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This Week in Federal Contracting – August 14, 2017

Because we are approaching the end of FY17, many agencies are seeing the affects of proposed budget cuts on their 2018 plans. Other departments are also seeing where they fall short with regards to new standards. With these trends in mind, 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:

 

What’s next for agency reorg plans?

The Trump administration has made agency reorganization and consolidation a priority, but budget cuts and the hiring freeze have caused some challenges. “Robert Shea, a principal of Grant Thornton’s public sector practice, noted there is a lot of overlap and duplication across government that can be looked at, but added, ‘reorganization for reorganization’s sake is distracting because it’s going to cost money, and get people worked up for not a lot of good reason.’”

Read the whole story here.

 

VA’s legacy systems aren’t ready for the Data Act

A recently released report reveals that the Department of Veterans Affairs’ legacy systems are unable to support many requirements of the Data Act. Specifically, the system’s financial reporting component will only achieve partial Data Act compliance.

Read the whole story here.

 

Plan to Improve Management of Defective Aviation Parts Should Be Enhanced

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) management plan for defective aviation parts should be expanded. The DLA is continuing to refine and expand this plan.

Read the whole story here.

 

NIH budget cuts will damage ‘The American System’

The proposed budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would not only result in 5,000 to 8,000 fewer grants for basic medical research. It would also translate into approximately 90,000 lost jobs and $15 billion in lost economic activity. This is mainly because the NIH is a combination of public and private partnerships that would all be deeply affected by such cuts.

Read the whole story here.


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