Federal Acquisition Policy and Procedure (PAP) 2021-05, Evaluation of FSS Program Pricing, sets forth “comprehensive guidance regarding the evaluation of pricing throughout the life of a Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) program contract.” This “internal” guidance outlines a host of evaluation and negotiation directives, standards, and considerations for FSS contracting officers.
By establishing new standards for AI safety, security and ethics, and promoting innovation, competition and public trust, the Biden executive order positions America as a leader in harnessing the technology's benefits and mitigating its risks.
More than 70% of the U.S. electrical transmission lines are over 25 years old, and aging technology has people concerned about reliability. Even the U.S. Department of Energy said the grid’s age creates “vulnerability.” It’s clear that existing technology must be updated to power the nation, but needs don’t stop there — we must also consider the new infrastructure the country plans to build. The planned rise in EVs will require 1.2 million chargers to make powering them as accessible as filling up at a gas station.
Recent data underscores that interest rates for VA home loans have hit record highs in recent years. This surge not only dampens aspirations but profoundly disrupts the financial well-being of veterans across the nation.
Generative AI is on the verge of crossing thresholds for which society is not ready. A national regulatory framework will hedge against the most destructive outcomes.
All agencies will see impactful results by embedding human-centered design principles in their IT modernization projects. Comprehensive collaboration between programmers, IT management staff, CX designers, trusted industry partners and government program owners is paramount for any successful CX initiative.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted pervasive health disparities throughout the country. To address the complexities of this issue, health equity has rightfully become a focal point for the current administration. With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, it’s important to put the lessons of the not-so-distant past into practice.
Along with employee onboarding, effective training and development programs are needed to help employees improve their skills and keep a skilled staff. For example, AI-powered automation can make it easier to sign up for courses, keep track of when they are finished and make progress updates. These features make it easy for government HR departments to make the most of their training resources and keep track of employee growth.
As the U.S. deepens and explicates its economic and military partnerships with key allies such as India, collaborative development of artificial intelligence is an integral part of those agreements. AI is revolutionizing the international political economy at an unprecedented pace.
With the start of the new fiscal year (FY24), the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) launched its much-anticipated organizational realignment. The realignment breaks down regional stovepipes across FAS, creating a more customer focused structure to support federal agencies and industry partners serving those agencies.
John Weiler, the executive director and co-founder of the IT Acquisition Advisory Council, calls for agencies to be more aggressive in preventing suppliers from advising on IT projects and then developing the system.
Traditional security controls are insufficient in protecting against major security breaches. They tend to be reactive, static, noncontextualized around threats and are often based on compliance requirements and information technology practices. As a result, traditional security controls are not responsive enough to anticipate, evolve and adapt to threat actors’ behaviors and activities.
With the transformative potential of artificial intelligence, we are entering an era of national security reshaped by revolutionary technology. AI presents the potential to improve future military operations by enhancing decision-making, combat effectiveness and operational efficiency.
In the pantheon of cybersecurity risks our federal government currently has on its plate, a quantum cyberattack may not be the immediate “front burner” issue. But it’s still a red-hot risk. Cryptographic algorithms secure everything from our industrial control systems to our national defenses to the entire U.S. financial system.