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Estonia Unveils New Defense Procurement Organization

Estonia has launched a new defense organization that will work to consolidate procurements of the country’s defense ministry and subordinate establishments. The defense ministry said Monday the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments will also oversee defense construction activity and property management. Estonian Defense Minister Margus Tsahkna said ECDI will free defense forces from non-military …

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Trey Hodgkins: Industry Seeks Collaboration With Incoming Administration to Address Govt IT, Cyber Challenges

Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president of the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector, said the technology industry wants to collaborate with the incoming administration to help address cybersecurity, IT modernization and procurement challenges in the federal government, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Terry Wing writes that Hodgkins said there is a common understanding within the …

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Pentagon Officials Recognize DoD Staff, Military Organizations at Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards

Frank Kendall, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, recognized several Defense Department personnel and military organizations during the Defense Acquisition Workforce awards held Thursday in Virginia, DoD News reported Thursday. Amaani Lyle writes Kendall discussed at the event DoD’s efforts to develop data-driven procurement policies as part of the Better …

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Army Seeks to Facilitate Robotic Vehicle Deployment Through New Acquisition Program; Bryan McVeigh Comments

The U.S. Army has put a robotic vehicle into a new program that seeks to expedite the acquisition process and facilitate the deployment of new technology platforms to soldiers, the National Defense Magazine reported Friday. Stew Magnuson writes service branch officials told Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference attendees …

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Katrina McFarland, Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson Talk Army’s Acquisition Reform Efforts, Procurement Priorities

Katrina McFarland, acquisition chief at the U.S. Army; and Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, principal military deputy to the service branch’s acquisition chief; have discussed acquisition reform initiatives and procurement priorities at the military branch, Defense News reported Wednesday. McFarland told Defense News reporter Jen Judson in an interview about the involvement …

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GAO Study Identifies VA Procurement Process Mgmt Challenges

The Government Accountability Office has identified various factors such as incomplete data and outdated policies that GAO says pose challenges to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ buying process. GAO said Friday it observed that insufficient recording of procurement data limits VA’s view of department spending and that its fragmented procurement policy framework prevents contracting officers from …

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Pentagon Creates Advisory Panel on Streamlining Acquisition Process

The Defense Department has launched an advisory panel with a two-year charter to help streamline the military’s acquisition process, Defense News reported Tuesday. Aaron Mehta writes Deidre Lee, a former director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy and previously a Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator, will lead the Advisory Panel on Streamlining …

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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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