Tag Archives: Acquisition Policy

Ellen Lord: Acquisition Policy Rewrite Could Help DoD Address Sustainment Concerns With Hypersonics

Ellen Lord

The Department of Defense has updated its acquisition policy to help speed up the delivery of hypersonic weapons to warfighters. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, discussed how the 5000 series rewrite could help address sustainment concerns for such weapons systems, DoD News reported Friday.

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Google Cloud Wins Framework Agreement to Secure Cloud Platform; Mike Daniels Quoted

Mike Daniels

Google Cloud announced it has received a Framework Agreement for Secure Cloud from the Canadian federal government to provide its cloud platform and collaboration technologies to federal agencies. "Receiving a framework agreement for secure cloud services means we can now support programs that require high levels of data protection for government workloads," said Mike Daniels.

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Boeing Expands Renewable Energy Initiative; Chris Raymond, Beth Schryer Quoted

Chris Raymond

Boeing has entered into a multi-state agreement to purchase carbon-neutral power for its Chicago headquarters and sites in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The purchase will expand Boeing’s  initiative to power worksites and manufacturing facilities using 100 percent renewable electricity. "These actions reflect Boeing’s commitment to innovate and operate to make the word better,” said Boeing’s chief sustainability officer Chris Raymond.

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Bechtel Partners with TerraPower to Develop Demonstration Plant; Barbara Rusinko, Chris Levesque Quoted

Barbara Rusinko

Bechtel has partnered with TerraPower to provide plant design, licensing, procurement and construction through federal grant application to build a demonstration plant for the Natrium reactor and energy system architecture, Bechtel reported on Thursday. Bechtel will join a team that includes GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, PacifiCorp, Energy Northwest, and Duke Energy.

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Sen. Charles Grassley Asks DoD to Respond to Questions About JEDI Cloud Program

Sen. Charles Grassley

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has asked the Department of Defense (DoD) to respond by Oct. 19th to several questions in relation to the findings and recommendations by DoD’s office of the inspector general about the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing program.

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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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Octo Metric JV Wins TSA FAST Contract; Thomas Lee Quoted

Thomas Lee

The Octo Metric Joint Venture (JV), including Octo and Metric5, has been awarded the four-year, $25 million Mission Support Portfolio on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) FAST contract. “This award reflects Octo’s commitment to support federal customers by providing leading edge Agile DevSecOps and cloud solutions,” said Thomas Lee.

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GSA Awards REI Systems PSS Contract Vehicle; Indunil Ranaviraja, Shyam Salona Quoted

Shyam Salona

The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded REI Systems the Professional Services Schedule (PSS), a government-wide schedule that will provide agencies with contract vehicle to procure fixed-price or labor-hour professional services, REI Systems reported on Wednesday. PSS will expedite delivery of consulting and program management support services to federal agencies. 

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House OKs $1.3T Appropriations Minibus for FY 2021

US Capitol

The House on Friday voted 217-197 to pass a package of six appropriations bills that would allocate $1.3 trillion in fiscal year 2021 funds for several federal agencies, including the departments of Defense (DoD), Health and Human Services (HHS), Energy (DoE), Commerce (DOC) and Justice (DOJ).

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Frequently Asked Questions in New OMB Guidance Address Acquisition Efficiencies

Office of Management

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued additional guidelines to help ensure the resiliency of the federal acquisition workforce and contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The questions address acquisition efficiencies, ways to track procurement activities and paid leave for contractor employees under Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, among others.

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