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This Week in Federal Contracting – July 31, 2017

Budget changes and reallocated funding, primarily towards IT efforts, is a prime focus for federal agencies as the end of the FY17 approaches. Federal agencies are looking at how they can strategically partner with the private sector while cutting unnecessary costs. 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:


Annual Defense Bill Aims to Rein in Pentagon Outsourcing

In an effort to cut costs in the Pentagon, lawmakers are pushing to reintroduce a spending cap on the Department of Defense’s contract spending. “Restoration of that cap was necessary to deter the transfer of federal work to more costly service contractors” and to “strike a fair balance,” Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii said.

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The Agencies Where Trump Can Most Easily Shift Contracting Priorities

A recent report from Govini, the 2017 Federal Scorecard, revealed that more than $400 billion in government contracts are set to expire this year across 19 of the major federal agencies. This poses an opportunity for the Trump administration to reallocate federal contracting dollars towards pushing forward priorities on their agenda.

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Senators OK Funding to Improve Their Own Cybersecurity

Senate appropriators recently pushed forward legislation that boosts funding to combat cyberattacks and data breaches for the upper chamber. The funding boost for $28.6 million will go towards both cyber protection offerings as well as staff training.

Read the whole story here.


White House pushes TBM for IT savings and smarter spending

At the recent White House Summit on Technology Business Management, CIOs and chief financial officers from both the public and private sectors were brought together to discuss wiser IT management and investing strategies. The goal of the summit was to brainstorm ways to better allocate IT dollars and cut down on unnecessary IT spending.

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Agencies Should Look to Industry for Scaling Shared Services

Beth Angerman of the General Services Administration (GSA) shares her thoughts on the advantages for federal agencies looking to the private sector when it comes to scaling shared services. “Angerman said her hope is to accelerate technical solutions that would give the ‘government access to technology that we see available in the commercial storefront.’”

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