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Agencies received the third scorecards measuring their Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) implementation, with 12 agencies improving their grades. Only the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) score dropped, from a D to an F+. “We are seeing progress but it’s definitely not enough,” said Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX). This is the first scorecard to feature plus and minus grades.
DHS Still Faces Challenges with “The Two Ps”
According to survey results of Homeland Security executives and industry, personnel and procurement remain two of the biggest challenges faced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The survey, conducted by the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, surveyed more than 100 current and former executives, and also performed a number of focus groups and interviews with industry executives. According to the report: “The focus group identified procurement as problematic but focused conversation on the acquisition lifecycle. Leaders at DHS have learned there needs to be a certain level of operational risk in order to accomplish the mission. The same lesson needs to be applied to the procurement process so agencies can have greater flexibility to take innovative approaches to acquiring technology and encourage more dialogue between industry and government in the early stages of an acquisition.”
The long-rumored sale of prominent federal market research and software firm Deltek is set to be completed by end of 2016. Roper Technologies is buying the firm—used by many government contractors—for $2.8 billion. According to the press release, 22,000 organizations use Deltek’s services in more than 80 countries.