If nothing else, the fiscal 2016 Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report to Congress shows the focus over the last two years by the Obama administration is paying off. Continue reading
Following repeated calls from members of Congress, the Veterans Affairs Department is exempting some health care professionals from President Donald Trump’s recently announced, short-term hiring freeze. Continue reading
Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, used his final public remarks as Pentagon acquisition chief Tuesday to argue that DoD has made significant, demonstrable progress in improving outcomes from its procurement system, and that if Congress wants to help, it should largely stay out of the way. Continue reading
A provision in the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act appears to allow Pentagon contract officers to count subcontracts toward their goal for prime contracts to small businesses. Continue reading
Simplified Acquisitions lower the overall level of risk of doing business and the level of effort associated with issuing and responding to these requirements. Those are good things.
Agencies have increased their use of these streamlined buys. That’s a good thing.
Simplified Acquisitions are reserved for small business concerns and that is the problem. Continue reading
Among the provisions the Obama administration opposes is a measure that would make U.S. Cyber Command its own unified command and another that would restrict funding for the Pentagon’s prized outreach office in Silicon Valley. Continue reading
“We don’t have a not-stellar record, we have a horrendous record,” he said. “I think that of all the things the department does badly, that’s one of the things we do the worst.” Continue reading
An ambitious program begun by the Department of Homeland Security in 2003 to consolidate all of its component agencies’ HR systems, from payroll to timesheets and beyond, isn’t near completion after more than 12 years of work. Continue reading
U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, recently introduced House Resolution 4671, legislation to end the government monopoly of Unicor, also known as Federal Prison Industries, and force the organization to compete with the private sector. Continue reading
Here is a quick rundown of some of the more interesting contracting bills released last week: Continue reading