A lease was a “contract” under the Contract Disputes Act, according to a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
We’ve been discussing the Section 809 Panel and everyone’s hope that it brings significant reforms to the acquisition process. Ultimately, many of the recommended reforms are going to require legislative action to implement so this isn’t something that will happen overnight. Also, we don’t know how many sacred cows that might be sacrificed bringing real reform into the process so we’ll just have to wait and see how it all develops.
SDVOSBs must be unconditionally owned by service-disabled veterans–and that means no “right of first refusal” provisions, according to a recent SBA OHA
Executive Order 13794, The Establishment of the American Technology Council, set forth an initiative to modernize the federal government’s information technology infrastructure and systems. Issued May 1, 2017, the order’s first task for the ATC was to define its strategy to modernize IT. The Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization was released for public comment in August.
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) proudly announced on Sept. 13 at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington that his baby was on the fast track to graduation. Of course, the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on IT was talking about the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act and its inclusion in the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization bill.
If the departments of State, Agriculture and Housing and Urban Development are any indication, federal technology offices are in store for major shakeups over the next year.
And for many, that may not be such as bad thing.
The acquisition service will have some familiar faces and expects more permanent regional leaders soon.
For the past couple of days, we’ve been discussing the activities of the Section 809 Panel (refer to Update on Section 809 Panel). Ultimately, the Panel will be “making recommendations, including actionable changes to regulatory and statutory language, to improve the acquisition process within DoD.” For the purposes of the panel, regulations include not only regulations, but executive orders, directives, policies, and procedures as well. The Panel’s goal is to take a comprehensive approach to weeding out regulatory and statutory underbrush that gets in the way of the DoD mission and to recommend entirely new pathways for approaching defense acquisition that promotes innovation, agility, and speed across the whole range of goods and services.
Privacy Shield gets its first review — Equifax fallout continues
Alan Thomas, the commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, is shuffling the executives’ chairs.
Most importantly, Thomas named Mary Davie to be the deputy FAS commissioner.