Time is ripe to dump the DUNS, industry data group says

The Office of Management and Budget seems to be exploring possible alternatives to the proprietary standard that agencies have used for decades to identify companies and organizations that win federal grants and contract awards.

OMB leaders indicated at a recent DATA Coalition summit that they will conduct an alternatives analysis to the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which the federal government uses through a contract with the company Dun & Bradstreet.

And the General Services Administration’s 18F team is developing an identification code that would temporarily help agencies move from the nine-digit DUNS number to another standard, according to Hudson Hollister, executive director for the DATA Coalition.

Continue reading: http://federalnewsradio.com/open-datatransparency/2016/05/time-ripe-dump-duns-industry-data-group-says/

Federal Acquisition Regulation: System for Award Management Registration

Action

Proposed rule.

Summary

DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to update the instructions for System for Award Management (SAM) registration requirements and to correct an inconsistency with offeror representation and certification requirements.

Dates

Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat Division at one of the addresses shown below on or before July 19, 2016 to be considered in the formation of the final rule.

Learn more: https://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAR_FRDOC_0001-1155

New DHA Mandate Routes All IT Buys Through GSA

Going forward, the Defense Health Agency will contract for its health IT needs solely through the General Services Administration, according to a DHA memo dated April 25.

The memo — signed by DHA Component Acquisition Executive Michael O’Bar — requires health agency procurement officers use GSA governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs) and schedules for “previously unsolicited and follow-on contracts/task orders” for all IT and health care systems, effective immediately.

DHA acquisition officials determined GSA vehicles were the best fit after reviewing guidance in the Department of Defense’s April 2015 memo on the Better Buying Power 3.0 initiative — which stresses contracting efficiency and strategic sourcing — and its own acquisition strategy, released December 2015.

Continue reading: https://www.govtechworks.com/new-dha-mandate-routes-all-it-buys-through-gsa/#gs.BE4LY1A

Pentagon Wants to Raise Purchase Card Maximum to $10,000

The Pentagon wants to accelerate procurements by raising the “micro-purchase threshold” for using a government credit card from the current $3,000 maximum to $10,000 as part of the fiscal 2017 Defense authorization act.

The proposed language, first reported by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, would also require the Office of Management and Budget to update its guidance to help ensure that agencies follow “sound acquisition practices when using the government purchase card” and “maintain internal controls that reduce the risk of fraud, waste and abuse.”

Continue reading: http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2016/05/pentagon-wants-raise-purchase-card-maximum-10000/127965/

Obama to ask contractors for information on greenhouse gas disclosures

The Obama administration is preparing to ask federal contracts to disclose more information about how they track their greenhouse gas emissions.

The White House’s Federal Acquisition Regulation Council proposed a new rule Wednesday that would ask federal government contractors to report on a host of greenhouse gas considerations.

Contractors would be required to say whether — and where — they publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, if they have emissions reduction goals or targets and how climate change might pose a threat to their operations.

Officials filed the rule in the Federal Register on Wednesday, setting up a public comment period and finalization later this year.

Continue reading: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/281244-obama-to-ask-contractors-for-information-on-greenhouse-gas

Bid Protest Reference Notices

New Process Coming:
This summer, GAO will establish a secure and easy-to-use web-based electronic bid protest filing and dissemination system (EPDS). EPDS will also provide automatic notice of a protest to the agency. Once it is live, all protesters will be required to use the system to file new protests, and there will be a $350.00 filing fee. Funds from the filing fee will be used to pay for the operation and maintenance of the system. This new process necessitates changes in GAO’s Bid Protest Regulations found at 4 C.F.R. part 21. You can view and comment on our Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, including the proposed filing fee, which is published in the Federal Register, by May 16, 2016. Additional materials regarding e-filing will be added to our website, so please check back for updates.

Notice Regarding Changes to Protective Order, April 7, 2008

Final Rule at FederalRegister.gov regarding changes to GAO’s Bid Protest Jurisdiction concerning OMB Circular A-76, Indefinite-delivery/Indefinite-quality task orders, TSA procurements, and other administrative changes to GAO’s Bid Protest Regulations. These changes are reflected in the GAO’s Bid Protest Regulations.

Proposed Rule at FederalRegister.gov regarding changes to GAO’s Bid Protest Jurisdiction concerning OMB Circular A-76, Indefinite-delivery/Indefinite-quality task orders, TSA procurements, and other administrative changes to GAO’s Bid Protest Regulations.

US Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

BATH, Maine (NNS) — The Navy accepted delivery of future USS Zumwalt (DDG
1000), the lead ship of the Navy’s next-generation of multimission surface combatants, May 20.

DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.

Ship delivery follows extensive tests, trials and demonstrations of the ship’s hull, mechanical, and electrical systems including the ship’s boat handling, anchor and mooring systems as well as major demonstrations of the damage control, ballasting, navigation and communications systems.

Continue reading: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94794

A pivot to post-award

Most efforts to improve the procurement system during the last 20 years have focused on the process by which agencies work to develop requirements and acquisition approaches (known in contracting terms as “acquisition planning”), and to choose a winning contractor (known as “source selection”).

In contrast, the third stage — post-award contract management — has received relatively little attention, low visibility, and often insufficient resources from government and industry alike. Some even worry that, to borrow the title of a 2008 IBM Center brief on the topic written by Allan Burman, former administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy, that after contract award, nobody is “minding the store.”

Continue reading: https://fcw.com/blogs/lectern/2016/05/kelman-chenok-post-award.aspx?s=fcwdaily_200516

How the Pentagon is Preparing for a Tank War With Russia

When Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster briefs, it’s like Gen. Patton giving a TED talk — a domineering physical presence with bristling intellectual intensity.

These days, the charismatic director of the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center is knee-deep in a project called The Russia New Generation Warfare study, an analysis of how Russia is re-inventing land warfare in the mud of Eastern Ukraine. Speaking recently at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., McMaster said that the two-year-old conflict had revealed that the Russians have superior artillery firepower, better combat vehicles, and have learned sophisticated use of UAVs for tactical effect. Should U.S. forces find themselves in a  land war with Russia, he said, they would be in for a rude, cold awakening.

Continue reading: http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2016/05/how-pentagon-preparing-tank-war-russia/128460/?oref=defenseone_today_nl

Policy Bill Aims to Tame Cost-Plus Contracts

WASHINGTON — Responding to fears the US military’s technological superiority is at risk, the Senate Armed Services Committee advanced an annual defense policy bill that would open competition to commercial industry, seen as a spur to innovation and cost-efficiency.

The marquee change, if the SASC’s version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act passes Congress and is signed by the president, is the proposed closure of the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer’s office and reassignment of its duties to two new defense undersecretaries for innovation and acquisitions management. It also contains far-reaching language to curb a major concern of SASC Chairman John McCain: cost-plus contracts.

Continue reading: http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2016/05/16/policy-bill-tame-cost-plus-contracts/84449562/