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