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This Week in Federal Contracting – June 26, 2017

IT modernization and privatization of federal services continues to be a topic of discussion among federal agency decision makers. The private sector continues to exhibit their expertise in areas like federal IT and more government agencies are realizing their strengths in the space. For these reasons, ARServices is compiling a regular roundup of pertinent federal contracting industry news.

Below are some recent headlines of which the federal contracting community should be aware:


White House Tech Summit Good News for Small Businesses? Hope So!

Recently at the White House Tech Summit, it was made clear that smaller businesses and startup will be serving a large role in the massive IT modernization taking place across federal agencies. Because private vendors tend to have more update approaches to technology, contractors have a distinct advantage in shaping tomorrow’s federal IT space.

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Agencies are a Step Closer to Creating Their Own Siri

The General Services Administration (GSA) recently completed a pilot program that helps federal agencies learn to construct chat bots and other virtual assistants. The program aims to help automate administrative tasks and help agencies streamline their processes.

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Government Transformation Starts with Employee Digital Experiences

Matt Gibbons from Concur offers his thoughts on the importance of employee-centric solutions as federal agencies undergo massive IT shifts. He thinks that by creating technologies with the user at the center of the operational goals, IT modernization is more accessible.

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Should DCAA Hand Certain Audits to Commercial Firms?

The House Armed Services Committee is moving to adjust language in the National Defense Authorization Act to make it easier for the Pentagon to bypass the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and hire private auditors. Many think this move will lessen bureaucratic red tape and increase efficiency through competition.

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OMB ‘Out of Practice’ on Competitive Sourcing, Adviser Says

The Trump administration is moving to ease the moratorium on outsourcing federal jobs to private sector contractors. Trump’s senior advisor on management issues, Linda Springer, suggested that the OMB is “out of practice” when it comes to public-private contract competition.

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