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*** The White House has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner to lead the Defense Information Systems Agency. Skinner, who is now the director for Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber, J6, headquarters at Indo-Pacific Command, would be promoted to lieutenant general and assigned as director of the and commander for the Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network. If the nomination goes through, Skinner would replace Vice Adm. Nancy Norton who has held the positions since 2017.

*** The Office of Personnel Management is looking to extend the period of term appointments for certain positions in science, technology, engineering and medicine to up to 10 years – up from the current maximum duration of four years. In a Sept. 14 Federal Register notice, OPM announced it was seeking comment on ways to extend hiring flexibilities for agencies looking to hire in support of "projects and organizations specifically funded by Congress." The personnel agency is seeking comment through Nov. 10.

*** A coming rule change in the Federal Acquisition Regulation would codify vendor feedback mechanisms piloted under the Acquisition 360 effort. The proposed revisions include incorporating pre-award survey questions that give prospective vendors an opportunity to weigh in on acquisition efforts, including the clarity of requirements and the management of the solicitation process. The change appears in the Federal Register on Sept. 15.

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 2:33 AM


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