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GSA Looking to Congress to Change How Government Buys IT

The General Services Administration (GSA) is considering both legislative proposals and changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to help agencies better buy cloud services. “We would like Congress to take up ‘what is cloud?’ Cloud is not IT. It’s not traditional IT,” Richard Blake, senior technologist for the Integrated Technology Service at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service told Federal News Radio. “Cloud is a service that happens to deliver IT, so it’s IT as a service. We need the law to recognize that. In recognizing that then we hopefully will be able to get some relief from the law that prohibits us from treating this kind of IT differently than any other form of IT.”

DCMA Working on Closing Out Contracts

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) profiles its Garden City Contracts Group, which has been spearheading an effort to reduce overage contracts and improve contract closeout actions. By the end of fiscal 2016, the office had reduced the number of cost-type contracts by 55%, and reduced the dollar value of cost-type contracts by 47%. The office also closed 100% of new cost-type contracts within 180 days. Closing overage contracts has become a priority for the Department of Defense after a Government Accountability Office report in 2012.

Connolly: FedRAMP, 18F in Danger

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)—one of the most influential members of the House when it comes to information technology (IT) procurement—said at an event yesterday that many IT programs may see overhauls or elimination under President-elect Donald Trump. He pointed to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program as one that may be on the chopping block, due to what he characterized as a failure to streamline. He also said the General Services Administration’s innovation hub 18F is potentially “on the chopping block.”

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