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This Week in Federal Contracting – July 17, 2017

Improving contracting best practices as the space continues to change continue to be topics of discussion among federal agency decision makers. With more modern approaches and motivation to do better work for government agencies, federal contractors are likely to change outdated practices in the government acquisition game. 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:

Could ‘Microconsulting’ Disrupt Government Contracting?

Steve Kelman offered his thoughts on the concept of microconsulting, or the idea of selling smaller increments of a service at a lower price point for smaller projects, and how that approach could potentially disrupt the world of government contracting. He finds this concept to be particularly appealing to government contractors because of the difficulty associated with entering the public sector as a private vendor.

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Pentagon Moves to Shut Foreign Firms Out of its Supply Chain

The Pentagon is taking initial steps in enforcing the new “Buy American” laws from the Trump administration by eliminating foreign-made products from their supply chain. A memo from the Office of Management and Budget called out specifically the need to purchase American-made steel, iron, aluminum and cement.

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5 Reasons to Use the SBA to Help Grow Your Small Business

Helen Callier of Bradlink LLC explains why leveraging the help of the Small Business Administration (SBA) will help grow budding small businesses. She notes their four focus areas, Access to Capital, Entrepreneurial Development, Government Contracting and Advocacy, and elaborates on how the administration aims to set up new federal-facing businesses for success.

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The Right Thing is Also the Hard Thing in Federal Contracting

As a private-sector tech CEO, Lawrence Prior urges public sector leaders to prioritize outcomes over input when it comes to government projects and contracts. Prior notes, “The current government service acquisition model—based on labor hours or staffing levels—is obsolete.”

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Lawmakers Aim to Restrict Use of Lowest-Price Contracts

According to a new bi-partisan bill currently in the hopper, the Promoting Value Based Procurement Act, House representatives are pushing for stricter regulation on the use of lowest price technically acceptable contracts. “Price should not be the sole deciding factor when the federal government is purchasing complex, innovative information technology and engineering systems, where the least expensive option often may not lead to the best long-term value,” said Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.

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