The ACQUIRE Feed - Issue 6


FITARA: Maintaining momentum (FCW)

Those of us who care deeply about how effectively and efficiently the federal government operates believe improving IT management is foundational, and we see FITARA as the potential catalyst for driving that improvement, writes Richard Spires.

Contracting cases could be held up by Supreme Court uncertainty (FCW)

Add two key federal contracting lawsuits to the long list of issues that could be complicated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Hurd sees promise in revolving IT fund, but wants agencies to carry the ball (FCW)

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) welcomed the administration's cybersecurity budget and IT modernization efforts, but said it is up to agencies to make the most of them.

Talking with a procurement icon about post-award contract management (FCW)

Steve Kelman gets Deidre Lee's take on the challenges agencies face.

Obama bemoans obsolete tech in budget request (FCW)

The president put the federal government's portfolio of aging IT systems front and center in his final budget request to Congress.

Pentagon seeks more visibility into industry R&D (FCW)

A proposed rule would require firms undertaking government-reimbursed independent R&D efforts to tell defense officials before doing so, and to share the results of those investments afterward.

Can you afford retirement? (Federal Soup)

Are you ready to retire? That’s an easy question to answer. The real question is: Will you be able to afford your medications, health care expenses and mortgage during retirement?

IT modernization fund won't impinge on Schedule 70 (FCW)

The White House's proposed $3.1 billion fund to modernize federal IT would reside with GSA, but the agency's Schedule 70 director said the fund won't hurt the government's go-to source for IT acquisition.

New bill would enshrine OMB's software licensing policy in law (FCW)

A Senate bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to ensure that every executive agency develops a comprehensive software licensing policy.

SPAWAR's strategic plan focusing on cyber (Defense Systems)

The plan, among other things, calls for advanced cyber capabilities, a clear structure for cyber leadership and ready access to data.