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Concerns Over Category Management Policy

Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, writes that there are “significant questions and concerns surrounding,” the draft circular put forward by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on implementing category management. Waldron raises concerns around the centralization mandated by the circular, the designation of certain contracts as “best in class,” and metrics that may be too “overly broad.” Waldron asked that the comment period be extended, as requested by Congress and industry.

Navy Wants Hewlett Packard to Pay for Data Breach

The U.S. Navy is asking contractor Hewlett Packard Enterprise to pay for credit monitoring services for sailors whose social security numbers were exposed during a data breach that put 130,000 service members at risk. According to the Navy Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to solve the case. HPE contracts with the Navy to manage personal information for sailors.

Maryland Commission Makes 57 Recommendations to Improve State Procurement

Maryland’s Commission to Modernize State Procurement, a commission formed earlier this year by Gov. Larry Hogan, submitted its final report yesterday. The commission made 57 recommendations to update the state procurement system, including common ones around using new technologies, simplifying processes and providing better training. The state also unveiled a new procurement portal, procurement.maryland.gov


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