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This Week in Federal Contracting – July 10, 2017

Awarding contracts to more diverse teams and businesses and cybersecurity measures continue to be topics of discussion among federal agency decision makers. Understanding the security requirements and desired teams for government contracts are crucial to winning them, so federal contractors should educated. 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:

 

Gov’t Contracts Policy To Watch In 2017: Midyear Report

Daniel Wilson shares upcoming policy changes that will affect the federal contracting market. Some of these updates include work with the NDAA, cybersecurity and R&D defense policy, congress and civilian acquisition issues and small business contracting changes.

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Why Should MWBEs Work with the Government?

Jonnel Doris, Senior Advisor and Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women Owned Businesses, explains the benefits of working with MWBEs on contracts beyond defense or construction. Doris calls for a cultural shift both internally within NYC as well as externally.

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Smaller defense contractors face big security changes

In New Hampshire, Patricia Toth of the National Institute of Standards and Technology spoke to business leaders about upcoming security changes to expect for defense contracts. “Protecting sensitive government data from hackers is the primary objective of the new requirements, particularly controlled, unclassified information.”

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All Things AAS and FEDSIM

Tom Howder, Assistant Commissioner for the GSA’s Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS), and Director of FEDSIM Chris Hamm spoke about the federal government’s process for acquiring IT products and services as how AAS fits into the equation.

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Why this IT Modernization Push Could Actually Work

In a recent op-ed piece, Bajinder Paul of the Federal Reserve explained why the ongoing push for modernized federal IT is crucial to the operability of our government. “Government needs to migrate applications to the cloud using innovative approaches such as DevOps and agile methodologies.”

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