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"On October 1, 2013, the Department of Defense established the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to manage the activities of the Military Health System. These activities include those previously managed by TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), which was disestablished on the same date. During the next several months, all TMA websites will change to reflect the new DHA. We appreciate your patience during this transition."

Topics of Interest -- Archive

  • Tech Solutions for the Changing Acquisition Landscape November 5, 2012 Federal IT failures often happen when agencies force-fit commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications to meet government needs.

  • GSA Sending Resources, Expertise to Rescue SAM October 25, 2012 The General Services Administration is putting some muscle behind its problematic System for Award Management (SAM) program.

  • GSA Appoints a New Duo to Run SAM October 22, 2012 After a false start on the System for Award Management (SAM) in August, General Services Administration (GSA) officials have shifted the management of SAM to two of the agency’s top executives.

  • DoD Places New Restrictions on Conferences October 9, 2012 The Department of Defense is increasing its oversight of conference spending and heightening the seniority of those involved in the approval process as federal conference-related costs come under greater scrutiny.

  • Acquisition Executives Figuring Out How to Deal with Budget Woes October 3, 2012 Agency chief acquisition officers (CAO) are not playing a big role in planning for sequestration or even future budget cuts. An exclusive Federal News Radio survey of federal CAOs and senior procurement executives found 57 percent of the respondents said they are not preparing for smaller budget.

  • GSA Unravels Snag in Digitizing Contract Files September 25, 2012 The General Services Administration’s efforts to streamline its Multiple Award Schedules program by making all files electronic has had the opposite effect, causing the agency to backtrack and rethink its intent, according to a new report.

  • FAR Council Proposes Standardizing Past Performance Evaluations September 11, 2012 A proposed rule change to the Federal Acquisition Regulation would standardize past performance evaluation factors and rating categories above the simplified acquisition threshold.

  • DoD Forgoes Registration Requirements for Contractors - Due to System Bugs September 10, 2012 Prospective contractors won't have to register online to sell goods and services to the Defense Department, as required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation, because of technical problems with the government's newly launched procurement system; the System for Award Management (SAM).

  • New release of the BuyAccessible Wizard (4.0) is now available GSA Buy is a wizard that allows you access to resources and tools to help you meet Section 508 requirements.

  • The Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) for Services Date not available The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) partnered with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI), federal government agencies, and industry associations and organizations to establish the Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) for Services required by the Service Acquisition Reform Act (SARA), section 1431(b). This center forms a flexible collaborative team with government, industry associations and academia to develop a repository for services best practices. The team members coordinate research and development in various service areas that are critical to agency missions and vision.

  • The Bright Side of Budget Cuts August 29, 2012 As budget cut fever sweeps the federal government, some Defense Department officials say it could actually lead to better collaboration and improved IT. The fiscal pressures DOD faces can bring about benefits, bringing together the services to share resources and thereby further integrate operations, according to DoD officials who spoke August 28th at the AFCEA Warfighter IT Day in Vienna, VA.

  • New DoD COR Handbook March 22, 2012 The Department of Defense Contracting Officer’s Representative Handbook (DoD COR HDBK) has been published by the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy – OUSD (AT&L), effective 22 March 2012. This newly published COR handbook provides tips and guidance for all DoD CORs. To download the handbook click here:

  • GSA Set to Review Struggling Acquisition Systems Project March 16, 2012 The General Services Administration's Integrated Acquisition Environment, and the system under development to replace it, Systems for Award Management (SAM), have run over-budget and off-track, and now the agency is preparing to find out why.

  • Speed of War Sprints Past Speed of Traditional DOD Acquisition March 9, 2012 This article discusses the overhaul that is taking place with the military's acquisition process with a catalyst for the change being the reduced defense and war activity.

  • New Acquisition Rules Set To Go into Effect March 8, 2012 Federal buying procedures are about to get an update. After a couple of years of deliberation, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council has finalized three rules that go into effect on April 2, 2012.

  • Army Acquisition Reform Is Progressing Despite Naysayers March 6, 2012 This article discusses the progress the Army is making in regards to acquisition reform with a focus on the systems, weapons and services.

  • GSA plan would let agencies buy IT, related services under one contract February 22, 2012 The General Services Administration will be offering a new way for agencies to buy combinations of professional services and information technology, officials have announced.

  • Career Management News: The Acquisition Implications of the DOD Strategic Guidance And The FY 2013 Budget February 9, 2012 Frank Kendall, Acting Undersecretary of Defense (AT&L) discusses his priorities in relation to the recently released defense strategy. At a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Kendall said his highest priority program is the government workforce and having a more capable and qualified acquisition community.

  • Final Defense Bill Contains Key Contractor Provisions December 14, 2011 The latest version of the $662 billion Defense authorization bill that Congress is set to vote on resolves two controversies affecting contractors that played out this year.

  • New Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness December 8, 2011 Ms. Sue Dryden has been selected as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness (DASD(MR)). Ms. Dryden joins the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) staff from the US Air Force, where she most recently served as the Deputy Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.

  • Defense Acquisitions University (DAU) Training Courses and Schedules Weekly, DAU posts a list of "low fill" classes. These are course offerings within the next 60 days that have available seats subject to approval of the individual’s component/agency.