Government Reshuffle Plan Still Lacking in Details, Senators Say

Senators demanded more details about President Donald Trump’s plan to revamp the federal government as an administration official said the White House was looking into carrying out about a third of the recommendations without congressional approval. “The proposals are at varying degrees of specificity,” said Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The administration’s plan contains about 32 proposals, of which 10 to 12 are under review this summer to determine whether they may be able to be done in whole or in part without legislation, Weichert said.

DOD, GSA, DHS Expand Fast-Track Commercial Tech Buying Procedure

The use of Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) acquisition procedures to fast-track the acquisition of innovative technology is ramping up quickly across government.

FDA Wants to Address Udder Confusion on Milk Labeling Rules

The FDA is taking the first step in deciding if products from plant-based sources, like almonds or cashews, should be allowed to be labeled “milk” when the source isn’t a cow or other animal. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he expects lawsuits against the FDA on the issue and will begin the decision process “very soon,” he said at a Politico Pro event in Washington today. He said the process will most likely take a year or more to finalize.

Democrats Tops in Cash Among Midterm Election House Challengers

Democrats dominate the best-funded House candidates seeking to unseat incumbents in November. All 25 challengers with the most campaign cash-on-hand are Democrats, as are all but three of the 46 with at least $500,000 in their accounts, according to a Bloomberg Government review of reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

(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

Senate Aviation, Self-Driving Car Bills Eyed for Votes Next Week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is ready to give an aviation authorization bill floor time, possibly next week, just as soon as its authors complete a deal to limit the almost 100 amendments members have floated, Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune said.

Formerly ‘Unacceptable’ Trump’s With Roby in Alabama Runoff

How much is a presidential endorsement tweet worth? Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is about to find out. Less than two years after castigating candidate Donald Trump as an “unacceptable” Republican nominee for president, Roby now has Trump’s backing as she tries to keep her seat in Tuesday’s Republican runoff against ex-Rep. Bobby Bright.