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Pentagon Holds Workshop for Early Career Procurement Workforce

Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, administered a workshop to determine the status and opportunities of the Department of Defense's procurement workforce. The workshop took place at the Pentagon and revolved around a variety of related topics including talent mobility, attraction and retention and work-life balance, DoD said Monday.

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OMB Issues Federal Cloud Computing Strategy; Suzette Kent Quoted

The Office of Management and Budget released the final Cloud Smart strategy on Monday to help federal agencies accelerate the adoption of cloud platforms. The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy retains the proposed programs and measures stated in the draft strategy issued in September and calls for agencies to rationalize their application portfolios to facilitate cloud adoption.

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Tony Braswell: Air Force Unveils Strategic Plan to Change Acquisition Culture

Tony Braswell, director of contracting at Hanscom Air Force Base, said the service branch is launching a strategic plan to transform its acquisition culture, the Air Force reported Friday. “So we’re changing the culture, becoming more proactive than reactive and less risk averse,” Braswell said during a Hanscom Representative Association meeting held on June 18 in Lexington, Mass."

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DISA’s Contracting Arm to Reduce IT, Telecom Acquisition Service Fee in October

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s contracting arm will reduce the fee it charges to clients for enterprise procurement services by start of fiscal year 2020. DISA said Monday that the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization will implement a 2.25 percent contracting fee for IT and telecommunication services starting Oct. 1, down from 2.5 percent.

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Mark Esper Offers Updates on Army Futures Command

Army Secretary Mark Esper told Federal News Network in an interview published Wednesday about the service’s current efforts and Army Futures Command. “If you look at our budget you will see a dramatic shift in the budget we put forward just to make sure we were consistent with the National Defense Strategy,” Esper said.

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DoD Looks to Cut Regulations, Processes for Rapid Tech Acquisition

The official managing the Department of Defense’s acquisition enablers initiative sets policy updates and less acquisition regulations and cybersecurity standards as top priorities to accelerate adoption of new military capabilities, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. “If we can create a more modular approach to the way that we buy capabilities, we can deliver them faster,” Stacy Cummings, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for acquisition enablers, said at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.

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Navy Acquisition Lead Details Plans to Accelerate Modernization

The U.S. Navy’s top acquisition official wants to speed up the acquisition process, lower costs, new talent and industry partnerships to support the service’s modernization efforts, Defense News reported Monday. James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, is fixing the service’s slow acquisition system.

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DoD Takes New Look on How to Secure Defense Industrial Base

Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and Wash100 Award winner, announced new efforts to improve how the Pentagon will identify the companies at risk of cyber attacks, USNI News reported Friday. “So what I’ve mandated is, this year we will come up with a National Cybersecurity Standard with metrics, and we will develop third-party independent auditors who can go and audit against those cybersecurity standards,” she said at a recent U.S. Naval Institute meeting.

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Steven Walker Discusses DARPA’s Acquisition Proces

Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday about DARPA’s use of other transaction authorities in its artificial intelligence program. Walker, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said DARPA plans to continue using OTAs in other technology initiatives to speed up the acquisition process.

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Anil Cheriyan: GSA’s Technology Transformation Service Should Leverage FAS, Industry Partners

Anil Cheriyan, director of the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service, told Nextgov in an interview published Tuesday that TTS is actively looking into how it builds momentum, establishes sustainability and drives for excellence.Cheriyan said the TTS organization should leverage GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, which he believes plays a role in performing acquisitions especially in the technology space.

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