Tag Archives: Acquisition Policy

Deltek Expands GovWin IQ Coverage to Canada, Offers Centralized GovCon Platform; Dan Duguay Quoted

Deltek

Deltek’s government contracting marketing intelligence platform, GovWin IQ, has expanded its coverage to include the Canadian government, allowing contractors to centralize business development and marketing research across the U.S. and Canada into one platform. Dan Duguay of Tactix Government Relations comments

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Tech Leaders Call on DOD to Accelerate Commercial Tech Adoption; Eric Schmidt Quoted

Eric Schmidt

Technology industry executives are urging the Department of Defense (DOD) to increase the adoption of commercial technologies to maintain its military advantage over Russia, China and other near-peer competitors. DOD also needs to overcome hurdles with regard to procurement processes and bureaucracy and Eric Schmidt, chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) and former CEO of Google, said he believes such challenges could be addressed.

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House Panel OKs Measure to Add Nearly $25B to President’s FY 2022 Defense Budget Request

Capitol Hill

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) voted 42-17 Wednesday to approve an amendment that would increase the topline of the defense budget for fiscal year 2022 to $778 billion. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., the House panel's ranking member, introduced the amendment, which reflects a $37 billion increase from the FY 2021 enacted level. 

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Robin Carnahan Wants GSA to Use Data to Improve Service Delivery, Inform Decisions

Robin Carnahan

Robin Carnahan, head of the General Services Administration (GSA), said she wants to focus more on how GSA can improve the delivery of services to agencies and industry partners and intends to do that by gathering data to better inform decisions. “I’m very interested in feedback from both customers and our, our industry partners, we’ve got to have both sides of those customers,” said Carnahan.

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JAIC Announces Responsible AI Procurement Pilot; Alka Patel Quoted

Alka Patel

The Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) has announced plans to pilot a procurement process aimed at aligning the acquisition of AI systems with DOD’s AI ethics principles. JAIC said it expects the Responsible AI Procurement pilot to help inform the development of clear guidance to ensure that AI systems are designed, built, used and deployed in a responsible manner.

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House Panel Offers Recommendations for Space Force via FY 2022 Budget Report

Capitol Hill

The House Appropriations Committee has released a report calling for the U.S. Space Force to come up with a clear plan for its future system architectures based on “rigorous technical analysis with executable plans resourced by realistic budgets" and reassess the organizational construct of the Space and Missile Systems Center.

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Executive Order Calls for Agencies to Implement Pro-Competitive Regulations to Procurement, Spending

White House

President Joe Biden signed Friday an executive order that directs federal agencies to adopt pro-competitive approaches and regulations to spending and procurement and revoke “regulations that create unnecessary barriers to entry” to address monopolization, overconcentration and unfair competition in the U.S. economy, Government Executive reported Monday.

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Stacy Cummings Comments on Initial Results of DOD’s Software Acquisition Changes

Stacy Cummings

Stacy Cummings, who is performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DOD) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said at a virtual conference that software acquisition changes are turning up positive initial results. More programs are being lined up to implement the new purchasing policy, according to the DOD procurement lead.

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Frederick Stefany: Navy Eyes Digital Engineering Collaboration With Industry

Frederick Stefany

The U.S. Navy is considering working with companies to implement digital engineering systems as the military service aims to accelerate its acquisition life cycle. He added that the Navy wants to access industry's digital engineering environments via the contracting process for potential use in aircraft, ship and weapon systems sustainment efforts.

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