Have you been watching enviously as the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), the Homeland Security Department’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program and various other exceptional entities have been able to snap up new technological wonders from Silicon Valley and elsewhere? Using what’s known as “other transaction agreements,” a blessed few government agencies have been able to circumvent onerous acquisition rules to quickly purchase innovative technologies.
The recently released president’s management agenda states that efforts to transform government through major acquisitions are hamstrung by processes that “remain captive to a risk-averse culture that rewards compliance over creativity.”
As the Senate Armed Services Committee on Monday began its markup of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, a contractors group was pushing committee leaders to reject a Pentagon proposal to curb time-consuming bid protests.
Pentagon watchdog finds high turnover and poor training among contracting officials.
Most civilian agencies would see substantial decreases from 2017 spending.
A Senate-proposed “loser pays” mandate on major contracts was watered down.
Arrangement had caused concern at FEMA and on Capitol Hill.
Several investigations already underway for $300 million contract that “raises every red flag in the book.”
Agency raises purchase thresholds and says preference should be given to local firms.
Agencies are asking OPM with help to RIF, assist workers to find new jobs.