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How agencies and contractors can act on new fact sheet for addressing inequity

The Biden administration will aim to double contracts for small and disadvantaged businesses. A fact sheet from the White House says only about 10% of federal contracts go to Small Disadvantaged Businesses. Liza V. Craig, Esq., counsel at Reed Smith LLP, said agencies will have to increase efforts to expand opportunities for contracting with businesses […]

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Federal acquisition expert says contractors should plan for unexpected changes

The $6 trillion White House budget request will change contractor activities for fiscal 2022. The request shows big budget increases, but contractors can’t quite track directly where those bump-ups will go yet. Larry Allen, President of Allen Federal Business Partners, recommends companies bet their pipelines early this year and pay close attention to specific patterns, […]

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Nontraditional outcome possible in Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure procurement

The Defense Department isn’t giving up on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing contract. It writes in a new court filing that its defense of the contract could take several more months. Joe Jordan, Chief Executive Officer of Actuparo, said “everything is on the table” and he could see a solution where the […]

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Defense Department must institutionalize technology acquisition lessons from pandemic

The cash influx in the Technology Modernization Fund (a government funding vehicle that encourages modernization) should help agencies accelerate digital transformation efforts. Keeping the momentum going after the pandemic is over could be more of a challenge. Danelle Barrett, former Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Navy, said Department of Defense leadership must keep and […]

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Acquisitions “tidal wave” could lead to cutting corners, says former acting General Services Administration head

Activity in agency procurement shops is about to skyrocket because of the billions of dollars coming to agencies from stimulus bills. A lot of that money will hit as agencies are gearing up for the fourth quarter of this fiscal year. Jim Williams, former Acting Administrator of the General Services Administration, said he believes a […]

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Greg Giddens suggests mandatory training for functional collaboration

The huge procurement blizzard coming could force changes in the way agencies buy. A movement exists to drive functional collaboration in acquisition. Greg Giddens, former Chief Acquisition Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, said functional collaboration in acquisition involves bringing together key players, including mission owners, procurement, logistics, legal, budget and others, to work […]

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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 […]

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