CIO Council Initiatives
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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
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.
Lexis Nexis and the Data Foundation make a case for a decentralized but standard ID tag for all legal entities.
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.
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).
At the beginning of the summer, I published a blog on how the Department of Homeland Security had tried an innovative approach to its FLASH competition for an agile contracting BPA, run into problems evaluating bidders, and finally withdrew the procurement — with DHS Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa taking responsibility for the mistakes while defending the idea of trying new ways of doing things. The original blog focused on Correa’s work to overcome the culture of fear in government. But it also mentioned the nature of DHS’s innovative approach, where source selection “centered not around a traditional written proposal but instead around companies actually performing a real agile task that was video-recorded and examined as a central part of proposal evaluation.”
Bill Zielinski was just tapped to lead the governmentwide effort to pay less for IT.
With agencies’ draft reorganization plans due at the end of the month, senators want to focus on legislative solutions to the low-hanging fruit for improving agency efficiencies.
When business leaders talk about what contributes to their company’s success, they often point to the importance of strong relationships in their industry. In the government IT ecosystem, having strong connections with channel partners, tech suppliers and government end-users is crucial for growing revenue.
That’s why the theme for our 4th Annual Government IT Sales Summit is “Crucial Connections.” Taking place Nov. 16, 2017, in Reston, VA, this year’s Summit will help make those crucial connections between top solution providers, IT manufacturers, systems integrators and resellers.