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GSA releases procurement paper

The General Services Administration's Office of Information Technology last week released a white paper outlining the advantages and disadvantages of IT acquisition vehicles.

Procurement reform laws passed in the past few years created new options for IT acquisition. The white paper, "Acquisition Sources and Alternatives," issued by the Emerging Information Technology Policies Division of the Office of Governmentwide Policy, compares all the options.

The paper presents several examples of acquisition problems that agencies may encounter and identifies which acquisition source is best to solve a particular problem. The paper also offers a breakdown of the overhead— including time, effort and protest risk— that an agency will go through for each contracting option. The white paper will be available on the IT Policy On-Ramp at www.itpolicy.gsa.gov under "Acquisition."

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AF needs reliable, secure IT

Gen. George Babbit, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, said last week that the Air Force needs highly reliable and secure information technology tools to support its new plan to deploy smaller, lighter and more flexible forces worldwide.

Reliable and secure military networks are the key elements to make the Aerospace Expeditionary Force (AEF) a reality, Babbit said at the 12th annual Air Force Information Technology Conference in Montgomery, Ala.

The AEF is the Air Force's latest warfighting concept, in which advanced IT and digital communications will support smaller, lighter and more flexible "force packages" that the Air Force will deploy to troubled areas or hot spots worldwide on a moment's notice.

Warfighters "must have immediate access to the power" of reliable IT and digital communications, according to Babbit.

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