When the House votes Thursday to approve fiscal 2015 budgets for a slew of legislative-branch agencies, lawmakers will get a chance to resurrect the small technology agency that once provided Congress with expert technological and scientific advice. A floor amendment from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) would siphon off about $2.5 million from the House historic buildings fund to provide start-up funding for a reboot of the Office of Technology Assessment
Other Transaction Authority contracts are gaining popularity in the Pentagon and military services.
Army plans to assemble a vendor consortium with the goal of conducting 6-24 cyber prototyping projects a year, each within 30 days.
NDAA gives agencies special funds for contractors dedicated to modernizing IT systems, cybersecurity, etc.
The recent Other Transaction Authority (OTA) acquisition for a cloud migration tool, combined with the incomplete draft JEDI RFP, raises significant questions as to whether DoD is sacrificing innovation in the name of innovation.
The Army believes it now has a workable strategy to buy cyber capabilities within 30 days, but it started by fixing its budgeting and requirements processes.