Acquisition & Procurement

Carter: DoD Open to Small Defense Mergers

The Defense Department realizes defense company mergers are a reality in an era of tight budgets, the Pentagon’s procurement chief said in a Wall Street address yesterday. In fact, DoD is even open to such mergers and acquisitions. But, in return, the Pentagon expects companies to operate more transparently and …

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More DHS In-sourcing Coming?

The Department of Homeland Security recently finished reviewing about 100 service contracts, and the next step could be bringing some  positions in house through in-sourcing, according to a report in Federal Times. DHS also plans to review every existing and future contract. The contracts that have thus far been reviewed …

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Army Secretary Halts In-sourcing

The Army is halting ongoing in-sourcing plans, effective immediately, according to a memo from Army Secretary John McHugh released earlier this week. In its place, McHugh said any plans to phase private contractor positions into in-house government ones would have to cross his desk. “In an era of significantly constrained …

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Senate Committee Mulls Future of DCAA

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held hearings yesterday on the fate and the future of contracting oversight, taking testimony from diametrically opposed sides. On one hand, watchdog groups advocated for a beefed up role for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (which, belying its name, also audits most …

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