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GAO: DoD Must Bolster Stakeholder Coordination on Procurement Reforms

The Government Accountability Office has assessed the Department of Defense’s procurement reforms, and found that the Pentagon is working to implement 180 of these reforms since 2010. DoD, on average, takes about a year to implement a procurement reform, but spends more than two years to apply some provisions, GAO said Thursday

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GAO Finds Challenges to Monitor Major DoD Acquisition Programs

The Government Accountability Office called on the Pentagon to clarify acquisition oversight roles amid disagreement between the Office of the Secretary of Defense and military branches in monitoring how the agency buys technologies. A new report issued Wednesday highlights the challenges facing the Department of Defense in implementing reforms to restructure the oversight of defense acquisition programs.

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OMB Proposes Creation of Acquisition Modernization Test Board

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy within the Office of Management and Budget submitted six legislative proposals to Congress in April as part of its acquisition reform efforts, Federal News Network reported Monday. One of those proposals is the establishment of an acquisition modernization test board, which would update OFPP’s authority with regard to governmentwide procurement testing and create “test programs that promote incremental improvement of acquisition practices.”

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NASA Deputy Administrator Nominee James Morhard Highlights Priorities Prior to Confirmation Hearing

James Morhard, the White House’s nominee for NASA deputy administrator, says he plans to prioritize acquisition and financial reform, as well as advance the agency’s human spaceflight program, SpaceNews reported Thursday. “If confirmed, we will work to address the national space acquisition process, to radically reduce cost, improve schedules and …

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Hill Negotiators Agree on $692B Defense Authorization Plan for Fiscal 2018

A joint House-Senate conference committee has unveiled a compromise bill to authorize $692 billion in fiscal 2018 Defense Department spending, with $626 billion for base requirements and $66 billion for the overseas contingency operations account, Defense News reported Wednesday. The report said the conference plan would top a Budget Control Act spending …

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House Armed Services Panel Proposes $696B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2018

The House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill that would allocate $621.5 billion in defense base budget and $75 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal year 2018, The Hill reported Monday. HASC’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 reflects a $28.5 billion increase from President …

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Report: Rep. Mac Thornberry’s Bill Would Require DoD to Use Commercial Marketplaces for COTS Purchases

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has introduced a bill that seeks to encourage the Defense Department to use e-commerce marketplaces to procure commercial-off-the-shelf products as part of efforts to reform DoD’s acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. The bill released Thursday would direct DoD …

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IT Alliance for Public Sector Asks Trump to Build Up Govt Cybersecurity Through IT Modernization, Acquisition Reforms

A division of the Information Technology Industry Council has provided President-elect Donald Trump with several recommendations to help build up the cybersecurity posture of federal agencies. The IT Alliance for Public Sector asked Trump in a letter published Thursday to direct agencies to develop an inventory of information technology systems, software and …

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