Acquisition reform has typically been iterative, via the annual defense policy bill. That approach has still left acquisition officials wanting for a means of speeding up the process.
The administration wants to change how agencies buy cybersecurity services as part of a $19 billion plan to tighten federal information security.
GSA's Mary Davie steps in to manage IT category
OMB is planning deals on laptops and desktops via its strategic sourcing program.
"It's a major change internally within the FBI [in] how we buy stuff," FBI Chief Acquisition Officer Paul Courtney said.
The White House has threatened to veto the Senate version of the annual defense policy bill, citing opposition to key provisions on acquisition and cybersecurity policy, among a litany of other objections.
Revamping the federal acquisition process requires innovation and a creative approach to break with the way things have been done and appeal to the incoming workforce.
A proposed amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act seeks to make broad but incremental changes to acquisition rules across government.
And buy-in from leaders is the key to locking in lasting benefits.
A bill requiring agency CIOs to streamline software spending is expected to pass the House of Representatives on June 7.
"Too often, the most agile and innovative companies are unwilling to work with government," the Office of Science and Technology Policy document says.
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