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This Week in Federal Contracting – July 3, 2017

IT modernization and improved acquisition of federal services continues to be a topic of discussion among federal agency decision makers. More importance is being placed on IT agility and bidding competition, so federal contractors should be ready. 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:

 

House Begins Work Today on another Round of DoD Acquisition Overhauls

The House is currently working on reforming the federal acquisition system. The current provisions being reviewed include requiring the DoD to purchase COTS solutions from private sector “online marketplaces” like Amazon, but this brings up several concerns with other law and regulation compliance for the federal government.

Read the whole story here.

 

Incumbents Ruling Less of the Day in Federal Contracting

Due to the Obama administration’s push for a more competitive federal procurement process over the last eight years, there has been a decline in incumbent wins for government contracts. The contractor market has also aggressively diversified at both the federal and regional levels. In turn, pricing and profit percentages for federal contracts are decreasing.

Read the whole story here.

 

DevOps University Aims to Address Government’s Agile Talent Dearth

In an effort to build a more agile, IT-savvy workforce, companies are investing more money in educating federal customers in DevOps. In fact, companies like InfoZen are building facilities dedicated to this exact purpose to combat the “shortage of talent in agile methodologies.”

Read the whole story here.

 

Is a Cabinet-Level CIO the Future of Government I.T.?

At the recent DATA Act Summit, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., suggested that a cabinet-level CIO could be useful in better organizing and leading ongoing IT modernization efforts. With the increased financial transparency offered to citizens with the DATA Act, effective IT management is more important than ever, so many think a more established leader for the effort makes sense.

Read the whole story here.


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