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Use of Other Transaction Authority Scrutinized of Other Transaction Authority Scrutinized2018-09-19T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClass6CB5DD51731A4F7B88CC63CC00BD6ACF">GAO recently determined that the Defense Department did not properly exercise the authority granted to it when USTRANSCOM used Other Transaction Authority (OTA) to award a $950 million contract for cloud migration services in February. Section 845 of the NDAA for FY 1994 originally granted DoD the authority to enter into OTA agreements for prototype projects. Section 815 of NDAA for FY 2016 subsequently repealed section 845, and codified DoD’s authority to use OTAs for prototype projects at 10 U.S.C. § 2371b. OTAs can be awarded within weeks or months because they operate outside the traditional FAR rules and normal solicitation process. That speed is part of the appeal, along with attracting “non-traditional” providers who would not otherwise be interested in working with DoD. Over the last few years, Congress has loosened the rules that DoD operates under so it can maintain a technological edge.<br> <br> The award to Rean Cloud attracted GAO’s attention due to the high dollar value and because it was awarded without using traditional procurement procedures. GAO recommended that the agency terminate the production OTA and either: (i) use competitive procurement procedures in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements; (ii) prepare the appropriate justification required by the Competition in Contracting Act of 1984 to award a contract without competition; or (iii) review its Other Transaction Authority to determine whether it is possible to comply with the statutory preconditions for entering into a production OTA.<br> <br> This case stresses the importance of DoD acquisition officials to carefully following the expressed statutory requirements for using OTA in order to minimize potential award protests and GAO reviews. For a detailed discussion of the case and its implications, check out the GAO report <a href="" target="_blank">HERE</a>.<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Use-of-Other-Transaction-Authority-Scrutinized
Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) Chain Risk Management (SCRM)2018-08-22T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassD31CE45E95B54807AF59677A78C6C186">The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment recently issued guidance entitled “<a href="/training/career-development/contracting/Lists/Blog/Attachments/189/USA001102_Under_Memo.pdf?Web=1" target="_blank">Acquisition Workforce Implementation of Enhanced Section 806 Procedures for Supply Chain Risk Management in Support of Department of Defense Trusted Systems and Networks</a>." DoD is enhancing its procedures to address supply chain threats from our adversaries in order to protect against sabotage, disruption, or degradation of our systems and stealing of DoD information. The procedures provided in the memorandum will ensure that enterprise risk is assessed and mitigated in a timely manner when we procure and integrate information communications technology into the DoD national security systems. These procedures also help to verify software provenance (i.e., the origin of software used by DoD). The guidance can be accessed <a href="/training/career-development/contracting/Lists/Blog/Attachments/189/USA001102_Under_Memo.pdf?Web=1" target="_blank"><strong>HERE</strong></a>.</div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Supply-Chain-Risk-Management
Considerations for Successful Evaluation of Past Performance and Experience for Successful Evaluation of Past Performance and Experience2018-07-17T04:00:00Z performance 2.jpg, performance 2.jpg performance 2.jpg<div class="ExternalClassB4A09DDB9C604B499ED0C4DE7C6F3F56">As evidenced by the number of sustained protests resulting from flawed past performance or experience evaluations, there are some real areas of caution for the acquisition workforce when it comes to using past performance and experience as evaluation factors. Fortunately (or unfortunately) there is a vast array of resources and protest case histories to consider that disclose fundamental precepts worth reviewing. Successfully defending a protest usually comes down to this question: Was the evaluation "reasonable and consistent with the solicitation's stated evaluation criteria and applicable statutes and regulations?" DAU professor Lisa Schneider wrote a very helpful article on lessons learned from GAO protest decisions involving past performance or experience. You can find the article at <a href="/training/career-development/contracting/Lists/Blog/Attachments/188/Considerations_When_Using_PP_and_Experience_Criteria.pdf?Web=1" target="_blank">this link</a>.<br></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/Considerations-for-Successful-Evaluation-of-Past-Performance-and-Experience
FAR/DFARs Accessible on a Mobile App? Accessible on a Mobile App?2018-02-28T17:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassDDC7477688F742F0981725308AAEED83"><p>DAU has designed a mobile app prototype for iPhones and is seeking volunteers to test the app functionality and provide feedback on features and content. The mobile app was designed for the student and acquisition workforce, and consists of six modules: (1) News, where you can read blogs on Contracting info and activities; (2) Resources, where you can find Contracting-related regulations, GAO Reports, ACQuipedia articles and definitions; (3) Training, where you can check for classes required for DAWIA certification; (4) Info, where you can find current class schedules, DAU operating status and other needed information; (5) Maps, which are integrated with current class schedules and your native google or app maps to assist you in finding your class, student parking, or the nearest place to find coffee; and (6) AR Maps, provides an augmented reality map for DAU, Ft. Belvoir for walking directions to your class while at DAU Ft. Belvoir.</p> <p>The mobile app leverages the ability to personalize settings to see only the content you desire, push notifications to know when content is added or updated, use of off-line viewing (airplane mode) and text to voice conversion so you can stay engaged on the go, and maps and directions to DAU locations which integrate with your devices' native capabilities. More information about the app can be found at <a href="/online-resources/p/Mobile-App"></a>.</p> <p>DAU would like your feedback on what additional resources and features you would like to see in the mobile app before we go into final production. What do you like? What can we improve? and What is missing?</p> <p>If you have an Apple (iOS) device and would like to participate in Phase II Beta testing, send an email to <a href=""></a>, Subject: "Mobile App Testing Volunteer", and someone will send you instructions to download the app prototype. Testing will conclude on 30 March 2018.</p></div>string;#/training/career-development/contracting/blog/FAR-DFARs-Accessible-on-a-Mobile-App