It’s an interesting exercise to look at conference agendas and especially the conferences that are held year after year.
The topics these conferences cover and how they change from year to year can give you insights on what is important in the market and where it might be headed.
A contractor’s performance schedule, measured in “days,” meant calendar days under the general definition established in FAR 2.101, according to a recent ASBCA
Yesterday we introduced the Section 803 provision in the 2018 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) that will require the Defense Department to begin farming out some of its incurred cost audit functions to commercial firms. Though the probable soon-to-be law does not specify a particular percentage or dollar value of audits to be shaved off of DCAA’s (Defense Contract Audit Agency’s) current workload, the general tenor of the provision sounds like the sharing will be substantial and on-going.
The 2018 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) Conference Report has been published. The Conference Report refers to the final version of a bill that is negotiated between the House and the Senate via conference committee. It will still need to be submitted to each Chamber for its consideration for approval or disapproval but in the past, NDAA conference reports are routinely passed by both the House and Senate. So, assuming the President signs the bill, it will become law.
It’s been a long time coming, but the IT bureaucracy inside the Pentagon is getting streamlined and the new structure is producing positive results for the Defense Department.
Last month, the organization known as the Joint Service Provider, which manages all of the IT and cybersecurity defense services inside the DOD, declared full operational capability and became a subcomponent of the Defense Information Systems Agency.
When federal agencies acquire cloud services and products, they write requirements set under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program into their contracts. Unfortunately, sometimes those requirements are inconsistent or unclear.
The real change the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act will bring agency chief information officers, now that it has cleared one of the final hurdles to becoming law, is not the creation of a working capital fund. But rather, it’s the flexibility and specific requirements for using the money in the working capital fund that may be the MGT Act’s biggest impact.
If you are keeping score at home, chalk one up for industry in the battle to keep Amazon from dominating how agencies buy commercial products. But don’t expect this to the final score by far.
The ASBCA sustained a contractor’s claim for damages resulting from the government’s negligence in taking care of boats leased from the contractor.
Hurd’s effort to modernize federal information systems survives defense policy bill negotiations.