Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said a reduced budget would restrain some of the Pentagon’s objectives, Federal News Network reported Friday. He told reporters Thursday that the Defense Department completed the proposed $733B budget and has now begun to draft the $700B spending plan after President Donald Trump ordered a 5 percent budget cut.Read More »
The Professional Services Council has provided a list of 20 recommendations in response to the Office of Management and Budget’s feedback request for its updated federal cloud strategy. PSC classified its recommendations for the Cloud Smart strategy into several categories such as the transition from the Cloud First plan to the new strategy; security; procurement; workforce; and CIO Council actions, according to an Oct. 24 letter.Read More »
Alan Chvotkin, an executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, has said information technology modernization, cybersecurity and the cross-agency goals in the President’s Management Agenda will help drive federal acquisition in the coming year, Federal News Network reported Monday. “There is no doubt increased focus on IT. Cybersecurity is clearly a high risk and high spend area so we think there will be a lot of business opportunities,” Chvotkin said.
Air Force Materiel Command has helped the government save approximately $1.3B by countering fraudulent activities in U.S. Air Force procurement efforts.Read More »
DHS Aims to Address Supply Chain Risks in Federal Acquisition via New Task Force; Chris Krebs Quoted
The Department of Homeland Security’s national risk management center will create a new information and communications technology task force to help address risks to the supply chain, Federal News Network reported Monday. The report said the task force is expected to work on efforts to reduce such risks in the federal acquisition process in 2019.Read More »
The Defense Department will conduct an audit of the U.S. aerospace and defense sector’s supply chains after DoD released a White House-commissioned study of the defense industrial base, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, said U.S. intelligence agencies will take part in the review to assess the local defense supply chains' readiness to support warfighters.Read More »
The Office of Management and Budget has issued a new draft strategy that seeks to help federal agencies facilitate the adoption of cloud platforms in support of their mission requirements. A White House release published Monday says the Cloud Smart strategy marks the first update of the previous cloud policy, Cloud First, introduced in 2010.
The Government Accountability Office raised issues the General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget should consider as they implement the next phase of a federal program that facilitates agencies’ procurement of commercial products through online portals. Those issues include the potential impact of the e-commerce program on current …Read More »