General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth published a new blog post that looks back at the agency’s accomplishments under President Barack Obama. Roth cites the agency’s reducing duplicative offices to shrink the federal footprint, creating the acquisition gateway platform for acquisition professionals to share information, and establishing the Technology Transformation Service as major successes.
In a press conference today, President-Elect Donald Trump reiterated his intent to be involved in government contracting. In his opening remarks, he spoke about the F-35 program, saying: “We’re going to get those costs way down, and we’re going to get the plane to be even better, and we’re going to get some competition and it’s going to be a beautiful thing.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is also applying pressure to Lockheed Martin, criticizing the recent news that the F-35 will face more delays that could cost the Department of Defense $500 million. “With this latest delay, I am deeply concerned about the (Defense Department’s) current plan for Follow-On Modernization,” McCain said. “If the department continues to repeat the mistakes of the past, more delays, more cost overruns, and increased retrofit costs will be the inevitable result.” McCain also wrote a letter to Lockheed Martin, asking what the company will do to drive down costs, as promised to President-Elect Trump.