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This Week in Federal Contracting – October 2, 2017

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

  • The beta launch of the General Services Administration’s procurement portal, SAM.gov
  • How the new CASTLE Guide paves the way for seamless cloud adoption for federal agencies with established standards and best practices
  • The proposed two year extension of the 2014 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act
  • The key steps for small businesses to take when looking to secure federal government contracts

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


GSA launches beta version of new SAM.gov site

The General Services Administration (GSA) unveiled the beta version of its new System for Award Management portal, SAM.gov. According to FedScoop, “Beta.sam.gov represents an early version of the IAE’s [Integrated Award Environment] efforts to condense 10 procurement awards sites into a single information portal that will showcase the federal government’s contracting opportunities.” The site team is currently accepting public feedback on the project.

Read the whole story here.


Better standards, more sharing seen as keys to cloud adoption

In order to quickly and efficiently implement cloud technologies across federal agencies, the Cloud Computing Center of Excellence (CCoE) has crafted the Cloud Adoption Survival Tips, Lessons and Experiences Guide (CASTLE Guide). This guide is meant to help federal agencies follow a set of standards and key findings that make cloud adoption seamless and, in turn, reduce resources needed for a successful migration.

Read the whole story here.


Senators propose extension of FITARA data center initiative

To keep data center consolidation and updates moving forward in federal agencies, Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) with Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) as cosponsors introduced a bill to the Senate that would extend the 2014 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) by two years.

FCW reported, “The push to consolidate, shrink and maximize the efficiency of the federal government’s sprawling data center network has received bipartisan support from Congress and the past two presidential administrations. However, implementation has at times been bumpy.”

Read the whole story here.


How to score government contract work for your small business

USA Today explained the key steps in securing federal contracts for local businesses. Adriana Flores, Vice President of the Alamo Music Center in San Antonio, TX, shared her story of success in toggling between local business and government contracts, with federal business accounting for about one-sixth of her revenue.

Read the whole story here.

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