Posts from GovCon Daily for 12/29/2015

Anne Rung Eyes Further Federal Acquisition Updates in 2016

Anne Rung, administrator of the White House’s Office of Federal Procurement Policy, has said she will seek to further updates to federal acquisition initiatives in an interview with Fedscoop posted Monday…
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DARPA Taps Northrop to Build Reconnaissance Drone Demonstrator; Dan Patt, Gil Graff Comment

As covered by GovCon Wire Monday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency selected a Northrop Grumman-led team to develop a demonstrator platform of an unmanned aerial system under phase three of the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node program…
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Report: Bill Would Establish ‘Government Transformation’ Board

U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill that would create an independent commission to review organizational practices and management strategies of government agencies, GovExec reported Monday. Charles Clark writes the Government Transformation Act seeks to reduce wasteful spending and increase efficiency through agency program assessments by an independent seven-member board…
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Army Marks UAS Transition From Hunter to General Atomics’ Grey Eagle

The U.S. Army marked the final flight of its first unmanned aircraft system as part of the transition toward a new UAS that will support the service branch’s surveillance and reconnaissance operations…
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Cyrrus Analytics’ Rich Beutel: Agency CIOs Should Focus on FITARA Implementation Plans

Rich Beutel, a principal at Cyrrus Analytics, has said federal agency chief information officers should lay out their implementation plans in order to fully comply with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act in 2016, FCW reported Dec…
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Nextgov: GSA Suspends 18F’s Agile BPA Due to New Protest

The General Services Administration‘s 18F digital services agency has suspended the implementation of the Agile Blanket Purchase Agreement after a company filed a new protest with the Government Accountability Office, Nextgov reported Monday…
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NASA Marshall Test-Fires 3-D Printed Rocket Engine Parts; Elizabeth Robertson Comments

A team of researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama has produced and tested 3-D printed parts of a rocket engine. The rocket engine components such as valves, injectors and turbopumps produced a maximum thrust of 20,000 pounds during seven separate live-fire tests that used liquid oxygen and cryogenic liquid hydrogen as propellants, NASA said Dec…
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