Information gathered as part of the reverse auction process could provide the type of granular data that's hard to come by.
Key backers say they will hold OMB's "feet to the fire" to ensure the agency lives up to the measure's requirements.
The nonbinding rules are aimed at reducing vulnerabilities in the power sector's procurement process.
The Telecommunications Industry Association also told GSA that federal workforce training is crucial to bolstering cybersecurity in the acquisition process.
The goal is to deliver better-focused training packages with more cost-effective contracts.
The House passed the spending transparency legislation easily, as the Senate did earlier, but it's not clear what the White House position is.
Federal IT is difficult enough without viewing agencies and industry as zero-sum adversaries, writes FCW's Troy K. Schneider.
“We need to pay careful attention to what unexpected outcomes the use of big data might lead to, and how to remedy any unintended discrimination or inequality that may result," according to presidential advisor John Podesta, who is heading up a White House policy review.
Under current law, the VA runs its own Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program, and the SBA handles those duties for all other agencies.
Overhauling the defense acquisition process is a national security imperative in tight budget times, argues a consultant and former Marine major general.
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