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GAO: NASA, DoD, NOAA Spent $43B on Cost-Reimbursement Contracts for Satellite Procurement Programs

The Government Accountability Office assessed 19 satellite acquisition programs at NASA, Defense Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and found that the agencies obligated approximately $43.1 billion on cost-reimbursement contracts for such programs. GAO said in a report published Friday that DoD, NOAA and NASA spent $9 billion on fixed-price-incentive …

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House Bill Seeks to Increase Contract Participation of Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Reps. Neal Dunn (R-Florida) and Jimmy Paneta (D-California) have introduced a bill seeks to increase the number of service-disabled veteran-owned and veteran-owned small businesses represented on the General Services Administration‘s contracts. The Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with GSA to provide SDVOSBs …

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Report: Rep. Mac Thornberry’s Bill Would Require DoD to Use Commercial Marketplaces for COTS Purchases

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has introduced a bill that seeks to encourage the Defense Department to use e-commerce marketplaces to procure commercial-off-the-shelf products as part of efforts to reform DoD’s acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. The bill released Thursday would direct DoD …

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John Bergin: DoD Eyes Use of Blockchain Tech in Standard Parts Production

The Defense Department aims to use additive manufacturing techniques in conjunction with  blockchain technology in efforts to address intellectual property challenges related to the production of military standard parts, GCN reported Monday. John Bergin, business technology officer at DoD’s Office of the Chief Information Officer, told a defense contracting forum Friday the U.S. Navy‘s carriers can …

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Jay Carr: Contractor Engagement Key in Army Procurement Process

Jay Carr, executive director of the Army Contracting Command, has said that contractors should be well-trained and ready to help U.S. Army commanders implement technology they need to execute a mission. Carr added that he believes companies and government officials need to collaborate early in the acquisition planning process and throughout the procurement cycle, according to …

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GSA’s Mary Davie Outlines IT Industry Feedback on Federal Acquisition

Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for the office of information technology category at the General Services Administration, has met with more than 50 representatives from IT services companies to discuss government contracting issues. Davie wrote in a blog post published Tuesday industry members want government acquisition and program personnel to be more accessible and respond …

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