GAO Bid Protest Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2020

During the 2020 fiscal year, we received 2,149 cases: 2,052 protests, 56 cost claims, and 41 requests for reconsideration. We closed 2,137 cases during the fiscal year, 2,024 protests, 66 cost claims, and 47 requests for reconsideration. Of the 2,137 cases closed, 417 were attributable to GAO’s bid protest jurisdiction over task orders. Enclosed for your information is a chart comparing bid protest activity for fiscal years 2016-2020. https://www.gao.gov/assets/720/711556.pdf

Final rule: “National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)”

The Federal Register published the final rule titled “National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)” (32 CFR part 117) today. The rule can be found here. The NISPOM establishes requirements for the protection of classified information disclosed to or developed by contractors, licensees, grantees, or certificate holders to prevent unauthorized disclosure. The rule will become effective February 24, 2021, and authorizes the contractor no more than 6 months to comply with changes from the effective date of the rule.  

OASIS On-Ramps are Complete! What’s Next?

December 15, 2020 | Tiffany Hixson, Assistant Commissioner, GSA Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories

FAS supports billions in services spend annually and we recognize the needs of our federal customers have become increasingly complex. To better meet these needs, the Services Marketplace initiative will focus on achieving three goals:

  • Rationalizing, aligning, and expanding GSA’s Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC), Multiple Award Contract, and MAS service contract offerings.
  • Improving FAS’s market research and buying tools for federal acquisition professionals.
  • Improving the data and reporting systems used in support of our acquisition programs.

Learn more are https://www.gsa.gov/blog/2020/12/15/oasis-on-ramps-are-complete-whats-next

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Federal Agencies Need to Take Urgent Action to Manage Supply Chain Risks

GAO-21-171: Published: Dec 15, 2020. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 2020.

Federal agencies rely on information and communications technology products and services to carry out their operations. The global supply chain for this technology faces threats, including from intelligence services and others who may seek to steal intellectual property, compromise integrity of the systems, and more. GAO identified 7 practices for providing an agency-wide approach to managing these supply chain risks. For example, agencies should develop a process for reviewing potential suppliers.  https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-21-171

GSA Relaunches Federal Service Desk With New Look and Added Security

Following the same trajectory as a number of the General Services Administration’s acquisition tools and websites this year, the Federal Service Desk—the go-to help desk for all of the agency’s procurement tools and services—got a new look and stronger security measures. This week, FSD.gov got a makeover, with a new skin and some new functionalities. https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2020/12/gsa-relaunches-federal-service-desk-new-look-and-added-security/170668/

Department of Defense Other Transaction Authority Trends: A New R&D Funding Paradigm?

CSIS Briefs – December 8, 2020 As the DoD and congressional leadership have sought ways to maintain continued U.S. technological superiority against global competitors like China and Russia, OTA agreements have become an increasingly popular tool. Between FY 2015 and FY 2019, DoD OTA obligations increased from $0.7 billion to $7.4 billion, a 712 percent increase.  https://www.csis.org/analysis/department-defense-other-transaction-authority-trends-new-rd-funding-paradigm