Acquisition Updates - A Look at July 2018


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Topics Covered This Month:  

  • The legislative latest: show me the (2019) money, redefining what’s commercial, and boosting small businesses
  • Tweaking workforce mixes, collaboration strategies, and procurement lead time
  • Tips from tech: how to be agile, innovative, and cybersecure successfully










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Marines Hiring Hackers to Fight Bugs

The Department of Defense (DoD) is calling on white-hat hackers to exterminate bugs at another military service in its sixth bug bounty program launched this week. This time, DoD challenged ethical hackers to “Hack the Marine Corps” and uncover cybersecurity vulnerabilities in public-facing websites and services connected to the …… » Read more


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Can NGA Escape the Room?

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) plans to lock its employees in escape rooms to test their knowledge of cybersecurity.  Unlike the Friday night fun version of an escape room many have done with friends, these rooms will span a week of puzzles, tests, and team challenges. As parts of its cyber hygiene training, NGA …… » Read more

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Military Gets Another Step Closer to Hypersonic Weapons

The Air Force is getting a jump on a fiscal year (FY) 2020 research and development (R&D) priority by awarding a potential $480 million undefinitized contract for a second hypersonic weapon prototype. Under the sole-source acquisition, Lockheed Martin will provide the critical design review, test, and production readiness …… » Read more

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5 Steps for Evidence-Based Acquisition

To help agencies solve new technical problems, 18F shared its strategy for evidence-based buying in a recent blog post. As an example, the digital services team used its approach for contracting the technology for building, a single sign-on service for government. Because technologies like this are so new, 18F used data to find a …… » Read more

VAO Templates current through FAC 2005-99

Support for your file documentation needs! VAO templates are up-to-date, including FAC 2005-99, effective June 15, 2018.

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