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Patrick Shanahan Issues Memo on DoD’s ‘Space Force’ Establishment Plan

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has released a memo that lays out the Defense Department’s plan to establish by 2020 a new “space force” that would serve as the country’s sixth service branch, SpaceNews reported Thursday. John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, will work with the Joint Staff, military services’ secretaries and DoD’s legislative office to come up with a legislative proposal for the new space force for submission to the Office of Management and Budget by Dec. 1, according to a copy of the Monday memo obtained by the publication.

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GAO Notes Decline in Procurement Competition Rate at the DoD

The Government Accountability Office noted in an audit report published Wednesday that from 2013 to 2017, the rate at which the Defense Department conducted competitions when procuring products or services went down by more than 4 percent, despite government-wide efforts to encourage the practice. The GAO attributed the regression to a number of factors including the complexity of the DoD’s contracting procedures.

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OMB Director Outlines Efforts to Automate, Simplify Procurement-Related Tasks

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budgetsaid in an August 27 memorandum that the OMB plans to use artificial intelligence and automation tools to handle routine procedures, thereby reducing the likelihood of errors and enhancing “compliance with contracting protocols and financial analysis and reporting.” This is in response to the President’s Management Agenda, which challenged federal agencies to divert resources from “low-value to high-value work.”

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Report: Matt Goodrich, Ashley Mahan to Assume New Roles at GSA

Matt Goodrich, director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, will lead the General Services Administration’s office of products and programs, MeriTalk reported Thursday. Goodrich will lead the office that oversees cloud, data services, information technology delivery, innovation portfolio and public experience.


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Proposed Public-Private Research Center to Prioritize Data Management, Workforce Modernization

Margaret Weichert, deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget, has said the proposed Government Effectiveness Advanced Research Center will initially focus on data management and workforce modernization efforts, Federal Times reported Friday.

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