Federal acquisition regulation

NTIS chief data scientist: Public-private partnership authority can help agencies with explainable AI


The National Technical Information Service helps agencies to improve data collection, labeling and classifying, and use data to ensure machine-learning models can be trusted.

SBA publishes new rule designed to help small federal contractors demonstrate prior experience


From Aug. 22, small businesses will be able to use prior experience from joint ventures and prime contracts with subcontracting plans.

FAR updates that would mandate cyber incident reporting for contractors a year or more away


OMB has submitted two proposals for updating contract language to the FAR Council.

HHS cites coronavirus ‘urgency’ in speedy Palantir contract awards


The department cited the "unusual and compelling urgency" of the pandemic in awarding two HHS Protect system contracts without competition.

GSA’s coronavirus bot shows how RPA can supplement pandemic response


The agency needed to process a lot of data about infection counts in areas where it runs federal buildings. Robotic process automation (RPA) cut down a lot of repetitive, manual work that humans were doing.

Faster patents require faster IT and contracting, and USPTO’s CIO has goals in place


“We were stifling innovation at the agency for innovation," said the agency's Procurement Systems Division chief.