The Pentagon met the letter of the law by turning in a report to Congress on how it plans to implement one of its largest organizational changes in decades.
In part two of a special report: Defense Acquisition at a Crossroads, Federal News Radio examines the challenges the Defense Department will face as it implements numerous Congressional acquisition reforms, many of which it didn’t ask for.
The Pentagon’s internal improvement plan, known as Better Buying Power, coincided with several consecutive years of declines in the rate of cost growth for the Pentagon’s major weapons systems, from more than 9 percent in 2011 to 3.5 percent in 2015, the lowest level since 1985.
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.
In 2016, the Government Accountability Office came down on the side of companies challenging federal procurement decisions more often than in any year in almost a decade, according to data the office sent to Congress Thursday afternoon.
DHS Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa talks to Women of Washington hosts Aileen Black and GiGi Schumm about the Procurement Innovations Lab.
Besides restructuring and bifurcating the large front office that’s currently responsible for both acquisition and R&D, the bill adds several new authorities that build on last year’s trend of letting DoD sidestep the traditional acquisition system.
The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental thinks it’s learned a thing or two about rapid acquisition over the year since its initial standup, and sees no good reason why the rest of the Defense Department can’t use the same techniques it’s put in place to award new contracts in 60 days or less.
If all goes according to plan, the Defense Department is a few weeks away from releasing new guidance on how it buys and builds business IT systems.
The Pentagon’s startup-style outfit for reaching out to innovative companies may have cracked the code for speeding up DoD’s famously ponderous acquisition system.
Software giant Oracle makes a tough decision to opt out of GSA IT schedule.
Like Old Faithful, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council erupts periodically, showers contracting officers and contractors with new rules, updates to old ones and even subtle word changes. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo & Powell shares the latest bucketful on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
When it comes to the technological superiority of the Army’s battlefield equipment, officials worry it’s on the wane because of a sort of a perfect storm
Having a foreign subsidiary in a country getting preference in an acquisition … that may not be enough to overcome a protest. That’s what a court initially decided when the Air Force went ahead with an acquisition using a subsidiary of a U.S. company and not one home-grown in Denmark. But there’s a twist. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo with Petrillo and Powell fills in all the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Strategic sourcing is the government’s strategy for trying to buy commodities as a single entity. Industry, and especially small business and services contractors, have been wary of the initiative. Now the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council has issued a new rule for contracting officers and that’s also got industry concerned. Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what’s going on.