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Vendors Submit Proposals for Border Wall

National Public Radio looks at the prototypes submitted by more than 200 vendors interested in building the border wall with Mexico. According to the story, “Despite their common goal, the companies submitting bids have followed some radically different paths in their approach,” with some offering walls with solar panels, made of wire mesh, or “borrows medieval concepts to give to give guards a better view of possible ‘villains’ approaching the wall. Customs and Border Protection will ask finalists, announced in June, to build 30-foot prototypes.

GAO: DHS Seeing Improvements in Acquisition Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a new report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) major acquisition programs, finding that “for the first time, they all had approved cost, schedule, and performance baselines to measure progress” GAO reviewed 26 programs, and found that DHS has taken steps to improve its management of major acquisitions, but that “some programs continued to fall short of their goals.” GAO made a number of recommendations, including that DHS define its requirements earlier in the acquisition process, and clarify several acquisition policies.

GSA Considering Making Controversial Pilot Voluntary for Industry

The General Services Administration (GSA) is considering making participation in its Transactional Data Reporting pilot voluntary, after participation was higher than expected. The three-year pilot stems from a GSA rule that asks vendors to provide sales information about their products and services to GSA, and then GSA relieves the company of having to abide by the price reduction clause and commercial sales disclosures. “We’re getting very close to getting to the decision to remove that requirement,” Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service said at a recent event. “We think we’ve got such good voluntary participation, we would like to keep the pilot voluntary.”

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