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Contracting Vet Carlen Capenos Named DISA Small Business Program Director

Carlen Capenos, former chief of the acquisition resources division at the Defense Information Systems Agency, has been appointed as director of DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs. The 22-year contracting officer said in a statement published Thursday that she will coordinate with public and private entities to boost contracting procedures with …

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GSA Launches Accelerated Contracting Process for Startups

The General Services Administration has launched the pilot program for a new service that aims to refine and accelerate the contracting process for startup companies' and federal market entrants' commercial offerings. The agency said Wednesday the Commercial Solutions Opening procedure provides new firms with fast-track vendor selection timelines and simplified contract terms, and an option for commercial vendors to secure their intellectual property.

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DoD, NASA, GSA Seek Feedback on Standard Collection of Voluntary Contracting Comments

The Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA have started seeking comments on a proposal to develop a standard method of collecting voluntary feedback from government contractors regarding contracts and solicitations. They said in a Federal Register notice posted July 26 that voluntary comments on industry standards, alternative regulatory approaches and legal definitions for other areas of deals, among other things, would provide more substance in modifying the contracting process.

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CIGIE Report: Cybersecurity, IT Modernization Among Areas That Need Cross-Agency Collaboration

A new report by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency has identified six critical areas that IGs need to address to facilitate and build up cross-agency collaboration. CIGIE said in the December 2017 report those areas include information technology infrastructure modernization; cybersecurity; effort to protect national security; …

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GAO: Army Should Develop Metrics for Contracting Activity Evaluation

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the U.S. Army establish metrics to determine if contracts awarded to companies meet cost, schedule and performance goals. GAO said in a report published Thursday the military branch should also record rationales for all decision and develop measurable objectives to assess the effects of organizational changes …

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Jay Carr: Contractor Engagement Key in Army Procurement Process

Jay Carr, executive director of the Army Contracting Command, has said that contractors should be well-trained and ready to help U.S. Army commanders implement technology they need to execute a mission. Carr added that he believes companies and government officials need to collaborate early in the acquisition planning process and throughout the procurement cycle, according to …

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VA Adds Veteran Health, Benefits Agencies as Exemptions in Federal Hiring Freeze

The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled additional exemptions to the moratorium on federal hiring efforts following a previous move to lift restrictions for some professional fields in January. VA said Wednesday its latest guideline exempts medical and nonmedical positions, the Veterans Health Administration’s medical facilities and the Veterans Benefits Administration’s regional and field offices …

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GAO: Navy Should Designate Specific Unit to Oversee Assessments of New Contracting Strategy Implementation

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the U.S. Navy assign systematic assessment tasks on the implementation of the service branch’s Multiple Award Contract, Multi Order contracting strategy to a single entity. A report GAO posted Monday says the Navy does not possess a systematic process to assess overall implementation of MAC-MO that involves the …

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