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New leadership could accelerate digital transformation in acquisition

The Defense Digital Service is overseeing a pilot project that frees up more than 175 million internet addresses, the latest example of how the Defense Department is relying on its digital arm for a variety of operations. Stan Soloway, former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Reform, said the Biden administration’s nomination of Mike […]


Jerry McGinn: Mike Brown “tremendous choice” for under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment

Mike Brown is President Biden’s choice to become under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. If the Senate confirms him, consolidation in the defense industrial base is one thing he will need to watch. Jerry McGinn, Executive Director of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University, said the nomination of Mike Brown […]


Incentives necessary for acquisition speed and innovation, says Actuparo executive

Acquisition teams across government are examining the methods they used to get what they needed quickly during the pandemic. The task is to apply the speed the pandemic drove to everyday acquisitions when there is no pandemic. Former Administrator of Federal Procurement Policy Joe Jordan said the government must better incentivize acquisition professionals to move […]


Higher speed could lead to more protests on defense contracts, says former Defense Department official

The Defense Department has hit a milestone with its Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) project. NextGov reports security configuration changes have moved the department closer to allowing direct internet access for web browsers. Other cloud offerings inside the department, however, are hung up in protests. Frank Kendall, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, […]


Internal Revenue Service took outcome-focused approach to develop new IT contract

The Internal Revenue Service has a new solicitation on the street for the Enterprise Development Operations Services contract, which could be worth up to $2.5 billion. NextGov reports this IT services contract could touch every tax system the government uses. Shanna Webbers, Chief Procurement Officer at the Internal Revenue Service, said her team created the […]


General Services Administration head will face challenge of competition between acquisition programs

Robin Carnahan is the new nominee for administrator of the General Services Administration. If the Senate confirms her, she will lead all of the agency’s acquisition priorities. Larry Allen, President of Allen Federal Business Partners, said different government acquisition programs can lead to tension in the agency and a competitive atmosphere, which will present a […]


New Department of Homeland Security contract will prioritize cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security has a new draft of its FirstSource III solicitation. The agency will use the $10 billion small business contract for information technology software and hardware. Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said some areas of improvement since the 2012 FirstSource II contract are cybersecurity provisions, […]

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