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OFPP’s Joanie Newhart: Gov’t Updates Federal Acquisition Certification to Address Training

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the Federal Acquisition Institute have updated the federal acquisition certification in contracting to offer information technology procurement training, FCW reported Wednesday. Troy Schneider writes the revised certification will take effect on Oct. 1 to coordinate a four-week class in line with the Defense …

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DISA Wants Contractors’ Feedback on Comms & Tech Support for CENTCOM in SW Asia

The Defense Information Systems Agency has issued a draft solicitation for a contract covering communications technology and related support for U.S. Air Forces Central Command operations in Southwest Asia. DISA said Friday that the Communications Technical Support Services program aims to support AFCENT networks used to facilitate data transmissions among …

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Frank Kendall: Military Could Use Weapons Cost Oversight Framework for IT Projects

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said Wednesday that the military should consider applying the Nunn-McCurdy oversight law used for weapons programs to information technology projects, FCW reported Wednesday. Sean Lyngaas writes that Kendall testified about IT procurement at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday. “When we have a program …

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Dan Tangherlini: GSA, OPM to Help Agencies Acquire HR Services Through Contract Vehicle

The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management will jointly craft a strategic sourcing vehicle for helping agencies fulfill their human capital and workforce training requirements. OPM and GSA personnel will manage the bidding and awarding process for the multiple-award Training and Management Assistance contract, GSA said Monday. …

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Dennis Smith: MBDA’s DC Business Hub Aims to Help Minority-Owned Firms Land Gov’t Contracts

The Minority Business Development Agency will open a new business center in Washington to help facilitate investment, contracting and business opportunities for minority-owned companies. Performance-based Solutions Inc. will run the D.C. Capitol MBDA Business Center and the hub will receive $900,000 in federal grants over three years to support women and minority …

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Lawmakers Ask Industry Groups to Offer Defense Procurement Recommendations

Senate and House armed services committee leaders have enlisted nine trade groups to review the Pentagon’s weapons acquisition system and make recommendations to streamline the process, National Defense Magazine reported Sunday. Sandra Erwin writes that armed services committees from both chambers of Congress also asked those industry associations to specify …

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