Davis bill would speed buy-in of homeland defense technology

Davis bill would speed buy-in of homeland defense tech

Rep. Tom Davis

Agencies could streamline their acquisition procedures for commercial homeland defense technologies under a bill introduced this month by Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) to amend the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act.

The bill, HR 4629, would create a pilot to bring innovative software and hardware to agencies faster. It was referred to the Government Reform Committee, whose Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy Davis chairs. Awards would be capped at $20,000 per product from an annual fund of $500,000.

The bill would require the OFPP administrator to establish a governmentwide program for vendors of innovative homeland defense technologies. The technologies would be identified by OFPP in consultation with the Office of Homeland Security, the Office of Management and Budget, and the departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Transportation and the Treasury.

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