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How to fix the Pentagon’s acquisition workforce problems in one week — FCW

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The Section 809 Panel, established to find ways to streamline and improve the defense acquisition process, has advocated for drastic changes, primarily by empowering acquisition leaders to make buying and hiring decisions and boosting funding to train civilian acquisition workers, according to its latest report.

Source: How to fix the Pentagon’s acquisition workforce problems in one week — FCW

GSA looks to streamline acquisition for federal buyers — FCW

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In a step it hopes will help ease agency acquisition of everything from IT systems to pencils, the General Services Administration is adding a feature to its schedule programs called Order Level Materials, which was the subject of a recent rulemaking process.

Source: GSA looks to streamline acquisition for federal buyers — FCW

The misguided campaign to undermine OTAs and innovation — FCW

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In government contracting, it is a truism that significant challenges to the status quo invariably create pushback. But the status quo in government IT is inertia, and in a world of constantly evolving cyber threats, this creates greater risks and vulnerabilities. Our enemies in cyberspace are not standing still. Why should federal agencies?

Source: The misguided campaign to undermine OTAs and innovation — FCW

Watchdog: GSA isn’t clearing all contactors for work on telecom transition — FCW

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According to an oversight memo, the General Services Administration didn’t complete required background checks on all contractors working on transition duties for the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Systems contract.

Source: Watchdog: GSA isn’t clearing all contactors for work on telecom transition — FCW

Small biz programs for contractors could be consolidated in reorg — FCW

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The White House proposed consolidating programs that offer credentials to small businesses aspiring to contract with the federal government as part of a proposed large-scale reorganization plan released by the Trump administration June 21.

Source: Small biz programs for contractors could be consolidated in reorg — FCW

It’s time to fix our cloud procurement problems — FCW

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The government’s desire to move to cloud computing is gaining significant momentum. The White House is drafting a major new cloud policy (the first since 2010), and the newly created Cloud Center of Excellence, designed to drive government cloud adoption, began its pilot program at the Department of Agriculture several months ago.

Source: It’s time to fix our cloud procurement problems — FCW

CIOs push back on FITARA scores — FCW

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Two of the agencies with the lowest Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act grades pushed back on their scores, and outlined their future modernization plans before a House panel.

Source: CIOs push back on FITARA scores — FCW

CDM acquisition gets simpler — FCW

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The General Services Administration is making cybersecurity services simpler for federal acquisition professionals to order via a special item number on the Schedule 70 IT acquisition vehicle.

Source: CDM acquisition gets simpler — FCW

FITARA grades continue their slide — FCW

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The closest thing to a federal IT report card was released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The news was not good.

Source: FITARA grades continue their slide — FCW

7 Steps for getting right with NIST 800-171 — FCW

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The deadline for defense contractors and subcontractors to implement the information security requirements listed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 has come and gone. There are more than 100 information security requirements in NIST 800-171, and it is a good bet that many smaller companies without ample IT resources fall into the category of: “We missed the deadline… what now?”

Source: 7 Steps for getting right with NIST 800-171 — FCW

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