We’re back! By now, everyone’s long over their food hangovers (or any other hangover) from Thanksgiving. The question is: how are you coping with the Presidential transition? Way more questions than answers so far, but the NDAA is making progress.
One legacy of the Obama administration will be the broad attempts to tug the bureaucratic federal procurement establishment into the 21st century. The process is slow, and many would argue the results have been mixed. But, they keep on trying.
To some extent, the Pentagon’s early efforts to streamline tech procurement have been like sinking in quicksand. The harder the military struggled, the faster it sank. But, that’s about to change with a new procurement effort aimed at new contractors.
Innovation should be one of the cornerstones of any company or industry that hopes to be around a long time. Same holds true for government agencies. With that in mind, the GSA hopes to shake up acquisition by adding bots.
In 2011, Democrats and Republicans weren’t getting along. From that turmoil arose the Budget Control Act (aka, sequestration), which was predicted to become a “plagues of locusts” kind of thing. For federal contractors, however, it didn’t turn out that way.
Cybersecurity concerns have created such universal anxiety among federal agencies that they’re becoming the driving force behind new thinking among purchasing policy makers. Ground zero for all this is Silicon Valley - right at the corner of Innovation and Opportunity.
These days, anytime federal cybersecurity contracting is discussed, the numbers used are always billions. It’s big business, and there’s no indication things are slowing down anytime soon. So, here’s a look ahead at some big and small billion dollar opportunities.
The House of Representatives is turning out to be everything Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) thought it would be. That could mean legislation crafted in the Upper Chamber could carry more weight, which would be very good news for small contractors.
If you’ve been watching the NDAA 2017 legislative skirmish, you know that the Senate and House disagree on key components. Though contractors may not like everything in the bill, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter likes it a whole lot less.
The Pentagon has been courting Silicon Valley for some time, and it’s been challenging. But, one DoD unit may have hit on a model that could work for many Defense-related initiatives … But, this one’s a long way from California.