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Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – November 2017

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Our November edition of “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update” offers a summary of the relevant changes that took place during the month of October.

Highlights this month include:

  • House passes two bills to enhance national and border security
  • Civilian agency spending reaches highest level since 2010
  • House passes two bills to help small businesses enhance their cybersecurity

This update will also be available in Contract Management Magazine, which is published monthly by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Read the complete article here

SOURCE: Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – November 2017

Feds Can Hire Short-Term Tech Talent for Modernizing

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Office of Personnel Management announced a hiring authority would let agencies fill positions for up to a year.

Source: Feds Can Hire Short-Term Tech Talent for Modernizing

A modest proposal to improve government IT — FCW

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Alan Balutis and Don Upson debate the wisdom of a cabinet-level IT shop — and a thorough reorganization of about a dozen other agencies.

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As IT modernization ‘takes center stage,’ GSA awards Alliant 2 contract to be flexible, meet future needs of agency customers

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The A2 contract is a follow-on to the $50 billion Alliant GWAC that expires in April 2019.

Source: As IT modernization ‘takes center stage,’ GSA awards Alliant 2 contract to be flexible, meet future needs of agency customers

FY18 NDAA conference report signals significant increase in defense spending

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On November 8, 2017, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees released a conference report detailing their compromise FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The report, which merges the bills each committee passed earlier this year, outlines the policy goals and authorization levels for defense spending contained in the NDAA. With a total topline defense budget of about $700 billion, the NDAA surpasses both President Trump’s budget request and the DoD’s initial requests. The significant boost over the FY17 NDAA is designed to improve military readiness, drive military infrastructure advances and provide critical reforms.

We discuss the new NDAA’s acquisition reform initiatives and its provisions to strengthen cybersecurity, increase the size of the Armed Forces, and modernize military infrastructure and capabilities.

Read the complete article here.

SOURCE: FY18 NDAA conference report signals significant increase in defense spending

GSA adds hyperconverged infrastructure options to Schedule 70 — FCW

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The General Services Administration adds cloud-friendly platforms to its biggest multiple award IT contract.

Source: GSA adds hyperconverged infrastructure options to Schedule 70 — FCW

Lawmakers to Agencies on FITARA: Get It Together

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A House oversight committee pushed IT leaders to set more ambitious upgrade goals after its fifth assessment of federal agencies’ technology.

Source: Lawmakers to Agencies on FITARA: Get It Together

As IT modernization ‘takes center stage,’ GSA awards Alliant 2 contract to be flexible, meet future needs of agency customers

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The A2 contract is a follow-on to the $50 billion Alliant GWAC that expires in April 2019.

Source: As IT modernization ‘takes center stage,’ GSA awards Alliant 2 contract to be flexible, meet future needs of agency customers

GSA Awards $50B Alliant 2 Contract with Emerging Tech in Mind

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“We really did spend a lot of time looking at leading-edge technology,” a GSA official said.

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$50B Alliant 2 brings big management challenges — FCW

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With 61 vendors and counting on GSA’s newest governmentwide acquisition contract award, effective management is key to making Alliant 2 work for agencies and industry alike.

Source: $50B Alliant 2 brings big management challenges — FCW

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