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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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Timing is Everything – GAO Refuses to Apply Jurisdiction Retroactively

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As we previously reported here and here, between October 1 and December 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) lacked jurisdiction to hear most civilian agency task order protests (its jurisdiction over protest of Department of Defense (DoD) task order awards was unaffected by the lapse). On December 14, President Obama signed legislation reinstating GAO’s jurisdiction over protests of civilian task orders greater than $10 million.  He subsequently signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017, which raised the threshold for DoD task order protests from $10 to $25 million.

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What’s on Tap for the DCAA in 2017?

What’s in store for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 you may ask? At a recent NCMA dinner, there were a number of key points discussed by the Director of DCAA that contractors should pay close attention to. Areas of focus included strategic priorities in FY2017, the outcome of the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and interests of the DCAA in the FY2017 NDAA.

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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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