Washington is busy these days. There’s the GOP leadership upheaval in the House – and, what’s that other thing? – oh, yeah, keeping the government open. But, then there was the announcement that the U.S. and China reached cyber detente.
According to soon-to-be-Ex-Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), his decision to retire will clear the way for the House to approve the Senate’s continuing resolution (CR), which means no shutdown is coming at the end of the month. But, what about later?
It’s unlikely that any assembly in human history so completely embraced the cliche, “moving from the sublime to the ridiculous,” as Congress did this week when lawmakers hosted Pope Francis one day and began hatching its budget “strategy” the next.
Contractors, federal employees, and pretty much everyone else in D.C. always gets front row seats to the annual Is-This-Any-Way-To-Fund-A-Government circus performing daily on Capitol Hill. So, we’ll try and fill in some of the gaps for contractors concerning Budget-pocalypse 2016.
In May, PROCAS Connect reported on a study published by the watchdog organization Public Citizen claiming “Accounting Tricks Create False Impression that Small Businesses Are Getting Their Fair Share of Federal Procurement Money.” You know, someone should look into that.
According to Gypsy lore, reading tea leaves requires patience. Trails of leaves mean a journey is imminent. Triangles refer to an unexpected good fortune. But, when it comes to predicting a government shutdown, where’s a Gypsy when you need one?
When was the last time you heard contractors say, “Ya know, there just isn’t enough regulation and red tape in Washington these days.” But, that’s basically what happened when the Professional Services Council (PSC) looked at the OMB’s cybersecurity guidance.
Now that Congress has returned to work, there are a few items on its to-do list, including raising the debt ceiling and passing a budget. In the mix is the 2016 Defense budget – which could significantly change DoD acquisition.
In a chilling testimony before the House Subcommittee on Intelligence, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told lawmakers that the next evolution of cyber terrorism won’t merely involve date being stolen – it’ll focus on critical data actually being altered.
Labor Day pushed the legal issue to Wednesday. We’ll be back on the news on Friday for the Iran “non-vote” and budget shenanigans. But, first, we’ll take a look at the expectations for 4Q 2015 acquisitions, aka, the Big Spend.