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All Agencies Can Now Buy Innovative Tech at Shark-Tank Speed – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

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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.

Source: All Agencies Can Now Buy Innovative Tech at Shark-Tank Speed – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Agencies Need to Take More Risks in Acquisition – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

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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.”

Source: Agencies Need to Take More Risks in Acquisition – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Contractors Oppose Proposed Limit on Federal Bid Protests – Contracting – GovExec.com

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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.

Source: Contractors Oppose Proposed Limit on Federal Bid Protests – Contracting – GovExec.com

Army Told to Improve Monitoring of Small Business Subcontracts – Contracting – GovExec.com

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Pentagon watchdog finds high turnover and poor training among contracting officials.

Source: Army Told to Improve Monitoring of Small Business Subcontracts – Contracting – GovExec.com

Agency-By-Agency Spending Levels Under Trump’s 2019 Budget – Management – GovExec.com

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Most civilian agencies would see substantial decreases from 2017 spending.

Source: Agency-By-Agency Spending Levels Under Trump’s 2019 Budget – Management – GovExec.com

Defense Authorization Bill Allows Pilot Program on Curbing Bid Protests – Defense – GovExec.com

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A Senate-proposed “loser pays” mandate on major contracts was watered down.

Source: Defense Authorization Bill Allows Pilot Program on Curbing Bid Protests – Defense – GovExec.com

Puerto Rico Terminates Controversial Contract to Restore Its Power – Management – GovExec.com

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Arrangement had caused concern at FEMA and on Capitol Hill.

Source: Puerto Rico Terminates Controversial Contract to Restore Its Power – Management – GovExec.com

Lawmakers, Procurement Experts Call Puerto Rico Power Contract a ‘Travesty’ – Oversight – GovExec.com

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Several investigations already underway for $300 million contract that “raises every red flag in the book.”

Source: Lawmakers, Procurement Experts Call Puerto Rico Power Contract a ‘Travesty’ – Oversight – GovExec.com

GSA Relaxes Rules to Speed Contracting for Hurricane Relief Efforts – Contracting – GovExec.com

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Agency raises purchase thresholds and says preference should be given to local firms.

Source: GSA Relaxes Rules to Speed Contracting for Hurricane Relief Efforts – Contracting – GovExec.com

Federal Officials Say Privately They Are ‘Pretty Certain’ Layoffs Are Coming – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

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Agencies are asking OPM with help to RIF, assist workers to find new jobs.

Source: Federal Officials Say Privately They Are ‘Pretty Certain’ Layoffs Are Coming – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

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