Two of the agencies with the lowest Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act grades pushed back on their scores, and outlined their future modernization plans before a House panel.
When a big department spends 40 percent of it contract dollars through indefinite delivery – indefinite quantity contracts, it is worth checking to see if IDIQs offer enough competition. The Government Accountability Office looked at two years worth of IDIQ spending by the Defense Department. Bill Woods, director of contracting and national security acquisition issues at the GAO, talked with Federal Drive with Tom Temin about what auditors found.
In AlliantCorps, LLC, B-415744.2, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest by AlliantCorps, LLC (Alliant) alleging violations of the Procurement Integrity Act (PIA) by the Department of the Navy (Navy) following Alliant’s prior protest of a task order award to DKW Communications, Inc. (DKW). Alliant asserted that DKW improperly received Alliant’s bid and proposal… Continue Reading
Have you been watching enviously as the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), the Homeland Security Department’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program and various other exceptional entities have been able to snap up new technological wonders from Silicon Valley and elsewhere? Using what’s known as “other transaction agreements,” a blessed few government agencies have been able to circumvent onerous acquisition rules to quickly purchase innovative technologies.
Overall, the government met and even exceeded its goal for small business prime contracts last fiscal year, the $100 billion mark for the first time. But agencies fell short of their overall subcontracting goal.
The recently released president’s management agenda states that efforts to transform government through major acquisitions are hamstrung by processes that “remain captive to a risk-averse culture that rewards compliance over creativity.”
Surely many contractors have had their issues with Government oversight from time to time. One of those oversight organizations is the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). DCMA performs contract administration services for DoD and other Federal agencies and a limited number of foreign governments. Within DCMA is an IT (Information Technology) Directorate whose program managers, contracting officers representatives (CORs) contract specialists, and contracting officers are involved in awarding and administering DCMA IT service contracts. It seems that DCMA cannot effectively administer their own contracts.
IN REVERSE? — Eleven federal agencies actually got lower grades in the latest scorecard that measures their performance under a 2014 IT overhaul law, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. But it might not be as bad as it seems at first glance, or, depending on your perspective, it might be worse: The new scorecard adds several new criteria, and one of them is explicitly cybersecurity-centric. Today, the House Oversight IT Subcommittee meets to evaluate the grades.
Despite decreasing small business participation, the SBA says the government met its FY 2017 contracting goals.
It was not too long ago — around this time last year in fact — that defense stocks continually reached and breached new all-time highs in hopes of increases in military spending under a Donald Trump administration after years of flat or declining budgets.