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DISA’s Contracting Arm to Reduce IT, Telecom Acquisition Service Fee in October

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s contracting arm will reduce the fee it charges to clients for enterprise procurement services by start of fiscal year 2020. DISA said Monday that the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization will implement a 2.25 percent contracting fee for IT and telecommunication services starting Oct. 1, down from 2.5 percent.

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Rep. Abigail Spanberger Announces Bipartisan Bill for 5G Network Security

Rep. Abigail Spanberger unveiled a bipartisan legislation to protect U.S. mobile infrastructure and telecommunications systems from potential threats. The Secure 5G and Beyond Act seeks to push the government to create a strategy for defending consumers' privacy and help companies as well as U.S. allies optimize 5G telecommunications system defenses, the office of Abigail Spanberger said Tuesday

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Bob Kolasky: Supply Chain Task Force Will Help Commerce Dept Develop Procurement Policy

Bob Kolasky, co-chair of the Information Communications Technology Supply Chain Task Force, said at a Chamber of Commerce conference that the group’s operations will develop regulations to procure foreign telecommunications products, FCW reported Thursday. Kolasky, also the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Risk Management Center, said the task force is working to identify vital functions nationwide that would shut down in the event of an attack.

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Navy Eyes Commercial Cloud Providers for Long-Haul Telecom Services; Will Stephens Quoted

The U.S. Navy plans to kick off a prototype project in the spring of 2019 to determine whether to outsource long-haul telecommunications support to one or more cloud service providers, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The service currently relies on the Defense Information Systems Agency’s wide-area network for telecom services. 

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Report: Trump Eyes Executive Order to Ban Corporate Purchases of Chinese-Made Telecoms Equipment

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that would keep U.S. firms from buying and using products from Chinese telecommunications firms ZTE and Huawei, Reuters reported Thursday. Sources told Reuters the White House could release the executive order as soon as January.

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Alan Thomas: GSA to Extend Legacy Telecom Contracts to Facilitate Transition to $50B EIS Vehicle

Alan Thomas, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, has said GSA will extend for up to three years its existing contracts for telecommunications services to give agencies enough time to transition to the potential 15-year, $50B Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract. Thomas wrote in a blog post published Thursday that the extended legacy contracts such as Networx, local service agreements and WITS will have a one-year base term and two option years.

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Christopher Krebs: NPPD Seeks to Understand Industry Functions, Services in Critical Infrastructure

Christopher Krebs, undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, has said the NPPD aims to delve into the roles of various private industries in critical infrastructure, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

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Katie Wheelbarger: US Prepared to Use Cyber Defense Capabilities in Support of NATO

Katie Wheelbarger, principal deputy assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Defense Department, has said the U.S. will announce in the next few days that it is ready to use defensive and offensive cyber capabilities in support of NATO if asked, Reuters reported Wednesday. “It sends a message primarily aimed at Russia,” Wheelbarger told reporters.

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DHS’ Eric Cho: Oral Presentations Could Help Agencies Facilitate Vendor Selection Under EIS Contract

The Department of Homeland Security’s procurement innovation lab has a list of nine contracting methods that federal agencies can use when choosing a contractor for a task order issued under the General Services Administration’s $50B Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract, FCW reported Monday.

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