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GSA Expands Human Resource Multiple-Award Schedule

The General Services Administration has begun to restructure its multiple-award procurement vehicle for human resource services in an effort to address contract redundancy and simplify the acquisition process for such service offerings. GSA said Wednesday its Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity Multiple Award Schedule 738 X has been renamed Human Capital Management and Administrative Support …

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GAO: Congress Should Delay $9B Frigate Block Buy Until More Data Becomes Available on Ship Design, Cost

The Government Accountability Office has called on Congress to delay its decision on the U.S. Navy’s authority request for a block purchase of 12 frigates worth approximately $9 billion in fiscal year 2018 until more data is available about the ship’s design, cost and capabilities. GAO said in a report published Tuesday that …

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Report: Pentagon Begins AT&L Separation Into 2 Mission Areas

The Defense Department has begun preliminary work to divide its current acquisition, technology and logistics organization into two offices to comply with a fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act provision, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Scott Maucione writes Congress asked DoD to submit an implementation plan for the AT&L reorganization effort in August and complete the establishment of …

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Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch: Air Force May Seek ‘Anomalies’ For Nuclear Modernization Programs Under Full-Year CR

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy to the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition, has said the service branch may have to ask for “anomalies” or consent from Congress to fund its nuclear modernization programs if lawmakers resort to a full-year continuing resolution, Defense News reported Tuesday. Bunch told Defense News in an interview …

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GAO: DHS Should Set Time Frame to Identify Non-Major Purchases

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Department of Homeland Security establish a time frame for DHS component agencies to identify acquisitions that are less than $300 million. GAO said Thursday it found that DHS components lack information to effectively manage non-major acquisition programs because they cannot “confidently” identify such projects. DHS agencies …

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Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch: Air Force May Discard Plans to Qualify 2nd Ejection Seat for F-35A

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy to the Air Force‘s assistant secretary for acquisition, has said the service branch is likely to scrap plans to qualify a second ejection seat for the Lockheed Martin-built F-35A aircraft if the Martin-Baker-made US16E seat meets all requirements, Defense News reported Monday. Bunch told Defense News in …

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GAO: Federal Agencies’ Annual IDIQ Contract Obligations Exceeded $130B in Fiscal Years 2011-2015

The Government Accountability Office has found that federal agencies spent more than $130 billion per year on indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts between fiscal years 2011 and 2015. GAO said in a report published Thursday that figure represented about a third of the federal government’s total contract obligations. The report also identified the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, …

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GSA Begins Source Selection Phase for Alliant 2 IT Contract Vehicle’s Unrestricted Portion

The General Services Administration has started the source selection process for the unrestricted section of the potential 10-year, Alliant 2 governmentwide acquisition contract for information technology products and services. John Cavadias, lead contracting officer for Alliant 2, wrote in a blog entry posted Friday that GWAC procuring contracting officers and acquisition team evaluators may …

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Kevin Youel Page: GSA Plans to Make Transactional Data Reporting Pilot Voluntary

The General Services Administration has begun to consider whether to lift a mandate that requires commercial vendors to participate in a three-year pilot program for transactional data reporting process, Nextgov reported Thursday. “We’re getting very close to getting to the decision to remove that requirement,” Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner of GSA’s …

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