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Section 809 Panel – Team 9 – Cost Accounting Standards | PNWC’s Government Contracting Update

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The Section 809 Panel, created by section 809 of the 2016 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) was tasked with finding ways to streamline and improve the defense acquisition process. The Panel has two years to do it.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Section 809 Panel – Team 9 – Cost Accounting Standards

Getting Smarter about RFPs | Government Technology

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We look at a few companies working to help government get better at purchasing.

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IT modernization, procurement policy, and the GSA schedules: ‘To be or not to be’ – FederalNewsRadio.com

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This column was originally published on Roger Waldron’s blog at The Coalition for Government Procurement and was republished here with permission from the author.

On Aug. 30, the American Technology Council (ATC) issued for public comment its draft 36-point plan for federal IT modernization.  The draft, “Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization,” sets forth a blueprint for IT modernization focusing on three broad implementation areas:

(1) Network modernization and consolidation;

(2) Shared services to enable future network architectures;

(3) Resourcing federal network IT modernization.

Source: IT modernization, procurement policy, and the GSA schedules: ‘To be or not to be’ – FederalNewsRadio.com

Federal CIO Council Sponsors Federal Tech/Cyber Hiring and Recruitment Event | CIO.gov

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On November 6th and 7th, the Federal Chief Information Officers Council will host the first-ever, government-wide Federal Tech/Cyber Hiring and Recruitment Event at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, MD.

The Federal Government is seeking top information technology and cybersecurity talent to fill critical skills gaps. Data architects, computer scientists, cyber analysts, engineers, mathematicians, and project managers are needed to defend the nation’s infrastructure, deliver digital services to the American people, and modernize the Federal Government’s IT systems and operations.

Source: Federal CIO Council Sponsors Federal Tech/Cyber Hiring and Recruitment Event | CIO.gov

Bankruptcy Pending, But Contractor Still Wins Award – SmallGovCon

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A company about to enter bankruptcy was eligible to win a federal contract because the agency considered the relevant information in its responsibility

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Update on Section 809 Panel | PNWC’s Government Contracting Update

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It is time for an update on the activities of the Section 809 Panel, an advisory panel formed to streamline the Defense Department’s acquisition regulations. The name ‘Section 809 Panel” comes from Section 809 of the Fiscal Year 2016 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). For more information on this panel, refer to “New Advisory Panel to be Formed to Streamline Acquisition Regulations“. Briefly, the Section 809 Panel’s overarching objective has been to make recommendations that, if adopted, will enable DoD to more consistently buy what it needs in a timely and cost-effective manner – whether that be commercial items, information technology, services, weapon systems, or the full range of tools and equipment on which war-fighters depend.

Source: PNWC’s Government Contracting Update: Update on Section 809 Panel

Here’s How the Government Could Better Track Contract Spending – Nextgov.com

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Lexis Nexis and the Data Foundation make a case for a decentralized but standard ID tag for all legal entities.

Source: Here’s How the Government Could Better Track Contract Spending – Nextgov.com

IT modernization has bipartisan support but where are the dollars? | Lohfeld

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The White House’s recently released IT Modernization Report, out for public comment until September 20, says all the right things.

The American Technology Council draft, required by Executive Order (EO) 13800, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, recommends that agencies take the following steps to secure and modernize federal IT:

  • Modernize and consolidate networks: Cloud computing, modernization of government-hosted applications, and better security for legacy systems.
  • Use shared services to enable future network architectures: Commercial cloud, cloud email and collaboration tools, and additional security for shared services.

These initiatives are like motherhood and apple pie, sure to enjoy bipartisan support.

Source: IT modernization has bipartisan support but where are the dollars? | Lohfeld

Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – September 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

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

Highlights this month include:

  • Government shutdown could cause disruption to contracting community
  • DoD plans to restructure its acquisition department
  • Sequester may cause significant spending cuts to DoD programs

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 – September 2017 | Government Contracts Advisor

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