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Frank Kendall to Sign Reform Plan for DoD Services Acquisition Program

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall is set to sign a Department of Defense Instruction document to reform DoD’s $155 billion services acquisition program under the Better Buying Power 3.0 plan, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that Kendall is the final signatory on DoDI 5000.AC, which will place additional oversight …

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Thermopylae Sciences’ AJ Clark Calls for Cultural Shift in Defense Industry’s IT Acquisitions

A.J. Clark, president of Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, believes that a cultural shift is needed in the defense industry to update its acquisition process for information technologies and stimulate government IT development. “An acquisition process designed for large and unique weapon systems is becoming harder and harder to apply to technologies …

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Defense Department Honors Performance of Four Acquisition Programs; Frank Kendall Comments

The Pentagon has recognized four defense acquisition programs citing the initiatives’ focus on performance and cost savings, DoD News reported Friday. Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, presided over the 2014 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award and the Undersecretary …

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Frank Kendall Keeps Close Eye on NDAA Procurement Reform Provisions

Frank Kendall, the Defense Department acquisition chief, is keeping a close eye on 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provisions that relate to decision-making authority over military purchases, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. He told an audience at a Northern Virginia Technology Council breakfast event Tuesday that he believes military service leaders …

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POGO’s Scott Amey: GSA’s Proposal to Scrap Market Price Reporting Could Hinder Savings

The Project on Government Oversight has urged the General Services Administration to drop its proposal for the government to use prices previously paid for goods and services as the basis for procurement rather than actual commercial pricing. Scott Amey, POGO’s general counsel, writes in an opinion piece published Friday that GSA’s proposal for …

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GAO Releases Findings on Study of USAF’s Undefinitized Contract Actions

The Government Accountability Office has released a report of its findings on the U.S. Air Force‘s practices on awarding and reporting undefinitized contract actions to the Defense Department‘s Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy office. Timothy DiNapoli, director of acquisition and sourcing management at GAO, said Monday in a report to the Senate and House …

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