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Nearly 200 Firms Respond to Notice about Border Wall

GovExec reports that some 180 companies have responded to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) pre-solicitation notice, inquiring about “prototype wall structures” for President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexico border. Construction and engineering firms from 41 states have responded to the notice since it was published on Friday. GovExec notes that prominent firms such as Raytheon and Caddell have responded.

Is Better Buying Power a Better Way to Reform?

In the first of its two-part series on defense acquisition, Federal News Radio looks at the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Better Buying Power (BBP) initiative, the program designed to incrementally improve acquisition outcomes. The story notes that BBP was designed better acquisition from within, rather than through sweeping changes like legislation. 

GAO Sides with Contractor in Protest of “Unduly Restrictive”

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has sustained the protest of Pitney Bowes, Inc., which argued that the terms of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) request for quotation (RFQ) were unduly restrictive. According to the report, the IRS included technical specifications in its RFQ for mail inserter/folder machines that were unnecessary, and which Pitney proclaimed amounted to a sole-source selection.

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