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This Week in Federal Contracting – October 16, 2017

In this week’s Federal Contracting News Roundup, we are looking at:

  • The new OPM course to boost performance management in federal agencies
  • The Army’s request to congress for modernization support and funding
  • Federal procurement trending towards value over price point
  • Rapid contractor mergers and acquisitions resulting in overlooking compliance

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


New OPM course to help managers improve employee engagement

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is offering a new online course that aims to “help agency supervisors and managers improve employee engagement and performance.” OPM is hoping that the course will be helpful for federal agencies to better comply with performance management expectations outlined in the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) reorganization memo.

Read the whole story here.


Can the Army sell Congress on modernization?

According to a recent story on FCW, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley is pushing aggressively for a “modernization command” for the summer of next year. However, Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute things that the Army will need to improve their readiness and warfighting capabilities before funding for modernization will be granted.

The article stated, “Rebranding its modernization effort as equally essential as weapons or aircraft capabilities is key, Thompson said, because the current story is ‘pretty hard to follow.’”

Read the whole story here.


Procurement may be trending toward value over price

Sam Skolnik of Bloomberg Government reported on a federal procurement trend that reveals Congress is not simply looking for the most affordable contracting bids anymore. Skolnik noted, “Contracting industry groups and, increasingly, members of Congress have been agitating for a best-value purchasing approach in more cases, taking into account other factors, including whether the benefits of higher-priced proposals are worth the extra cost.”

Read the whole story here.


Government Contracts M&A Moving at Breakneck Speed: Contractors Advised to Slow Down and Ensure Compliance

Because the federal contracting market has been rife with mergers and acquisitions, compliance has fallen by the wayside somewhat.  Elizabeth Leavy and Lawrence Block from Reed Smith LLP advise these organizations to take their time in the acquisition process to ensure seamless transitions and contract retention.

Read the whole story here.

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