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Recommendations for next confirmed under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment

The Pentagon’s Acquisition and Sustainment Office, known as A&S, has not had an under secretary to lead it since January. A&S makes it possible for cutting-edge warfighting capabilities to be delivered to troops, which is a challenge without a confirmed under secretary. Jeffrey Bialos, partner at Eversheds Sutherland and former deputy under secretary of defense […]


Biden’s small business federal contracting goal “doable” but difficult, former acquisition leader says

The General Services Administration (GSA) wants to boost small business opportunities in government by showcasing ways for those companies to engage in the federal market. GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan says GSA is “setting the bar” by incorporating the White House’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals into all of the agency’s work. Jim Williams, partner […]


Director at Air Force Sustainment Center employs two key strategies to ensure supply chain resiliency

As the United States deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, supply shortages and rising tensions with China, the Air Force has to manage risks to its supply chain, essentially comprised of everything the Department needs to maintain its weapons systems. Stephen Gray, director of the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing at the Air Force Sustainment Center, […]


Agency’s work to stop imports made with forced labor is having a global impact

Forced labor is considered modern-day slavery and affects about 25 million people around the globe. One team at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to stop goods made in those conditions from entering the American market. Ana Hinojosa, executive director of the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate at CBP, and Eric Choy, deputy executive […]


Continuing resolution presents major challenge for small businesses, says federal acquisition expert

The White House has passed a temporary funding bill that will run through early December. The bill will affect current acquisition projects underway and those planning to get started this fiscal year. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, said the continuing resolution can be a real challenge for small federal contracting companies, which […]


NASA deputy administrator: “We’re going back to the moon to stay this time”

For nine years in a row, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been rated the best place to work in government. It is sending people back to the moon and eventually to Mars. Col. Pam Melroy (USAF, ret.), deputy administrator of NASA, said the Apollo program proved going to the moon was possible […]


Last minute amendments to NIH acquisition contract have presented challenges for industry

Agencies use Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) to purchase technology together and lower the cost of IT solutions. The proposal submission period for one of those GWACs, the Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 4 (CIO-SP4) contract, ended last week, but the National Institutes of Health’s acquisition vehicle continues to face delays. Alan Thomas, chief operating officer […]


Space Force must build culture of risk tolerance to support acquisition, former Air Force secretary says

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall plans to move the Space Acquisition Directorate into the Space Acquisition and Integration Office. That merger, effective immediately, could accelerate the pace of fielding new capabilities. Deborah Lee James, former secretary of the Air Force, said the merger is “a good move” and that the Space Force should also focus […]

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