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Post-OPM hack efforts to close cyber gaps paid off in 2016

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

VA officially exempts some health, contracting professionals from hiring freeze

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

In final speech, DoD acquisition chief knocks congressional reforms as unhelpful

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

Congress Appears Poised To Gut Government Contracts For Small Business

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

Low-Hanging Fruit are a FASA-nating Opportunity!

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

White House, Congress gird for another NDAA showdown

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

DoD overhauling design process for troubled business IT systems

“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

DHS excoriated for mismanaged HR IT system

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

US Rep. Bill Huizenga introduces Federal Prison Industries legislation

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

House Introduces Slew of Small-Business Contracting Bills

Here is a quick rundown of some of the more interesting contracting bills released last week: Continue reading