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How the House wants to make federal procurement less complex, more competitive

As the House and Senate go to conference to solve differences in the Defense authorization bill in the next few weeks, the acquisition community will be watching Section 801 of the lower chamber’s bill closely. Continue reading

Civilian agency cuts in House spending bill are deep, not as drastic as proposal

It’s the first time since 2009 the House collectively passed all of its appropriations bills in one way or another. Continue reading

4 NDAA amendments to watch as Senate takes up bill

Those amendments have the potential to add important provisions to the bill that affect personnel, strategy and policy. Continue reading

Murphy: Database would help U.S. companies compete for federal contracts

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., wants to make it easier for U.S. manufacturers to find out when federal agencies pick a foreign company to make a part that they say isn’t available domestically. Murphy has criticized federal agencies, and specifically the Department of Defense, the government’s largest purchaser of goods and services, for skirting policies … Continue reading

IT experts, former leaders say DOD behind with advanced tech

Congress has tried for years to pass legislation to make the Pentagon a smarter buyer of technology. So when members of the House Armed Services Committee met recently with Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, what they heard gave them pause Source: IT experts, former leaders say DOD behind with advanced tech — … Continue reading

President signs $1 trillion spending bill, keeps government open

The President signed his first piece of major legislation on Friday, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through September. Continue reading

Congress finds family life at the root of military personnel issues

Congress is taking a serious interest in a landmark report on military personnel released earlier this year. Continue reading

Budget woes stretch beyond agency contracting office while Congress debates federal funding

Congress has been criticized for kicking the can down the road when it comes to federal spending Continue reading

Senators seek GAO probe of hiring-freeze effects

Two senators are urging Congress’s investigative arm to probe the adverse impacts of President’s hiring freeze. Continue reading

Lawmakers seek intel on surveillance of Americans

Lawmakers, on a bipartisan basis, are putting more pressure on the intelligence community to disclose just how many Americans are getting caught in the net. Continue reading