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Heidi Shyu, Sean Stackley, William LaPlante Testify on Defense Acquisition Reform

Top acquisition officials from U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy have testified before a Senate panel on efforts to reform the military’s processes and drive effectivity and responsiveness to needs, DoD News reported Thursday. Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes that Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, told the Senate Armed Services …

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Tony Scott: FITARA to Align CIO Roles, Federal IT Spending

Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act will pave the way for government CIOs to shape and align technology spending, Nextgov reported Thursday. Frank Konkel writes that Scott’s experience in the private sector can give insight into how FITARA drives the “conversation” on IT budgets and investments. “Eighty percent …

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Frank Kendall: BBP Initiative Promotes ‘Incremental’ Defense Acquisition Reform

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has said the Defense Department‘s strategy for Better Buying Power is to reform the department-wide acquisition system through “incremental progress,” DoD News reported Monday. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone Marshall Jr. writes Kendall told an audience at the Brookings Institution that the earlier BBP iterations …

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Jeffrey Koses: GSA Proposes Data Reporting Rule Change for Multiple Award Schedules

The General Services Administration will implement a series of changes to the Multiple Award Schedules program in order to address concerns over price variability, flexibility and regulatory complexities Jeffrey Koses, a senior procurement executive at GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy, said Monday on the GSA blog that the agency will propose a new rule for transactional data reporting, a class …

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Tiffany Hixson: GSA Moves Forward with Professional Services Contract Vehicles Consolidation

The General Services Administration is working with industry to implement a consolidated professional services contract schedule for vendors and customer agencies by November, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jason Miller writes Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said the consolidation effort is aimed to make …

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Shay Assad: Pentagon Seeks New Commercial Suppliers Through Acquisition Revamp

The Defense Department will revise its defense acquisition policies in a move to attract new commercial suppliers into the weapons market, Reuters reported Tuesday. Andrea Shalal writes the department will decide whether aerospace components are commercial or in need of military-exclusive cost analysis within 10 days under a new memo. Shay Assad, director …

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Navy to Integrate Commercial Tech into Networks; Dan DelGrosso, Paul Ghyzel Comment

The U.S. Navy plans to consolidate commercial technologies into the service’s networks while retaining existing federal acquisition rules in a move to accelerate the information technology acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Jared Serbu writes the Navy’s program executive office for enterprise information systems will launch what it calls …

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