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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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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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DISA Seeks to Accelerate Acquisition Process With ‘Other Transaction Authority’

The Defense Information Systems Agency has started adopting the “other transaction authority” as a contracting method to facilitate the acquisition process and speed up the delivery of new technology platforms designed to meet warfighters’ requirements. “Many of the companies we’re dealing with are small start-ups,” Scott Stewart, technical director at …

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DoD, NASA, GSA Issue Interim Rule to Ban Use of Kaspersky Lab’s Products, Services

The Defense Department, NASA and the General Services Administration have introduced an interim rule that seeks to prohibit federal agencies and contractors from using Kaspersky Lab’s software, hardware and services by Oct. 1. A Federal Register notice posted Friday says the regulation was introduced to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation in compliance with a …

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