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05/13/2020 10:34 AM

The recently released, DODIG-2020-079 Report on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud Procurement presents the reults of the DoDIG review.

On July 26, 2018, the DoD issued a Request for Proposals to obtain cloud computing services using a single-award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract. The Request for Proposals stated that the contract would have a maximum value of $10 billion, over a potential 10-year performance period, if the DoD exercised all option periods.  Multiple protests of the solicitation and more recently the award ensued.

I find the section "JEDI Cloud Acquisition Strategy and Key Acquisition Milestones" particulary informative with respect to single award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contracts.  The rationale selected by the USD(A&S) was use of a firm fixed price contract type.  This was part of Oracle's protest.  The DoDIG comments on this indicating that "regarding the firm-fixed-price exception under 10 U.S.C. 2304a(d)(3) (2018)" that the U.S. Court of Federal Claims concluded that the term “established” meant “at the time of” entering the contract.  The JEDI Cloud contract left some future requirements open with respect to pricing.

DoDIG's Recommendation 1:  We recommend that the Acting Director for Contract Policy, Defense Pricing and Contracting, consider developing and implementing appropriate policy to require some level of documentation and analysis supporting key acquisition decisions, including any legal reviews and advice, for contracts that exceed the $112 million threshold established by statute.

Feel free to reply to this post to discuss this and other points you find of interest.  Adam Stroup, Editor, ACE for Services

5/13/2020 10:34 AMNo
04/6/2020 8:37 AM

IPPS-A is an online Human Resources (HR) system that will provide integrated personnel, pay and talent management capabilities in a single system to all Army Components for the first time ever. IPPS-A will improve the lives of Soldiers, and their Families, and how the Army interacts with them by transforming decades-old personnel systems to a 21st century talent management system. It will provide three essential capabilities to the Army: Total Force Visibility, Talent Management and Auditability.

A story in FNN reports Army National Guard moves to modern personnel system, gives soldiers mobile access.  IPPS-A replaces the Standard Installation and Division Personnel Reporting System (SIDPRS), which was a giant leap in the early 1980s.

The system will also help the National Guard with the COVID-19 response.  For example, soldiers can take a picture of a birth certificate, prove the birth of a new child and put it in the system without having to come in contact with another human and risk spreading the coronavirus.

The Army is now focusing on adding the other components (Active and Reserves) of the service to IPPS-A and building additional features.

4/6/2020 8:37 AMNo
03/17/2020 7:38 AM

Federal News Network headline from the annual WEST 2020 conference in San Diego reports on this initiative before congress for FY21. [Note:  open this article to follow links]

The Defense Innovation Board in 2019 concluded in its final report that current “color of money” restrictions undermine DoD’s software acquisitions.  According to the board, separation of software development into research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), procurement, and operations & maintenance (O&M) appropriations and the use of cost-based triggers within each acquisition category causes delays and places artificial limitations on the program management office’s ability to quickly meet changing needs, resulting in increased lifetime cost of software and slower deployment. Further, modern, agile approaches used in commercial software development will result in faster deployment and significant cost savings when unconstrained by 'color of money' considerations..

3/17/2020 7:38 AMNo
511/1/2019 9:24 AM

UPDATE 12 DEC 2019:  Coming soon, the new Category Management Community of Practice.  Click on the title of this post to access the link to the community!

NOV 1, 2019.  To start the new Community of Practice (CoP) for CM, it may be used to review Guiding Principles of a DAU Community.  Next, we will begin with the MOA used at DAU.  The MOA is intended to document and to facilitate a shared understanding of the role that a community of practice plays in DAU’s learning ecosystem and within the Department of Defense.

Community Name: Identify the name of the community (e.g., Category Management CoP).

Community Membership/Audience: Identify the audience that the community is targeting/trying to attract (e.g., DoD logistics workforce, industry partners working logistics, other individuals working related logistics areas).

What is the estimated size of the target membership/audience?
Community Purpose/Intent: Identify the purpose/intent of the community (e.g., what challenges or pain points are you trying to address? What value does the community bring to the membership?).

Community Objectives: List the community objectives (e.g., specific areas or issues that the community is interested in addressing).
Leading Indicators: Identify what short-term observations/measurements will be used as leading indicators in meeting your stated objectives. (Sample indicators: xx% of target audience is a member of the community, increase in engagement levels during first x months, customer satisfaction.)
Community Metrics: Identify the metrics that you will use to determine whether you are meeting your stated objectives. (Sample metrics: # of members, engagement levels, # of engagement activities, frequency of engagement activities, # of sessions/month, # returning users.)

Community Engagement Activities: Identify activities that you intend to employ to support community engagement. What is your intended battle rhythm? (Sample activities: Welcome emails to new members/as members join, Newsletters/weekly, Announcements/bi-weekly, Webinars/monthly, Recruitment/bi-monthly.)
Community Roles: Successful communities have critical roles that must be filled by dedicated individuals willing to devote time to the management of the community. Please identify the names and email addresses of the individuals who will be filling the key roles, as well as the estimated weekly time commitment in hours. Community roles are defined in more detail at the following link Community Roles and Responsibilities.

The team has the entire MOA if they desire to look ahead of these first 5 areas of the MOA.  ANS

SHERRY TAYLOR11/7/2019 5:34 PMNo
011/4/2019 6:20 PM

​On Oct. 31, 2019, a President Trump Executive Order revokes EO 13495 of Jan. 30, 2009, which gave Service Contract Act employees’ Right of First Refusal with a successor employer.

11/4/2019 6:20 PMNo

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