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Acquisition Systems Extensions Due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, two key acquisition system extensions have been granted to enable greater flexibility for both vendors and contracting officers.

In SAM, current registrants with active registrations expiring before May 16, 2020 will be afforded a one-time extension of 60 days.

In eSRS, for contracts with individual subcontracting plans, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the due date for submission of the Individual Subcontracting Report (ISR) required under FAR clause 52.219-9 for the period ending March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020 (originally April 30, 2020). Additionally, for contracts completed between March 13, 2020 and May 31, 2020, the submission of the Final ISR is extended to June 30, 2020.

ACT-IAC Office Closed for two weeks

ACT-IAC Office Closed for two weeks.  Dear Members of the ACT-IAC family, as we as nation continue to grapple with ways to slow the rate of transmission for novel coronavirus (COVID 19), we have decided to follow the plans of most local school systems and commence mandatory telework for ACT-IAC employees for a 2 week period, from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th.  During this time, the ACT-IAC offices will be closed, but the ACT-IAC professional staff will all be on-line and connected; available to answer your calls/emails and continue conducting the business of ACT-IAC in the days ahead.  We will continue to update you on upcoming events/changing situations both through our daily email, the ACT-IAC News Flash and here on the ACT-IAC Coronavirus Resource Center.  We greatly appreciate your continued support as we navigate our way through these challenging times.  Our primary concern remains everyone’s safety and well-being.

David M. Wennergren
CEO

ACT-IAC Publishes Shared Services Paper

The ACT-IAC Shared Services Working Group produced a paper entitled “Technology Transfer: How a Mission-Focused Shared Service Can Contribute to US Economic Growth” which examines the existing tools, applications, systems, and organizations that comprise the shared services landscape in technology transfer and evaluates the potential for enhancing or developing a new shared service for this vital contributor to the US economy and national security. 

ACT-IAC Publishes Artificial Intelligence Playbook

ACT-IAC published an Artificial Intelligence Playbook. This Playbook immediately follows the ACT-IAC Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Primer and proposes a process and a series of phases to support the United States Federal Government in its understanding and application of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to support its mission. Each phase contains a set of key activities organized in functional areas that go beyond just the technical aspects of AI but include management, people, process, and acquisition areas.

Ted Davies Appointed Executive Vice Chair for the Industry Advisory Council

As announced last month, Tony Scott tendered his resignation as Executive Vice Chair for the Industry Advisory Council (IAC), effective September 9, 2019, to accommodate his need to spend more time in California to support his family and other commitments. We would like to thank Tony once again for his service in support of ACT-IAC and look forward to continuing to engage Tony as his schedule permits.

In accordance with the IAC Bylaws, Article V: Officers and Duties, Section 5, “In the event of a vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification or otherwise, the IAC Chair may appoint a replacement, subject to approval of the Executive Committee, for the unexpired portion of the term.” Accordingly, I have appointed, and the IAC Executive Committee has approved, Ted Davies, CEO at Altamira Technologies Corporation, to replace Tony as the Executive Vice Chair and the next Chair of IAC. 

This appointment was critical and unprecedented. As such, I consulted with several past IAC Chairs before arriving at the decision. Many characteristics and criteria were considered in arriving at this decision, I strongly believe that this selection best positions the organization for future success. As you know, Ted has been a long-time supporter of ACT-IAC, a previously elected IAC Chair and currently sits on the IAC Executive Committee as an appointed member. For the past couple of years Ted has also chaired ACT-IAC’s Executive Collaboration Forum and has done significant outreach to industry leaders on our behalf. His knowledge and experience will allow him to immediately step in and significantly contribute to the leadership of ACT-IAC. I know you will all join me in thanking Tony for his service and welcoming Ted once more to this important leadership role.

Paul Strasser
IAC Chair

ACT-IAC Invites Members to Join New Health Community of Interest

Since launching the “health” mission over a year ago, ACT-IAC saw increased member interest and engagement in this topic through multiple programs, forums, webinars, a special health government-sponsored project, and over 30 health-related submissions to this year’s Igniting Innovation.  In July 2019, both ACT and IAC Executive Committees voted to establish a Health Community of Interest (COI).

ACT-IAC members from government and industry with an interest in health are invited to participate in the Health COI.  To learn more about the new COI and to join, visit https://www.actiac.org/groups/health-community-interest

Congratulations to New Communities of Interest (COI) Leaders

ACT-IAC is pleased to announce the new leaders for the Communities of Interest (COIs). There were 16 positions across 6 COIs that were available for reelection and/or vacant.  The following members will serve in their COI leadership roles for the term July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021. Thank you to all the candidates for their readiness to serve in ACT-IAC.

COI

Position

First Name

Last Name

Organization

ACQ

Gov Vice-Chair

Florence ♦

Kasule

US Digital Service 

CX

Industry Chair

Zac ♦

Trojak

Medallia

CX

Gov Chair

David

Ellison

Social Security Administration

CX

Gov Vice Chair

John ♦

Chang

Dept of Justice

CX

Industry Vice Chair

Charlotte**

Lee

Kastling, Inc

ET

Government Chair

Jeremy**

Wood

Millenium Challenge Corporation

ET

Industry Chair

Todd**

Hager

Macro Solutions

ET

Industry Vice Chair

Fred

de Vaulx

Prometheus Consulting

ET

Gov Vice Chair

David ♦

Maron

VA

EWF

Industry Chair

Andrew ♦

McCoy

Learning Tree International

EWF

Government Chair

Terri** ♦

Shaffer

GSA

EWF

Government Vice Chair

Christina ♦

Gonzales Vay

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

ITMM

Government Chair

Daniel** ♦

York

GSA

ITMM

Government Vice-Chair

Melvin** ♦

Brown

Small Business Administration

N&T

Government Chair

Kevin

Gallo

GSA

N&T

Government Vice-Chair

Andrew**

Low

DHS

Names in ** are incumbent in their position. Names in ♦ are unopposed candidates.

ACT-IAC Publishes Update to the IT Management Maturity Model

ACT-IAC published a white paper entitled "IT Management Maturity Model Overview: In support of the implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Version 2.0" developed by the IT Management and Modernization Community of Interest. The paper and web resources are available online.

To support the implementation of FITARA, the paper updated the ACT-IAC IT Management Maturity Model to help agencies assess their maturity in six critical functions of IT management.  Since the initial development and implementation of this model in September 2015, additional federal government-wide initiatives, policies, and legislation were issued that tie directly into the tenets of FITARA and IT management. Additionally, agencies provided feedback based on direct experience implementing the model that was included in this update.

The key updates to the model include adding a cybersecurity function, adding Technology Business Management (TBM) attributes, strengthening the emphasis on modernization and incremental development throughout the model, building a stronger focus on software license management, ensuring connections between IT strategic planning and IT budget planning, and including IT workforce re-training to meet IT priorities.

 

Forbes article highlights Zero Trust Architecture

Forbes article on "Implementing a Zero Trust Architecture" by Darren Death, Vice President of Information Security - Chief Information Security Officer for ASRC Federal and ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Community of Interest (COI) Program Chair and member of ACT-IAC Working Group for Zero Trust Cybersecurity Report.

Read the Forbes Article, https://www.actiac.org/implementing-zero-trust-architecture

Download the ACT-IAC Zero Trust Cybersecurity Report, https://www.actiac.org/zero-trust-cybersecurity-current-trends

 

ACT-IAC Publishes Zero Trust Cybersecurity Report

The Federal CIO Council Services, Strategy, and Infrastructure Committee asked ACT-IAC to evaluate the technical maturity, availability for procurement, and important issues related to potential federal agency adoption of zero trust networking (ZTN) and software defined networking (SDN). Those technologies could radically transform and improve cybersecurity and data protection and sharing. And, the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract could provide the means for agencies to acquire those capabilities. The project began with market research, presentations and demonstrations, and evaluation of the underlying trust algorithms. The report was completed on April 18, 2019.

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