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This Week in Federal Contracting – Week of June 19, 2017

As issues like IT modernization and cybersecurity become more pressing priorities for government agencies, agility and technological expertise from government contractors is more important than ever. The private sector continues to strive to understand and anticipate the challenges for these government entities. For these reasons, ARServices is compiling a regular roundup of pertinent federal contracting news.

 

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

 

SAIC sees uptick in federal IT markets

Despite SAIC’s nine percent decline in revenue this year, company CEO Tony Moraco is optimistic about future federal contracting opportunities due to the new 2018 budget request. The request prioritizes areas like IT monetization, cybersecurity and military readiness, signifying strong potential for contractors in those areas.

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Chamber of Commerce warns against ‘buy American’ in NAFTA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce warns against the Trump Administration’s “Buy American” policies, claiming that favoring domestic companies would hurt the nation’s economy in the long run. This is especially relevant with regards to upcoming negotiations with Canada and Mexico.

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SBA Chief Promises Women Contractors Greater Efficiency

Linda McMahon, the Small Business Administration’s Chief, stated at the American Express Open for Government Contracting: Summit for Success that the agency’s processes are being made more efficient for government contractors, specifically for women and minorities. “We’re consolidating the contract process and improving certification to make it more user-friendly and effective,” she said.

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Why DOD needs to think long term about cyber workforce

At the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Summit, military leaders discussed the need for an educated and capable cyber workforce. Employee skills that fulfill that need extend beyond coding ability and include “agility, creativity, curiosity and the ability to think through the reverse engineering of threats.”

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U.S. commits $250M to spur supercomputing speeds

The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding over $250 million dollars to the nations top computer makers to build the nation’s first exascale computer. Exascale computing will improve data analytics in cybersecurity, aerodynamics, energy applications and climate change modeling on a federal level.

Read the whole story here.


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