Acquisition & Procurement

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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IG Recommends DoD Update Contract Mgmt System, COR Designation Sample Template

The Defense Department Office of Inspector General has called on procurement and logistics officials at DoD to update the military’s contract management system and the designation sample template form for a contracting officer’s representative. IG said Tuesday it reviewed 16 contracts as part of a review of COR performance in the Combined/Joint Operations …

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GAO: Defense Secretary Should Instruct Army to Develop Oversight Mechanisms for Patriot Missile System Upgrade Strategy

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Defense Secretary should direct the U.S. Army to establish oversight mechanisms similar to defense acquisition program systems if development for upgrades operationally tested with Post Deployment Build-8 is required. GAO said in a report published Thursday the Army plans to spend $2.9 billion …

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Deborah Lee James: Air Force Seeks to Expedite FMS Process Via Training Program for Security Cooperation Officers

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has said the service branch plans to implement several measures that seek to speed up the foreign military sales process, the USAF said Thursday. James told event attendees at the State Department’s Foreign Press Center in New York Wednesday that the military branch will work to develop a …

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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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Anne Rung, Tony Scott: OMB’s Category Mgmt Policy Seeks to Streamline Mobile Device Procurement

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a policy that aims to facilitate the procurement and management of mobile devices and related services by federal agencies through category management. OMB’s Category Management Policy 16-3 seeks to reduce duplicate mobile contracts and help agencies manage their mobile service inventories, Federal Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung and …

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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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DoD Issues Final Rule on Selection of Electronic Parts Sources

The Defense Department has issued a final rule that will amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to implement a National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012 requirement on the purchase of electronic parts for military systems. DoD said in a Federal Register notice published Tuesday the new policy is meant to help defense contractors …

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