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Federal Interim Rule Prohibits Gov’t Procurement of Chinese Telecom Equipment

A council of officials from the General Services Administration, NASA and the Department of Defense published an interim rule that would prohibit federal agencies from buying telecommunications and video surveillance systems and services from Huawei and four other Chinese telecom companies, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

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FAR Amendment Bans Gov’t Purchase of Chinese Telecom, Video Surveillance Equipment

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA are issuing an interim final rule prohibiting agencies from purchasing telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from selected Chinese vendors. The rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation to include a section of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and covers all existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contracts seeking services or equipment for securing and monitoring critical government infrastructure. 

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FAR Amendment Simplifies Req’s for IT Purchases Under GSA Contract Vehicles

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation to reduce agency burdens when leveraging GSA’s contract vehicles for information technology procurements. GSA said in a statement dated July 9th that agencies aren't required to justify the use of the best procurement approach when issuing orders under GSA vehicles or governmentwide acquisition programs such as IT Schedule 70, STARS 2 and Alliant 2.

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DoD, GSA, NASA Propose Rule to Include Ombudsman’s Information in Multiple-Award IDIQs

The Defense DepartmentNASA and the General Services Administration have introduced a rule that seeks to require agencies to include in solicitations for multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite–quantity contracts the ombudsman’s contact information. The agencies proposed the regulation as an amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation in an effort to establish a "standardized way to provide the necessary information to contractors with a single contract clause for use by all agencies," according to a Federal Register notice posted Thursday.

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Avi Bender: Federal Gov’t Needs Innovative Measures to Implement Shared Services for Data

Avi Bender, director of the Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service, told FedScoop in an interview published Monday that the federal government should identify innovative approaches to shared services implementation and consider additional procurement instruments that are suitable for data management. “Data management is an ongoing innovation effort that requires continuous and iterative learning, continuous agility and discovery of new opportunities,” he said.

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GSA Seeks to Adopt Automation for Operational Efficiency, Savings

The General Services Administration plans to implement robotic process automation at the agency to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, FedScoop reported Tuesday. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy, a 2018 Wash 100 awardee, described the initiative during the 2018 Imagine Nation ELC conference, noting that the adoption of RPA is meant to supplement the agency's data-driven efficiency efforts that resulted in $900M worth of savings in fiscal year 2017.

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DoD, NASA, GSA Issue Final Rule on System for Award Management Registration

The Defense DepartmentNASA 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.

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