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DoD to Hold Meeting About Performance-Based & Progress Payments

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.

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GAO Recommends DoD, Navy to Update Requirements for Making Weapons Sustainment Strategies

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.

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USAF Secretary Heather Wilson Stresses Need to Modernize Software Acquisition Process

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an Aug. 27th conference that documents such as the U.S. Air Force Weapons Systems Software Management Guidebook contain outdated practices that inhibit modernization, the branch said Thursday.

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State Dept. Vet Tina Kaidanow Appointed DoD International Cooperation Head

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.

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Eric Chewning: US, Allies Must Work to Safeguard Defense Industrial Base

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.

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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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DARS Removes DFARS ‘Technical Interchange’ Requirement for IR&D Cost Reimbursement

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.

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