Tag Archives: National Defense Authorization Act

Ellen Lord: Pentagon, ODNI in Talks Over Section 889 Waiver Extension

Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are in talks over the potential extension of a waiver that would provide defense contractors more time to comply with a new rule that seeks to remove certain Chinese telecommunications equipment from the supply chain.

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Defense Innovation Board to Virtually Host Advisory Meeting This Month

Defense Innovation Board

The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) will administer a virtual meeting on Sept. 15 to discuss progress, recommendations and efforts regarding innovation across multiple military aspects. The meeting will tackle future challenges and various topics prioritized by defense leaders, the Department of Defense (DoD)

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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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Emily Murphy: ASTRO Contract Vehicle to Use Section 876 Authority

Emily Murphy

Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration (GSA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the ASTRO master contract for unmanned, manned and robotic systems will be the first contract vehicle to use a provision in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will require price as an evaluation criterion only at the task order level.

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Adm. Michael Gilday on Navy’s Unmanned Surface Vessel Program

Adm. Michael Gilday

The fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) directs the U.S. Navy to come up with a working prototype of a large unmanned surface vessel equipped with fully integrated and tested systems before procurement funds could be used for such vessels. 

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DoD Releases Memo on Contracting Ban for Vendors Using Certain Telecom Equipment

Pentagon

The office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense has issued a memo to facilitate the implementation of an interim rule that would block government agencies from contracting with entities that use telecommunications equipment and other products from five China-based companies.

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Federal Interim Rule to Ban Vendors Using Telecom, Video Surveillance Tech From Five Chinese Suppliers

Surveillance Tech

The Department of Defense (DoD), NASA and the General Services Administration (GSA) have issued an interim rule to prohibit government agencies from contracting with entities that use telecommunications equipment and other products from five China-based companies.

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House, Senate NDAAs Seek to Address Supply Chain Security Risks Posed by China

US Capitol

The Senate and House of Representatives have included provisions to address China-related supply chain security issues in their versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate’s NDAA version would require the secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) to “take security risks posed by at-risk vendors such as Huawei and ZTE into account when making overseas stationing decisions.”

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House Armed Services Committee Proposes $740.5B NDAA to Establish National Cloud for AI Research Integrated Into FY 2021 NDAA

Artificial Intelligence

The House Armed Services Committee has proposed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021, which has included a bill that would create a national cloud infrastructure for artificial intelligence research, Nextgov reported Thursday.

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