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This Week in Federal Contracting – August 21, 2017

In this week’s Federal Contracting News Roundup, we are looking at the House’s push for purchasing COTS solutions in commercial marketplaces, the benefits of the DATA act for assessing government spending trends, how the pending government shutdown will affect the contracting community and calls for better cybersecurity measures for future state and local elections.

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

 

House Wants Uncle Sam to Purchase COTS Items from Amazon and Other Online Sellers

The House version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA ) calls for wider government use of commercial marketplaces like Amazon, affecting the federal contracting community. According to Lexology, “If enacted, the NDAA would be a revolutionary development in the way the Government buys many of its products, allowing agencies to leapfrog over competitive bidding requirements and numerous mandatory clauses now included in Government contracts for commercial items.”

Read the whole story here.

 

OMB to Congress: DATA Act Could Advance Trump’s Agenda

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), suggests that the data visibility brought on by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) of 2014 will help the Trump Administration better assess government spending trends. The act requires federal agencies to publicize their spending data, including dollars spent on federal contracting and grant recipients.

Read the whole story here.

 

Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

Unless Congress passes the 2018 spending bill to fund federal agencies before Oct 1, agencies will have to shutter their doors until an agreement is reached. Government contractors are already well ahead of schedule for these preparations.

Read the whole story here.

 

Election Officials: ‘We are going to Need More Assistance’

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working with state and local governments to protect the election system from future cyberattacks, but still see noticeable risks. The federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) encourages state and local government to hold meetings with their election, emergency management, and IT officials for planning and preparation, presenting opportunities for the cybersecurity-focused federal contracting market.

Read the whole story here.


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