All About Acquisitions: Our March News Round-Up

Congress’ Acquisition Reforms Get High Marks from Military Services

With three years invested in military acquisitions reforms, the House Armed Services Committee has begun receiving feedback on how those reforms are faring in practice. So far, service acquisition chiefs report that things are going in the right direction, but more work remains to be done. 2019 is considered a good time to refine the reforms and declutter duplicate or conflicting legislation. Read more about what the DoD has to say about acquisition reforms here.

What Does a Split Pentagon Acquisitions System Mean for Government Contractors?

The Pentagon has split its acquisition, technology and logistics office into two branches, one dedicated to research and engineering (R&E) for new technologies and another to acquisition and sustainment (A&S) of existing capabilities. A&S Head Ellen Lord says not much will change over the next three months as the Pentagon works out a prototype for the future. Click here to learn more about the restructuring and when this may have an impact on industrial defense partners.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Says Acquisitions Innovation is Essential

As technological changes occur more rapidly and the Modernizing Government Technology Act goes into effect, agencies are looking to speed up award time and find more efficient and effective ways to handle acquisitions. OMB associate administrator for federal procurement policy Matthew Blum says now is the perfect time for agencies to think about improvements to their acquisition plans. Read about how agencies want to change the acquisitions process here.

 

2018 is shaping up to be a year of reform and innovation, making it a time of both challenges and opportunities for government contractors. As always, we are here to support your legal needs when working with the government. Don’t hesitate to contact us now or in the future.