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Senators Appeal to White House for Help with FITARA Implementation

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Tom Udall (D-NM) have written a letter to White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner for help in implementing IT acquisition reforms. Moran and Udall were the co-sponsors of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), and have also pushed a cloud adoption bill. The senators are looking to collaborate with Kushner and the new Office of American Innovation he is leading, to help implement and support FITARA’s reforms.

Private Prisons Making a Comeback

GovExec reports that private prisons are experiencing a resurgence, after the Obama administration had issued a memo, outlining the phasing out of privatized penitentiaries. But the expansion of immigration-detention facilities—the Trump administration has said it wants to double the number of detainees to 80,000—will mean expanding the use of private prisons.

GAO Finds Good News in DoD Weapons Programs Assessments

In its annual assessment of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) major weapons systems, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found some good news, including that DoD increased its “buying power” by $10.7 billion. “Buying power” is a GAO term for its ability to efficiently spend money, or as GAO defines it, “meaning DOD is able to buy more goods or services for the same level of funding.” GAO also found that DoD has made impressive progress on containing cost growth, particularly in newer programs.

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