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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

Lessons from a Long-Time Contractor in Afghanistan

During his company’s 16 years as a U.S. contractor in war-torn Afghanistan, Andrew Robertson grew convinced that “building capacity” through hiring locals is the best way to counter the ongoing military threat from the Taliban. Source: Lessons from a Long-Time Contractor in Afghanistan – Contracting – GovExec.com

Union Urges Congress to Make Pentagon Quantify Services Contracting

The American Federation of Government Employees is asking Congress to step in and require the Defense Department to “improve the oversight and management for the vast sums it spends so carelessly on contracted services,” its president said in a late-April letter to congressional chairmen. Source: Union Urges Congress to Make Pentagon Quantify Services Contracting – … Continue reading

27 Percent Of DoD Mentor-Protege Agreements May Be Deficient, GAO Says

The GAO estimates that 27 percent of DoD mentor-protege agreements are deficient. Continue reading

DoD in process of splitting responsibilities for two new acquisition offices

The Pentagon is doing preliminary work on splicing its acquisition office into two distinct areas: research and engineering, and day-to-day business acquisitions, Continue reading

UnitedHealthcare protests losing out on federal contracts

UnitedHealthcare has filed protests against a federal decision last month to award two large contracts in military health care to rival insurers. Source: UnitedHealthcare protests losing out on federal contracts – StarTribune.com

GAO: DoD boosted its ‘buying power’ by $10.7 billion in 2016

The media and Congress are quick to point out instances in which Pentagon procurement has gone drastically awry, and rightly so, since it’s public money at stake. Continue reading

Defense Contractors See End of Budget Decline

The Pentagon, as the government’s largest buyer of goods and services, is ending a seven-year drawdown of acquisition spending, according to a study released on Wednesday. Continue reading

Defense contracting rebounded in 2016, but R&D spending continues to suffer

A new analysis of government data shows that 2016 may have been the low ebb of Defense contract spending, following six years of steady declines. Continue reading

What DOD’s next CIO will have to deal with

The Defense Department CIO might not be among the top 10 positions the administration is rushing to fill, but the role could have an enormous impact in the coming years. Continue reading