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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Dozens of New Federal Acquisition Directives Now Law

President Donald Trump has signed into law the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515), which contains dozens of acquisition policy directives for the Department of Defense (DoD) as well as civilian agencies. We covered some of those contracting policy changes before the recess. Other notable …… » Read more


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Army Targets 30-Day Procurement Goal

The Army is hoping to implement a 30-day acquisition process for cybersecurity capabilities with the help of a new other transaction authority (OTA) relationship.  The Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS) Defense Cyberspace Operations (DCO) office has established a consortium to support its …… » Read more

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Do You Act Like a Top Performer?

Doing your job well is crucial, but that alone doesn’t make you a top performer. High performers are the employees going above and beyond expectations, exhibiting certain qualities that add efficiency, productivity, and value to the organization. The good news: Anyone can be a top performer, but it will take a change in habits and …… » Read more

Check-out the Contracting Life Cycle Series! This 12-month guided learning path is designed to help you get through your procurement in time for the end of the FY, and prepare for post-award success!

GSA Launches New Pilot for “High-Speed” Commercial Item Acquisition

The General Services Administration (GSA) has launched the pilot of a new procedure for “high-speed contracting” with start-ups and firms new to the federal market that offer commercial products, technology, and services. The new commercial solutions opening (CSO) procedure offers fast-track vendor selection timelines and …… » 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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