Archive for May, 2015

New Senate Defense Bill Proposes Acquisition Reforms

Friday, May 29th, 2015


A $612 billion 2016 defense authorization bill that recently cleared committee in the Senate makes a major point of rectifying shortfalls in the acquisition, going so far as to treat them as a national security threat. At the same time, the bill also seeks to hasten cuts in headquarters personnel at the Pentagon as a cost-cutting measure. Learn more about the Senate defense bill in this week’s blog.



The new Senate defense bill proposes substantial acquisition reforms to streamline and improve the acquisition process.


Whistleblower Says VA Engages in Unlawful Procurement Practices

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


The VA knowingly and willfully engages in unlawful procurement practices, according to Jan Frye, the VA’s deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Acquisitions and Logistics. Learn more in this week’s blog.



A Veterans Affairs whistleblower alleged that the VA engages in unlawful procurement practices.



Contractors Comment on House Pentagon Purchasing Bill

Thursday, May 14th, 2015


The largest contractors trade organization in the country recently commented on a bill in the House of Representatives that would make several changes to the Pentagon’s acquisition process. While the group said it was a step in the right direction, it pointed out a number of items in the bill that it said could lead to undesirable results, and noted that these items should be scrutinized. Learn more in our blog.



Contractors oppose a plan to centralize Pentagon purchasing.


New Bill Would Improve Department of Homeland Security Acquisition

Thursday, May 7th, 2015


A new bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representative would making significant changes aimed at streamlining and improving purchasing and acquisition conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. Learn more in our blog.



The House wants to improve DHS acquisition and purchasing.