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GSA Issues Final Transactional Data Reporting Rule; Tom Sharpe Comments

GSA

The General Services Administration has released a final rule on its transactional data reporting process in an effort to help simplify the tracking and disclosure requirements for federal contractors. GSA said Wednesday the rule will be published on Thursday and is applicable across the agency’s contract vehicles for information related to government purchases of goods and …

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LaVerne Council: VA Aims to Simplify, Secure IT Processes With Cloud Tech

LaVerne Council

LaVerne Council, chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, highlighted the VA’s plan to buy cloud computing services and its other information technology modernization efforts during an interview with FCW published Friday. She told FCW the department issued a request for information on cloud support services as part of a procurement strategy aimed at simplifying IT …

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DOT Freezes IT Procurements to Kick Off FITARA Implementation; Richard McKinney Comments

Department of Transportation

The Transportation Department has paused procurements for new technology while waiting for the completion of an inventory over DOT’s information technology properties, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes the IT buy suspension marks the department’s first step to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. Richard McKinney, DOT’s chief information officer, said …

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Jim Piche: GSA to Issue Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation-as-a-Service Task Orders by August

cyber

The General Services Administration plans to award the next set of task orders under the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program in an effort to provide 41 small agencies access to cybersecurity services through cloud-based shared services, FCW reported Wednesday. Mark Rockwell writes Jim Piche, group manager of GSA’s federal …

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CBO: HASC’s FY 2017 Defense Authorization Bill to Reduce DoD Direct Spending by $206M Over 10 Years

Budget

A new Congressional Budget Office report says the enactment of the House Armed Services Committee’s defense policy bill for fiscal year 2017 would reduce the Defense Department’s direct spending by approximately $206 million over the next 10 years. CBO said in a report published Wednesday that the allocation of $603.3 billion in …

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PSC Urges House Committee Not to Consider Bid Protest Process Reform Proposals

ContractSigning

The Professional Services Council has voiced concerns about two potential amendments to a fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would reform the current bid protest process for government contracts. PSC said Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee should forego consideration of measures that the council believes would not help lessen the …

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Report: Pentagon Mulls Maritime Surveillance Assistance to U.K.

Poseidon

The Defense Department plans to explore options on how it can assist the U.K. in maritime surveillance efforts before the British military receives its first P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft from the U.S., Defense News reported Tuesday. According to the story by Aaron Mehta, the U.K. seeks to procure up to nine Boeing-built P-8s as part of efforts to increase …

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DOJ, FTC: Consolidation Reviews Key to Ensure Fair Defense Market Competition

market-research

The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department have pledged to continue to work with the Defense Department to ensure that planned mergers and acquisitions in the defense industry will not impair competition among contractors. “Our mission in reviewing proposed defense industry consolidation is to ensure that our military continues to receive …

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Anne Rung, Tony Scott: OMB Seeks to Improve Mobile Device, Service Acquisition Through New Policy

mobile device management

The Office of Management and Budget has released a policy that seeks to improve the way federal agencies acquire and manage mobile devices and related services in compliance with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. OMB drafted Category Management Policy 16-2 in an effort to improve pricing and reduce duplication of contracts …

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