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Anne Rung, Tony Scott: OMB Seeks Comments on Software Acquisition Directive

The Office of Management and Budget seeks public feedback on a proposed directive that details policies on how federal agencies can manage and procure software licenses in compliance with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The Category Management Policy 16-1 was drafted in response to a recent Government Accountability Office report, …

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GAO’s Ralph White: Most Federal Acquisition Programs Fall Within Legal Boundaries

Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for procurement law at the Government Accountability Office, said the GAO has found agencies comply with regulations when they implement the majority of their acquisition initiatives, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes White added the number of contractor protests for task and …

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GAO: DoD Should Update Acquisition Workforce Plan

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Defense Department update its plan for DoD’s acquisition workforce and release guidance on the utilization of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund. GAO made the recommendation after an analysis showed six of the 13 acquisition-related career areas did not meet growth objectives DoD crafted in 2010 as part of its …

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CBO: DHS CBRNE Defense Act Would Cost GAO $1M

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the Department of Homeland Security CBRNE Defense Act will cost the Government Accountability Office $1 million in report preparations from 2016 to 2017. H.R. 3875 requires GAO to submit a report to Congress about DHS’ research and development work on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear …

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Nextgov: Sen. Ron Johnson Raises Concerns Over Governmentwide ‘Einstein’ Cyber Tool Adoption

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has said a classified audit report by the Government Accountability Office proves that a tool that works to detect cyber threats is not widely adopted across government agencies, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Aliya Sternstein writes the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the cyber surveillance tool, did not disclose the …

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GAO: DHS Should Identify BioWatch Gen-2 Platform Capabilities Before System Update

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Department of Homeland Security determine the technical capabilities of a system that works to detect biological attacks before DHS introduces upgrades to the platform. GAO’s recommendation follows a finding that DHS did not craft performance requirements that would allow the agency to analyze test results and evaluate the capability of the BioWatch …

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GAO: Sector-Specific Agencies Should Develop Metrics for Cyber Risk Mitigation Efforts

The Government Accountability Office has urged sector-specific agencies responsible for 12 critical infrastructure sectors to work with sector partners to craft performance metrics and measures to improve the way they report outcomes of their cyber threat mitigation efforts. GAO said in a report published Thursday SSAs that have created metrics for their …

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GAO Recommends DARPA Assess Military Tech Transition Strategies

The Government Accountability Office has urged the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to perform regular assessments on the Defense Department‘s efforts to move innovations from experimental phase into acquisition and deployment stages. GAO made the recommendation after an analysis showed inconsistencies in how DARPA evaluates outcomes of technology transition programs at the department, …

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