Senators on both sides of the aisle are concerned that President Trump's proposal to establish a "Space Force" would add to overhead costs at the Defense Department, The Hill reported Tuesday.Read More »
The General Services Administration has launched the pilot program for a new service that aims to refine and accelerate the contracting process for startup companies' and federal market entrants' commercial offerings. The agency said Wednesday the Commercial Solutions Opening procedure provides new firms with fast-track vendor selection timelines and simplified contract terms, and an option for commercial vendors to secure their intellectual property.Read More »
Bureau of the Fiscal Service Commissioner Kim McCoy has invited chief financial officers at federal agencies to try and put into action any of the 10 initiatives outlined in a publication describing the BFS' vision of the future of financial management.
The initiatives encompass four overarching objectives, namely: optimizing disbursements, improving collections, enhancing reporting and expanding administrative services.
Shay Assad, director of pricing, procurement and acquisition policy at the Defense Department, recently said that the agency will soon release a new policy that would help reduce the lead time for major procurements, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Under the new policy, which would apply specifically to sole-source acquisitions, …Read More »
NASA has released a new policy that seeks to streamline management and development processes for research teams that seek to offer investigation proposals for high-risk space projects that cost less than $150 million. The agency said Friday the new policy for Class D missions will take effect on Jan. 1, …Read More »
Defense Department Secretary Jim Mattis has selected McKinsey & Co. Partner Eric Chewning as a Senior Executive Service appointee and a deputy assistant secretary at DoD. The department said Tuesday Chewning will specifically oversee manufacturing and industrial base policy as a deputy assistant secretary of defense. Chewning most recently worked with …Read More »
Allison Brigati, a former general counsel and director of strategic initiatives at the National Academy of Public Administration, has joined the General Services Administration as associate administrator for the Office of Government-wide Policy. GSA said Monday President Donald Trump picked Brigati to help guide strategic policymaking for the federal government on areas such …Read More »
Vayl Oxford, a national security executive policy adviser at the Energy Department‘s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will assume the director role at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The Defense Department said Thursday Secretary James Mattis also appointed Oxford to the Senior Executive Service in line with the assignment to head DTRA. Oxford most …Read More »
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has urged the FBI to accept email submissions of Freedom of Information Act requests and address limits on FOIA submissions from the bureau’s portal following a policy change that requires FOIA requests to be sent online or by fax and letter. He told David Hardy, chief of FBI’s record …Read More »
The Defense Department has proposed an amendment to a policy that would require contractors to consult with DoD on independent research and development programs, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Scott Maucione writes the Pentagon also plans to introduce a new rule that would ask contract officers to take into account the …Read More »