Tag Archives: competition

FTC’s Lina Khan Responds to Senator’s Queries Over Vertical Deals in Defense Sector

Lina Khan

Lina Khan, chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), responded to a letter by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with regard to the lawmaker’s questions over FTC’s analysis of vertical mergers in the defense industry. Khan shared her views on the use of behavioral and structural remedies in vertical deals to protect competition in the industry.

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Executive Order Calls for Agencies to Implement Pro-Competitive Regulations to Procurement, Spending

White House

President Joe Biden signed Friday an executive order that directs federal agencies to adopt pro-competitive approaches and regulations to spending and procurement and revoke “regulations that create unnecessary barriers to entry” to address monopolization, overconcentration and unfair competition in the U.S. economy, Government Executive reported Monday.

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Army Hosts Competition in Search of New Military Tech; Rob Monto Quoted

AStRA Competition

The U.S. Army has commenced a competition that challenges U.S.-based organizations to present technologies, which address various needs faced by the service branch. The Army Strategic Rapid Acquisition (AStRA) challenge will assess technologies in the areas of cross-domain solutions, tactical edge processing, novel batteries, multifunction antennas and cyber-electromagnetic operations. 

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DOD Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for Postaward Debriefings

Pentagon

The Department of Defense (DOD) has proposed changes to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFARS) Supplement to implement a provision in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that provides offerors enhanced rights with regard to postaward debriefings for competitively negotiated contracts, delivery and task orders. Comments on the proposed rule are due July 19th.

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James Geurts: DOD Officials Ramp Up Efforts to Improve Procurement Process

James Geurts

James Geurts, who currently performs the duties of the undersecretary of the Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said Department of Defense (DOD) officials are increasing efforts to reform the acquisition process. He said such reform efforts could help officials achieve the speed and scale in the acquisition process that could “empower the workforce.”

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DOD OIG Audit Highlights Need for Proper Tracking of Other Transactions Awarded Via Consortia

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) office of inspector general (OIG) has recommended that DOD contracting personnel establish policies for tracking other transaction agreements awarded through consortia and work with the General Services Administration to update the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation to better track OT data. DOD should also establish controls to ensure the security of information. 

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GAO: Knowledge-Based Practices, Competition Could Help MDA Address GMD Acquisition Challenges

MDA

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has listed several practices the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) could implement to address acquisition challenges with regard to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. Those key practices include using knowledge-based acquisition practices; involving stakeholders early and often; promoting oversight and competition; and conducting robust testing. 

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DOE Announces 2020 CyberForce Competition

Mark Menezes

The Department of Energy has launched the sixth year of an annual competition that aims to challenge students to compete in a realistic cybersecurity defense exercise. The CyberForce Competition 2020 virtual event will task individual representatives from various academic institutions to defend a simulated wind energy company's cyber systems against cyberattacks.

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GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Seeks Input on Section 876 Authority Implementation

GSA

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is requesting feedback to inform how it will implement an authority in the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that will evaluate price only at the task order level to improve competition. Comments on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking for the implementation of Section 876 are due Sept. 19.

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