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John Sopko: Contractor Best Practices, Audit Publicity to Help Afghan Rebuilding Efforts

The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction spoke with a contractor group about the need for lessons learned to help the rebuilding efforts as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from the country, Government Executive reported Tuesday. Charles Clark writes John Sopko had a dialogue with the Professional Services Council about …

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OMB Unveils Data Act Revision Proposals

The Office of Management and Budget has given agencies a marked up version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 that contains several proposed revisions , Federal News Radio reported Monday. Jason Miller writes the revisions focus on financial data standards and publication of information to the USASpending.gov site, as indicated …

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Tony Montemarano, Dave Mihelcic: DISA Cloud Tech Procurement Strategy In The Works

The Defense Information Systems Agency wants to tailor contract vehicles for cloud computing infrastructures to meet the security requirements of Pentagon customers, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jared Serbu writes DISA officials said the agency is still considering offering commercial cloud products, despite scrapping a potential $450 million cloud services …

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GSA Launches Alliant GWAC Social Community

The General Services Administration has launched a new social media tool on the Interact.gsa.gov website in an effort to gain feedback from other agencies and industry partners. The community page is intended to facilitate “transparent and open” discussions pertaining to the Alliant II and Alliant Small Business II governmentwide acquisition contract …

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Frank Kendall: DoD to Adopt “Better Buying Power” Initiatives

Frank Kendall, Pentagon acquisition chief, said he will reinforce buying power best practices for the department’s procurement process to guide stakeholders in meeting cost requirements, Defense News reported Wednesday. Marcus Weisgerber writes that Kendall told the publication in an interview that the Defense Department Instruction 5000.02 policy document has been updated …

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GAO Evaluates GSA’s Telecom Network Transition Delays

The Government Accountability Office has cited complex acquisition processes and weak project planning as among the factors that delayed the General Services Administration’s telecommunications network transition. Complex procurement processes were associated with duplicative contracts, large number of service options and changes to the competition changes were among the issues auditors …

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