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DISA Seeks to Accelerate Acquisition Process With ‘Other Transaction Authority’

The Defense Information Systems Agency has started adopting the “other transaction authority” as a contracting method to facilitate the acquisition process and speed up the delivery of new technology platforms designed to meet warfighters’ requirements. “Many of the companies we’re dealing with are small start-ups,” Scott Stewart, technical director at …

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Advisory Panel Calls for DoD to Improve Acquisition Through Portfolio Mgmt Structure Adoption

An advisory group that Congress created through the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act has issued a report that calls for the Defense Department to transition from a program-focused management structure to an “enterprise capability portfolio management” framework in order to improve the acquisition system, National Defense reported Thursday. The Section 809 …

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Air Force Sets Time Frame for UH-1N Replacement Deliveries

The U.S. Air Force expects to award an UH-1N Huey replacement contract later this year and aims to deliver new utility helicopters to multiple bases in the 2020-2032 time frame. USAF said Wednesday it will buy aircraft designed to support nuclear deterrence, test and training, continuation of government operations and survival school support operations. The service branch …

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Ellen Lord: Defense Acquisition Policy Needs Reform

Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Defense Department, said at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference held Thursday that DoD should reform its acquisition process for information technology modernization programs, Federal News Radio reported Friday. In line with this, Lord said that she and her staff develop acquisition …

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GAO Pushes Continued Effort to Manage Government IT Investments

The Government Accountability Office has found through a study that there are still a number of actions the government has to take in order to improve the management of information technology procurement. These actions encompass further review of chief information officer responsibilities, IT contract approval, data center consolidation, software license management and security …

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