Trump’s Agency Shuffle Plan Faces Uphill Climb on Capitol Hill

The Trump administration’s plan to merge the departments of Labor and Education drew a cool reception among key lawmakers whose support would be critical to such an ambitious reorganization of the federal government.

In/Site: Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)

On Thursday, June 21st, Bloomberg Government will hosted a client-exclusive breakfast with Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). Senator Moran is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including FY19 appropriations, VA reforms and the farm bill.

IT Budget & Opportunities Briefing: Event Replay

The breakfast briefing reviewed President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 IT budget request and highlighted recent trends in IT contracting.

GSA Seeks AI and Analytics to Help Agencies Optimize IT Spending

According to the solicitation, GSA wants to use advanced business intelligence tools, including artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, data mining, machine learning, and predictive analytics to “help inform spending and consumption-based transparency.”

(Bloomberg) — Pentagon weapons buyer and sustainment chief Ellen Lord tells reporters today that although contract dispute over who pays for aircraft corrosion discovered last year was “well on its way to being resolved” larger issue is that Lockheed Martin needs to improve quality.
  • Corrosion problem that lead to to dispute “symptomatic perhaps” of “a little bit of sloppiness we’ve seen” in Lockheed “meeting manufacturing requirements” and Pentagon oversight, Lord says
  • Pause “establishes what the department’s point of view is in terms of meeting requirements,” Lord says
  • “We have expectations” about production quality “and we are not seeing those workmanship levels being achieved” and “Lockheed Martin understands that,” Lord says
  • Air Force Lt. General Arnold Bunch told a House panel Thursday 14 F-35s from latest contract have been delivered, five held up over contract dispute about whether U.S. or Lockheed Martin should pay for remediation of corrosion defects
  • Vice Admiral Paul A. Grosklags, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, told panel pause is “purely about who is responsible for the cost” of repairs
    • “Quite honestly,” the initial corrosion problem was a “mistake made by the contractor during production and they should pay for that out of their bottom line, not our top line,” Grosklags said

Ex-Con in New York Primary Unites Business, Unions Against Him

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and labor unions are among groups heavily spending to try to persuade Republicans in Staten Island to stick with their current congressman and reject his ex-convict challenger.

GSA Posts Details for ‘Centers of Excellence’ Buys

Eight new digital services contracting opportunities tied to the Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence were announced by the General Services Administration on June 15.