The Defense Department's Defense Acquisition Regulations System plans to host a public meeting on Friday to gather feedback from government and industry professionals regarding proposed revisions to policies for issuing performance-based contract payments.Read More »
The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Defense Department and U.S. Navy issue an updated or new set of guidelines for developing plans to sustain legacy weapon systems.
GAO said in a report published Monday that the Navy inconsistently documented its sustainment strategies for C-2A, E2C, EA-18G and F/A-18A-D aircraft since 2012.
Heather Wilson, secretary of the U.S. Air Force and a 2018 Wash100 awardee, warns the service branch must modernize its software acquisition process to keep up with the technological advances of adversaries.
Wilson noted during an Aug. 27th conference that documents such as the U.S. Air Force Weapons Systems Software Management Guidebook contain outdated practices that inhibit modernization, the branch said Thursday.
Tina Kaidanow, acting assistant secretary for political-military affairs at the State Department, will join the Defense Department as director of international cooperation, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Her appointment comes as DoD aims to speed up its procurement and foreign military sales processes.Read More »
Eric Chewning, the deputy assistant secretary for industrial policy at the Defense Department, has said that DoD must collaborate with U.S. allies to establish a "safe space" for cooperation across the worldwide industrial base for military technology platforms and services, Defense News reported Thursday.Read More »
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has said VA will work closely with the Defense Department over the next decade in efforts to deploy and ensure interoperability of their updated electronic health record systems.Read More »
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said 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.”Read More »
The Defense Department's Defense Acquisition Regulations System announced Friday that it was amending Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement subpart 231, removing a subsection requiring major contractors to first conduct and document a “technical interchange” with government representatives about IR&D efforts in order for their attendant costs to be deemed allowable. The pertinent DFARS provision affects IR&D projects carried out from fiscal year 2017 onwards.Read More »