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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 […]


Federal contract spending on Small Disadvantaged Businesses has outperformed goal in recent years

The Small Business Administration is taking steps to make sure agencies hit the White House’s equity goals. President Biden says he wants to increase the percentage of federal contracting dollars spent on Small Disadvantaged Businesses. Joe Jordan, chief executive officer of Actuparo and former administrator of federal procurement policy, said a little over 10% of […]


Defense Department must continue focus on intellectual property to support innovation, says supply chain expert

There are two issues the Defense Department (DoD) will need to address on the path to innovation: intellectual property and security. That’s according to Jerry McGinn, executive director of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University. McGinn, former principal deputy director for manufacturing and industrial base policy in the Office of the Secretary […]


Internal Revenue Service hiring initiative is “fantastic news,” chief procurement officer says

Unpaid taxes could reach $7 trillion in the next decade. The White House recommends the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) respond by revamping its workforce and modernizing its networks. Shanna Webbers, chief procurement officer at the IRS, said her office’s effort to hire 80 new employees is “fantastic news,” demonstrates a recognition of the value the […]


New bill reflects government push to renew opportunities for small businesses, says acquisition expert

The Senate passed a new bill aiming to expand small business opportunities in federal contracting. This comes as contractors wrap up their acquisition pipelines for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, said the bill will likely pass the House and is consistent with the administration’s focus on […]

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