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This Week in Federal Contracting – September 11, 2017

In this week’s Federal Contracting News Roundup, we are looking at federal contracting growth from 2016 (despite expected threats), a smarter way to approach the federal request for proposals process for both vendors and agencies, how the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 is pushing for better data availability and smarter policy, and a recent study from Unisys about federal IT leadership views on cybersecurity as it stands today.

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

 

Despite procurement concerns, vendors made out well in 2016

In spite of what was predicted to be a questionable year for federal contractors, government vendors saw massive growth via mergers and acquisitions in 2016 according to research from Bloomberg Government. Daniel Snyder, deputy director of BGov’s Government Contract Research, said, “Snyder said their data shows 209 transactions in the federal space in 2016 with a combined purchase price of almost $584 billion. He said the M&A activity for 2017 is just as brisk.”

Read the whole story here.

 

Getting Smarter about RFPs

Because the federal request for proposal process is so daunting for both those issuing the request and those responding to it, Government Technology profiled several companies aiming to make the process more streamlined and painless. Those profiled in this overview are making the RFP process more focused on connecting the right vendors to the right contracts as well as saving government agencies time and resources throughout the process.

Read the whole story here.

 

How Congress can get better data and also increase privacy

A group of privacy and data experts are pushing for the creation of a commission that focuses on data collection and the distribution to aid evidence-based policymaking, known as the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016.

According to FCW, “The 22 recommendations set forth by the commissioners, developed in just over a year, direct Congress and the president to focus on three broad categories: ensuring privacy, improving data access and strengthening the federal government’s capacity for evidence building.”

Read the whole story here.

 

Modernization boosts cybersecurity anxieties, survey says

A recent poll from Unisys reveals that, despite all the heavy lifting happening with IT modernization in federal agencies, many federal IT leaders feel their cybersecurity challenges have increased instead of decreased. Derek Johnson on FCW notes, “The chaotic nature of IT transformation may also be a factor, as agencies attempt to simultaneously operate in two worlds: the old IT environment and the new.”

Read the whole story here.


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