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We at VAO are focused on bringing you acquisition news surrounding this pandemic and how it will impact your current contracts and future acquisitions.


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Coronavirus Contract Spending Starts to Slow

Federal agencies’ spending on coronavirus/COVID-19-related contracts has declined over the past month by more than $1 billion, MeriTalk reports. The Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) shows that while agencies obligated $15.5 billion on coronavirus acquisitions from February through early June, that number fell to $14.1 billion as …… » Read more


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F-35 Program Is at the Mercy of Contractors

Having “surrendered far too much control” to prime contractors for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the largest acquisition program in history is troubled with mismanagement, limited accountability, and wasted tax dollars, according to independent watchdog Project On Government Oversight (POGO). In a review of recently obtained …… » Read more

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OPM Postpones Employee Survey

The timing is not quite right yet to administer the next iteration of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has decided. Originally planned to launch today, the 2020 FEVS will be postponed until September 14 to allow agencies to focus on mission-critical tasks and help maximize participation, …… » Read more

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USS Montgomery Sets an Example for LCS Program

The USS Montgomery is one of the first littoral combat ships (LCSs) to benefit from a restructured program, recently completing its 12-month maiden deployment while accomplishing all its missions, USNI News reports. The LCS program originally called for a minimal manning model to reduce operational costs over the life of the ship, but the …… » Read more

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