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House Passes DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act

Last week, the House passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act of 2017. The bill would required the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress “a multiyear acquisition strategy to guide the overall direction of the acquisitions of the Department while allowing flexibility to deal with ever-changing threats and risks, and to help industry better understand, plan, and align resources to meet the future acquisition needs of the Department.” The bill also requires DHS to keep a “prioritized list” of major acquisition programs, and “a reliable Department-wide inventory of investments and real property assets.” The bill is now in the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Rep. Velazquez Introduces New Bill to Standardize Procurement Language

IRep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) has introduced a new bill to amend the Small Business Act to ensure uniformity in procurement terminology in the code. The bill would ensure that terms like “prime contract,” “simplified acquisition threshold” and “micro-purchase threshold” are used consistently throughout the Act.

GSA Expediting Award for Law Enforcement Vehicles

The General Services Administration (GSA) has said it is “expediting the awarding of helicopters configured for law enforcement, firefighting, and search and rescue operations under its Multiple Awards Schedule 84 — Total Solutions for Law Enforcement,” according to the Federal Times. The awards schedule is available to both federal agencies and state and local governments.

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