The White House’s American Technology Council is seeking comments on its draft plan to move agencies off legacy IT.
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.
Industry experts reacted with optimism and surprise to the decision by the General Services Administration to merge the Technology Transformation Service into the Federal Acquisition Service.
Industry and lawmakers generally like the bill, but think it might need to be fleshed out a little more.
Organization, accountability and a willingness to partner with industry are necessary to improving federal IT acquisition.
Tony Scott, the federal chief information officer, said in an exit interview that the update to Circular A-130 and the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) are among the most significant accomplishments during his almost two-year tenure, which will end Jan. 17.
The technology industry wants to transform the federal IT market that brings about new ways to fund, develop, procure, deliver, manage and sustain innovative technology solutions.
Government would grind to a halt faster without contractors than without a permanent budget bill. Yet like their federal employee counterparts, contractors spend a lot of time trying to interpret the tea leaves as the Trump administration prepares to take over. Especially information technology companies. With what contractors are expecting and hoping, Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for the public sector at the Information Technology Industry Council, fills in Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Federal IT experts say it’s unclear what a Trump administration will focus on when it comes to technology policies and programs.
The Modernization Government Technology Act received approval from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Sept. 15 and will likely get voted on by the full House on Sept. 20.
Six federal contractors trade associations have signed a letter asking that a rule on organizational conflict of interest be delayed a little longer. The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council had planned on making it final right now. Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president at the Information Technology Alliance for the Public Sector, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with the latest developments.
Lawmakers are offering the Modernizing Obsolete and Vulnerable Enterprise IT (MOVE-IT) Act as an alternative to the White House’s $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund proposal to help agencies update technology networks and applications.
The General Services Administration issued the final rule around data transaction reporting requiring vendors under the schedules contracts and governmentwide acquisition contracts to provide more detailed information about what agencies are buying.
Two years after the administration set up two new federal "start-ups" to help agencies adopt more innovative technology, some in the public and private sectors say the U.S. Digital Service and 18F still operate in their own silos, and there is little communication from the organizations as they embark on new projects.