Acquisition & Procurement

Deltek: Army Seeks to Facilitate Contracting Process Via New Directive

Ryan McCarthy, acting secretary of the U.S. Army, has released a new directive that aims to streamline the contracting process as part of the service branch’s Acquisition Reform Initiative, Deltek reported Tuesday. The Army Directive 2017-32 directs the service’s assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology to carry out several actions by …

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DoD, National Security Technology Accelerator Unveil Military Training & Readiness Partnership

The Defense Department and National Security Technology Accelerator have introduced a new public-private partnership program for military training and readiness during the Interservice, Industry Training, Simulations and Education Conference that took place in Florida, United Press International reported Friday. The Training and Readiness Accelerator program, a collaboration between the Army Contracting …

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Cybercom Holds Inaugural Industry Day to Discuss Acquisition Priorities

The U.S. Cyber Command held its first industry day on Oct. 27 at a National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility in Virginia to discuss with private sector stakeholders Cybercom’s acquisition priorities, the Defense Department reported Wednesday. Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, Cybercom chief, said in a video message that the command and industry should work …

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GAO: Bid Protests Down 7% in Fiscal Year 2017

The Government Accountability Office reported that the total number of protests filed with the agency to dispute federal contract awards hit 2,596 in fiscal year 2017, a figure that represents a 7 percent decline over the 2,789 recorded in the previous fiscal year. GAO told congressional committees in a report published Monday that contractors filed …

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Report: Reconciled FY 2018 Defense Policy Bill Contains ‘Amazon Amendment’

The fiscal 2018 defense spending bill introduced by a joint House-Senate conference committee includes an amendment that would potentially shift approximately $53 billion in annual purchases of commercial products by the Defense Department to e-commerce portals, Nextgov reported Monday. The Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act, also known as the Amazon amendment, in …

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