DHS Takes Corrective Action to Move FLASH Forward

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued corrective action on its high-profile Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland (FLASH) contracting vehicle, allowing the pilot program to move forward. DHS had awarded 13 vendors places on the contract, which pre-approves vendors to provide agile software development services, but faced protests from 8 additional vendors. DHS removed two companies from the original 13, but made no additional awards, to satisfy the protests.

Group Offers Free Agile Development Course for Public Sector Leaders

Agile Government Leadership (AGL) has launched a new course for public sector leaders on agile development. According to StateScoop, the free, four-lesson course “begins with an introduction to agile and transitions into more advanced topics and further resources. The course contains HTML- and PDF-based lesson materials supplemented by video lessons.” The group says the course is designed for leaders who have some familiarity with agile, but “need to get up to speed.”

DHS Acquisition Innovation Bill Comes out of Committee

The Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act has been voted out of committee, according a statement by its sponsor, Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA). The bill would designate an individual within DHS to manage the acquisition innovation efforts, and encourage testing and developing acquisition best practices.

New VA Contracting Bill Would Ensure Oversight

Sen. John Tester (D-MT) has introduced a new bill that would amend the U.S. Code to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs “to include in each contract into which the Secretary enters for necessary services authorities and mechanism for appropriate oversight, and for other purposes.” Text of the bill is not yet ready, but it had been referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs.

New Mexico State Senator Withdraws Bill Due to Political Contributions to Governor

Sen. John Tester (D-MT) has introduced a new bill that would amend the U.S. Code to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs “to include in each contract into which the Secretary enters for necessary services authorities and mechanism for appropriate oversight, and for other purposes.” Text of the bill is not yet ready, but it had been referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs.

DHS and GSA Release Cybersecurity RFI

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and General Services Administration (GSA) released a request for information last week to GSA’s Alliant Small Business contract holders, asking the businesses to provide details in seven continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) areas. The CDM program is one of the centerpieces of the federal government’s efforts to stave off cyberattacks, and as Federal News Radio reports, it is “heading into the home stretch with less than 18 months left on the initial deal.”

IT Company Settles FCA Violation Charges for $45 Million

Information technology (IT) management services company CA Inc. has agreed to pay $45 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by failing to fully disclose to the General Services Administration its discounting practices. According to the Department of Justice’s statement, “At the time of CA’s contract, contractors were required to fully and accurately disclose to GSA how they conducted business in the commercial marketplace so that GSA could use that information to negotiate a fair price for government agencies.” According to GSA, CA provide false information about the discounts it gave commercial customers for software licenses when the contract was negotiated in 2002. The company also did not extend discounts to the government when discounts to commercial customers improved.

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