Federal contractors said the recent government shutdown was marked by confusion, lack of communication and unclear guidance from agencies about their responsibilities.
Industry says the President’s recent security clearance transfer brings promise for long-awaited modernization to the entire personnel vetting process.
Commandant Karl Schultz stood before the House on Tuesday laying out the agency’s many concerns and promises. Schultz said fiscal 2020 will focus mainly on readiness and addressing maritime challenges.
New legislation from several senators would grant back pay to low-wage federal contractors during the partial government shutdown.
The Defense Department is still implementing provisions of laws made almost two years ago.
Congress is further along in the annual appropriations process than it usually is at this point in August, but that doesn’t mean contractors should drop planning for the possibility of a government shutdown.
The Trump administration is drafting an executive order to authorize the transfer of the governmentwide security clearance program from the Office of Personnel Management and National Background Investigations Bureau to the Pentagon.
Customs and Border Protection is still losing more border patrol agents faster than the agency can hire new ones, said Mark Borkowski, the agency’s chief acquisition officer.
The Trump administration is also considering a move of another Office of Personnel Management program, HR Solutions. Multiple sources say the administration wants to move HR Solutions to the General Services Administration.
The Professional Services Council plans to submit comment to the Defense Department on how they can shorten their procurement and acquisition lead time.