The House approved as an amendment to the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act a version of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act lacking earlier language regarding open source software.
Though the suspension and debarment system has been around for many years, there is little guidance for it, Government Accountability Office Acting Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management John Neumann said at a June 12 House Government and Oversight Committee hearing .
Reasons for the TISCOM laptops unpopularity--auditors note a prevalence on what they call "non-standard laptops"--likely stems from several factors noted by auditors, including the fact that TISCOM charges recipients $2,270 per laptop and an annual fee of $1,533.91, meaning that a new laptop provided by the command costs nearly $4,000 in just its first year.
Federal spending data systems have improved in recent years but still come up short in their efforts to fully inform the public on government spending, says a June 6 brief from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Defense Department has proposed updating its regulations to require that major contractors subject to cost accounting standards – and their large subcontractors – have anti-counterfeit avoidance and detection systems in place for electronic parts.
Federal Acquisition Service management overrode contracting officers and pressured them to extend or award contracts based on complaints from contractors, a June 4 General Services Administration office of inspector general report (.pdf) says.
President Obama this week will propose legislation that would reduce payments for executive compensation tied to cost reimbursment contracts, Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Joe Jordan said in a May 30 blog post .
"We put something out there. We worked within the confines of the law to put something out there, and we collected some data to inform policy in the future. That, to me, is the most interesting part of this project. We're really creating data that can not only inform product decisions but maybe policy decisions as we move forward," said Clay Johnson, former Presidential Innovation Fellow for the RFP-EZ team.
The Navy Department added to the series of delays experienced by its Next Generation Enterprise Network acquisition program by announcing May 29 another delay to the award announcement.
For the Defense Department to make more cost-effective acquisitions, the department must be more realistic about its program expectations and control costs through the life cycle of products, DoD Under-Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall said at a May 23 Center for Strategic and International Studies event.