Federal Manager's Daily Report

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The annual DoD authorization bill up for consideration in the House Armed Services Committee this week contains several provisions specific to the department’s acquisition workforce.

One would require the DoD to establish rotational assignments for a certain percentage of the acquisition workforce through the public-private talent exchange programs. That provision also would make a limited number of employees in DoD Field Activities and Defense agencies eligible for enhanced pay.

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Another would require an exchange program focused on software-intensive startup businesses, and to establish related incentives for participation. It would further require regular discussions for industry and government stakeholders to exchange best practices and address general challenges.

That provision also would require training curricula for DoD acquisition employees to address “business models and revenue incentives of software-first commercial, startup, and nontraditional companies that may be able to offer solutions to the Department” and would require a pilot program to “test the feasibility of unique approaches to negotiating software data rights.”

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