Report: GovCon Procurement, Cybersecurity Could See Changes in New Defense Policy Bill; Deltek’s Alex Rossino Comments

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Procurement reform, cyber security and cloud computing are just some of the main features of a new military policy that government contractors could expect to have an impact, according to a Washington Post report Monday.

Marjorie Censer writes the three are among several provisions on the National Defense Authorization Act that are of interest to the industry, along with a new salary cap on executive pay that the Professional Services Council said “could cause significant complications for government and contractors.”

The measure tasks the Defense Department to evaluate its acquisition procedures to streamline the process, eliminate bottlenecks and speed up the supply chain.

The legislation also calls for a review of how much, how thorough and how long it conducts security clearances.

On cloud computing, the law has a provision intended to ensure that the government is procuring systems and services that can work together.

“Interoperability remains the key word for 2014 and beyond,” said Alex Rossino of Herndon-based market analyst Deltek.

The new law also enacts the appointment of a key point person for military cyber activities from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

President Obama signed the defense policy bill into law over the Christmas break.

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