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GSA Launching “Refresh” of Multiple Awards Schedule

The GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is moving to “refresh” its Multiple Awards Schedule (MAS) program next month. The launch will implement recent rule changes, and the refresh could come in the middle of April. The changes include small-business subcontracting revisions, model subcontracting plan changes, and order level changes.

House Committee Approves DHS Acquisition Innovation Bill

The House Homeland Security Committee has approved the DHS Acquisition Innovation Act, a bill introduced by Reps. Luis Correa (D-CA) and Bennie Thompson, (D-MS). The bill would designate an individual within DHS to manage the acquisition innovation efforts, and encourage testing and developing acquisition best practices. The bill can now go to the full House for a vote.

Kelman on Trump’s Management Agenda

With a lot of attention paid to President Donald Trump’s budget recommendations, former Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Steve Kelman writes about an overlooked aspect of the document: the president’s management agenda. Kelman notes that the agenda adopts a lot of public management best practices, and that it actually echoes some of former Vice President Al Gore’s approach, which is to “let managers manage” and to scale back excessive reporting requirements.

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