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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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John McCain: Cyber, Cost-Plus Contracts, Sequestration on Agenda for SASC Chairmanship

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has highlighted cybersecurity, cost-plus contracts and the sequestration as top focus areas as he prepares to take the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense News reported Wednesday. John Bennett writes that McCain told a forum in Washington he sees room for additional action in issues concerning cyberspace, …

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Frank Kendall to Discuss Acquisition Reform Effort with Industry Leaders

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, is set to meet industry and defense executives on Saturday to discuss the Defense Department‘s acquisition reform bid, Defense News reported Thursday. Paul McLeary writes Kendall, Boeing CEO Chris Chadwick, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson and other executives will talk through the new Better …

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New Democrat Coalition Proposes Professional Background for Acquisition Program Managers

A group of lawmakers wants to require defense program managers to have the technical and academic background to lead a particular program in a move to “professionalize” the field, Defense News reported Friday. John Bennett writes that the New Democrat Coalition has submitted a report recommending military acquisition reforms based on an evaluation …

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Report: Congress May Take Up IT Bills in Lame Duck Session

Congress might use a so-called “lame duck” session after November to discuss five pending bills related to information technology, FCW reported Friday. FCW reports the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act is up for review by the Senate, while the Reforming Federal of Procurement of IT Act has bipartisan support in …

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Alan Shaffer: Defense Regulations Not Hindrances to Innovation

A top Defense Department official says vendors looking to secure government contracts should view the current system as presenting more opportunities to them than hindrances as agencies seek to drive innovation, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that some contracting and acquisitions professionals said the government should instead overcome a hesitance to use alternative tools …

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