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Can the Department of Defense Make Bold, Radical Changes to its Acquisition Process?

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Is commercial item acquisition the pathway for the Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfill its goal of having better access to the latest technological advances, and do DoD’s current acquisition rules and regulations hinder that goal?

Do commercial contractors think selling to the Federal Government, particularly to the DoD, is a worthwhile endeavor?

Are there too many DoD procurement regulations; and are the current regulations relevant?

A body of experts commissioned by Congress in the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is addressing these questions and more.  

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Roadmap to DFARS Compliance Deadline

2017 is a significant year for Department of Defense (DoD) contractors, as Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) compliance is required “as soon as practical, but no later than December 31, 2017 (252.204-7012.ii.A).” DFARS clause 252.204-7008 addresses requirements for safeguarding covered defense information controls in government contractor systems. Covered defense information is a broad term for unclassified controlled technical information or other Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), which has protection and dissemination requirements. Clause 252.204-7012 expands on these safeguards to include cyber incident reporting requirements. These mandatory controls are detailed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171: Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non-Federal Information Systems and Organizations.

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DoD Launching New Website to Help Industry Comply with Independent R&D Disclosure Rules

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By Federal News Radio

In what appeared to be a response to industry complaints that new Defense Department rules would disincentivize companies from embarking on new research projects on their own initiative, the Pentagon is developing a new web portal to make it easier for firms to let the government know about their independent research & development (IR&D) activities.

At issue is a final rule DoD published in November. Reasoning that the government needs more insight into the more than $4 billion in reimbursements it issues to contractors for IR&D projects each year, DoD required large firms to hold a “technical interchange” with at least one DoD official before starting work on a R&D project — at least if they wanted to be reimbursed for their allowable costs.

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DoD Issues Final Rule on Cyber Incident Reporting for Contractors

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The Department of Defense (DoD) recently issued its Final Rule outlining the mandatory cyber incident reporting requirements for DoD contractors and subcontractors, as well as other members of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) (entities with grants, cooperative agreements, other transaction agreements, technology investment agreements, and any other type of legal instrument or agreement) doing business with the DoD.  The new Rule takes effect on November 3. 

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DCAA Skeletons Come Out to Play!

The ban on using DCAA staff for non-DoD agencies has been lifted.  DCAA may once again provide full audit support to other agencies effective October 1, 2016, as posted on September 30th as a Memorandum for Regional Directors (MRD).

DCAA lifted the ban because they reached their 18 month goal to reduce the Incurred Cost Submission (ICS) inventory.

What will this mean for contractors?  Will halted previous agency audits rise from the dead?  Or will DCAA review accounting and business systems for upcoming proposals? Time will tell if this is more of a sweet treat or terrible trick.

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