still result in cost and schedule issues, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Colin Clark writes that Kendall told the publication in an exclusive interview about his concerns on …

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