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CRS: DoD’s R&D, Test & Evaluation Appropriations Hit $65.5B in Fiscal 2015

A Congressional Research Service report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists shows that the Defense Department’s research, development, testing and evaluation appropriations reached $65.5 billion in fiscal year 2015, which accounted for 48.2 percent of $135.8 billion in total federal R&D appropriations for that year. Steven Aftergood wrote in a …

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CRS: US Led Global Conventional Arms Trade in 2015

A new report from the Congressional Research Service says the U.S. continued to lead the world in global conventional armaments trade during 2015 as overall weapons orders decreased to $79.8 billion in 2015 from $89 billion in 2014. The report titled “Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015” also revealed that the U.S. government’s global …

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Tom Sharpe Offers Updates on GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Programs for FY 2016

The General Services Administration has provided updates on programs that the Federal Acquisition Service has launched during fiscal year 2016. Tom Sharpe, FAS commissioner at GSA, wrote in a blog post published Nov. 7 that the agency’s Acquisition Gateway, a platform that seeks to support category management, has reached 10,000 users in FY 2016. …

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Kevin Youel Page: GSA to Update Acquisition Processes Under “Making It Easier” Phase 2

The General Services Administration plans to refine its acquisition process under the second phase of an agency initiative to provide tools and support for companies that aim to do business with the government. Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, wrote in a blog post published Monday the agency plans …

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GSA IG: 18F Group Records Estimated $31.7 Cumulative Net Loss Between FY 2014 and 3Q FY 2016

The General Services Administration‘s inspector general says GSA’s 18F organization has recorded a cumulative net loss of approximately $31.7 million between fiscal year 2014 and the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. A report GSA’s IG published Monday highlighted what auditors believe were financial projections and increased staffing levels as well as the allotment of staff time …

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GSA Seeks to Add ‘Other Direct Costs’ to Multiple-Award Schedule Program; Tom Sharpe Comments

The General Services Administration has released a new policy change proposal that seeks to add other direct costs to the Multiple Award Schedule program to support agency access to order-level materials. The proposed GSA Regulation rule is intended to help customer agencies and industry partners to respectively procure and provide OLMs through …

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Mary Davie: GSA Forms Single Telecom Services Program to Prepare for EIS Contract Award

The General Services Administration has combined one program office and 11 regional programs for network services to form a single national program that will work to facilitate the procurement of regional and wide-area network telecommunications services by federal agencies. Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the integrated technology service office at GSA’s Federal …

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GSA’s Tiffany Hixson: Bid Protests Unavoidable in Contract Award Processes

Tiffany Hixson of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service has described bid protests as an inevitable part of contract award processes, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Frank Konkel writes GSA officials have noted that bid protests seem unavoidable despite efforts to engage industry throughout the lifecycle of a bidding process. “I’m …

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