It’s taken a couple of weeks, but the White House and various agencies have more or less come up with policies for contractors trying to support the government during the virus crisis.
The Defense Department has set up a daily call with associations representing its vendors to take stock of how the coronavirus is impacting its industrial base while the White House has activated a 1950 law to give agencies procurement priority.
The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency will name a new permanent director after months of acting leadership.
One backlog goes down, another one pops up. That’s how it is in the background security clearance process.
Federal contractors are pleased with the progress the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency has made in slashing the background investigation inventory, but they’re still searching for solutions that address the end-to-end suitability, credentialing and security clearance process.
Procurement administrative lead time is a nice phrase for how bureaucratically long it takes from when the time an agency decides it might need to buy something, to when it awards a contract.
Can Congress do the seemingly impossible, such as getting 2021 appropriations bills done before the end of the current fiscal year?
Agencies have a specific goal now from Congress to move security clearance holders from periodic reinvestigations to continuous vetting programs. The goal is just one of several provisions aimed at modernizing the security clearance process that lawmakers included in the 2020 defense policy bill.
To talk more about what the situation looks like, the Professional Services Council’s David Berteau joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
President and CEO of the Professional Services Council David Berteau joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin for what services contractors are thinking.