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The General Services Administration is pushing ahead with a major overhaul of federal acquisition. The agency is looking to consolidate its 24 buying schedules into a single format, and as Mark Rockwell explains, industry is being asked to offer its ideas on implementation.
Members of industry involved in supply chain security efforts worry that international trade and other geopolitical concerns are muddying the security focus of their work. Derek B. Johnson reports that federal officials are sticking to the story that certain Chinese tech and telecom companies represent a threat that is not related to trade policy.
An anti-fraud measure under a 2018 banking law requires the Social Security Administration to build an electronic verification system, but first industry has to help pay for it. Adam Mazmanian has more.
*** The defense acquisition landscape is once again being reshaped by a major merger. This time, it's Raytheon and United Technologies combining in a "merger of equals," with the newly formed company having annual sales of about $74 billion according to a report in CNBC, putting it just behind Boeing in the defense and aerospace sector. UT is known for its aircraft business and Raytheon for missile systems, the companies also offer cybersecurity and AI services to the aviation sector and technology geared for the intelligence community.
*** The Pentagon's internal watchdog criticized the Joint Regional Security Stacks program for not meeting certain cybersecurity objectives and for an overall program management weaknesses stemming in part from it being categorized as a tech refresh and not a major acquisition. In a heavily redacted June 4 report, the Inspector General at the Department of Defense also noted that while the JRSS program was reducing the attack surface for DOD networks, other promised security outcomes were lagging.
*** The Government Accountability Office dinged DOD and the military services in a June 5 report that found efforts to streamline acquisition by using new rapid prototyping methods faced implementation challenges.
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