New Pentagon guidance lets contracting officers make awards based on informal peer reviews of commercial vendors’ wares, instead of head-to-head competitions
In today’s Federal Newscast, over 30 veterans service organizations asked Senate and House Veterans Affairs leadership to help secure specific funding for the VA MISSION Act.
The Defense Department wants the contracting community to embrace a new policy that could upend the annual procurement cycle for major weapons systems.
The Pentagon wants vendors to take no more than two months to develop their final proposals when purchasing its weapons systems.
The Senior Executives Association honored 43 recipients of the 2015 Presidential Rank Awards at a banquet in Washington April 21. The winners were responsible for saving government more than $121 billion. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave the keynote speech.
DoD Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy Claire Grady said two updates on contract types and source selection are nearing release. The hope is to more clearly communicate with industry the wants and needs in government contracts.
Shay Assad, the director of Defense pricing, said the Defense Contract Management Agency will open an additional five centers of excellence over the next few months to help military services and agencies make better decisions when buying commercial items. Assad said DoD also needs to move to value-based pricing.
DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it’s bought before.
Pentagon’s most senior contract policy official is set to retire soon, but schedule is uncertain.
New data from Govini, a market research firm, finds the number of lowest price, technically acceptable awards doubled from 2009 to 2013. Vendors also are seeing more and more agencies issue solicitations where price is the only or a major evaluation criterion. DoD, civilian agency official acquisition officials say LPTA is one tool in a large toolbox.