FAR Council Extends Comment Period on Industry Engagement Rule

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council has extended the comment period for a new rule encouraging agencies to communicate with industry. The rule “clarifies that agency acquisition personnel are permitted and encouraged to engage in responsible and constructive exchanges with industry, so long as those exchanges are consistent with existing law and regulation and do not promote an unfair competitive advantage to particular firms.” The comment period is extended from January 30 to March 2.

Emily Murphy May Be Next OFPP Administrator

According to Jason Miller of Federal News Radio, Emily Murphy, a former staffer for the House Armed Services Committee who also worked at the General Services Administration (GSA), may be in line for a job at GSA or for Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator. According to Miller, “Murphy is one of the few procurement experts on Capitol Hill, so moving into the administration to work on acquisition issues at GSA or OFPP would make perfect sense.”

GSA Changes Identity Protection SIN

The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a request for information (RFI), announcing plans to change its identity protection services special identification number (SIN). GSA is looking to streamline the way it provides those services, focusing on data breach detection and mitigation. SIN 520-20, which provides credit monitoring services, risk assessment and mitigation services, independent risk analysis and data breach analysis, will focus exclusively on identity protection and data breach response. This redefined SIN will require industry to have the ability to provide an integrated total solution of services that include identity monitoring, identity theft insurance, safeguarding and restoration services, breach mitigation and forensic services,” the RFI said.


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