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PSC Provides FY21 NDAA Commentary; David Berteau Quoted

David Berteau

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has commented on the recent provisions in the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The organization sent a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the government’s processes and procedures for acquiring services from the contractor community, PSC reported on Monday.

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Lawmakers Call for Preservation of CMO Position in FY 2021 NDAA

US Capitol

Several lawmakers have called on House and Senate leaders through a letter to retain the chief management officer position within the Department of Defense (DoD) as conference negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 kick off. The letter was signed by 13 lawmakers, including Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Todd Young, R-Ind.

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PSC Addresses Chinese Supply Chain Rule in NDAA; David Berteau Quoted

David Berteau

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has addressed the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council to provide clarification on the Interim Final Rule, Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment. PSC has submitted comments concerning prohibitions on contractors’ use of products and services from certain Chinese telecommunications firms including Huawei and ZTE.

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

Hon. 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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Space Force Enhances Agility within Workforce; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The Space Force has announced that the agency will maintain its workforce of approximately 6,400, which will enable the unit to effectively complete missions. The Space Force’s minimal personnel will provide faster mission accomplishments with more agile methodologies. The Space Force has cut its initial estimates of the headquarters personnel it will need from more than 1,000 to fewer than 600.

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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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