2018 NDAA

  • Former diplomatic security agent charged with spying for China

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a former State Department special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service has appeared in federal court on charges of giving top-secret documents to a Chinese agent.

  • An Amazon for DoD? Not so fast

    The idea of an Amazon-like market is the latest iteration of a durable idea, namely getting the government to buy commercial items in a commercial way.

  • House begins work today on another round of DoD acquisition overhauls

    The House Armed Services Committee is set to begin its annual marathon session marking up the Defense authorization bill today. The initial draft includes more than 60 provisions dealing with acquisition, including one telling DoD to buy commercial products from online “marketplaces” like Amazon.

  • House panel votes to split Air Force, create new US Space Corps

    The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to carve out the Air Force’s current space missions and turn them over to a new U.S. Space Corps. But several members objected, saying the full committee has never even held a hearing on the issue.

  • To fund benefits for families of fallen service members, Congress looks to hike pharmacy costs

    House and Senate committees are looking to permanently fix a program for military widows by hiking prescription fees for TRICARE beneficiaries.

  • Senate’s version of NDAA penalizes underperforming software programs, orders fixes

    The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act cuts funding for several software programs the panel sees as underperforming, and implements what congressional officials say are corrective measures to DoD’s IT buying habits.

  • Larry Allen: What contractors need to know about DoD budget process

    All of the Washington ways of getting things in and out of a defense budget are coming into play. Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin, how contractors can at least keep track of the game.

  • An analysis of the 2018 NDAA

    How would DoD and industry be impacted by the House’s proposed 2018 National Defense Authorization Act? Find out this week, when Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf. August 8, 2017

  • Transactional data reporting, NDAA & more

    Jonathan Aronie, partner at Sheppard Mullin LLP, joins host Roger Waldron on this week’s Off the Shelf to discuss the impact of GSA Schedules program’s transactional data reporting requirements. August 29, 2017

  • Grassley: DoD audit plan ‘doomed to failure’

    Amendment set for Senate debate this week would focus DoD’s attention on fixing weaknesses in “feeder systems” that supply vital financial data.