The Defense Department has decided to withdraw its proposed rule to regulate payments to contractors based on performance, Defense News reported Monday. “Recently, proposed amendments to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) were prematurely released, absent full coordination,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a statement obtained by the publication.Read More »
President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law an appropriations package that would allocate $674B in fiscal 2019 funds for the Defense Department, USNI News reported Friday. The defense spending bill represents a $19.8B increase from the enacted fiscal 2018 budget and earmarks $24.2B in funds for 13 new combat ships that include three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, two Virginia-class attack submarines and three littoral combat ships.Read More »
The Defense Department, NASA and the General Services Administration have released a final rule that seeks to revise the instructions for System for Award Management registration. A Federal Register notice posted Wednesday says the final rule is set to take effect on Oct. 26 and amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require vendors to register through SAM prior to bid submission.Read More »
The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have asked the Defense Department to delay the implementation of a proposed rule that seeks to compensate contractors based on performance, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. “We should not make it harder to do business with the Department of Defense than it is to do business with other parts of government — and that’s exactly what this regulation does,” HASC Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told reporters Tuesday.
Michael Brown, former Symantec CEO, has been named managing director of the Defense Innovation Unit. “Mike’s extensive Silicon Valley career speaks for itself, as he has experience in both hardware from his time at Quantum, as well as software at Symantec,” Mike Griffin, defense undersecretary for research and engineering, said in a statement published Monday.Read More »
The Defense Department's Strategic Capabilities Office has identified programs wherein SCO can apply artificial intelligence to assist military operations, C4ISRNET reported Friday.Read More »