Davis bill would rush homeland defense buys

Tom Davis

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) wants to help agencies smooth the purchase processes that would bring homeland security technology into the government.

Davis, the chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, earlier this month introduced a bill to relax some provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation to streamline procurement for commercial security technologies.
HR 4629 also would amend the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act to create a pilot program to reward vendors that sell innovative homeland defense technologies. The hardware and software would be identified by OFPP in consultation with the Office of Homeland Security, Office of Management and Budget, and departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Transportation and Treasury.

The pilot would give vendors that provide these technologies awards of up to $20,000 each from an annual fund of $500,000.

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