Lots of people are wondering about the future of lots of government-related things in the new Administration, from national security to the economy. Add contractors to that list. So, consider this the first of many glimpses into the crystal ball.
News reports indicate the new Administration is getting off to a bumpy start regarding its transition efforts, which is leaving many Hill observers very unsure about future policies. Now, the Category Management program is also coming under fire. What’s next?
When the OPM breach was discovered last summer, over 20 million federal employees and contractor employees had pieces of their identities stolen. The Chinese are believed to have carried out the hack, but no one knew why – until now.
Remember the new overtime rules that had you grumbling? You weren’t the only one. More than 55 state and national business groups have filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new rules – and that doesn’t include the state governments.
Republican or Democrat, conservative or progressive, much to everyone’s relief, the election will soon be over. For the first time in eight years, we’ll have a new team leading the federal government. So, what kind of agenda should contractors support?
Cybersecurity is big business. According to CSO Online, $75 billion was spent on cybersecurity in 2015, and it’s projected to grow to $175 billion by 2020. Yet, the top five U.S. defense contractors have struggled or gotten out of it.
At a Bloomberg webinar held earlier this week, Duncan Amos, a government contracts research expert, proclaimed federal agencies had hit the bottom in contracting dollars and brighter days were ahead. But, that presumes the 114th Congress actually passes a budget.
Two years ago, the DoD noticed something: the portion of no-bid Defense contracts was approaching 50 percent. Alarmed, the Pentagon’s chief buyer issued a memo and a manual with procedures to correct the trend. So, how’s all that been going?
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.
Two articles caught our attention and made us wonder whether we were seeing acquisition prototypes or catching glimpses of the future. Both would require contractors to toss out their old paradigms and learn to embrace new ways of doing business.