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This Week in Federal Contracting – October 23, 2017

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

  • The role the private sector and government contractors play in reforming the operation of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • FY18 predictions for federal contractors around cybersecurity, cloud technology and block chain
  • Advice for female small business owners looking to break into federal contracting
  • The decline in prime contracts for small businesses over the last seven years

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

 

A good start at reforming the Veterans Administration

As a result of the scandal in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs over three years ago, the department is looking at how they can improve how they operate, and leaning on private sector partnerships is part of the plan. According to the Washington Examiner, “Government contracting is complex and has pitfalls, but the private sector can be an appropriate partner or, as in this case, a force multiplier for an overextended agency that is unable to cope.”

Read the whole story here.

 

FY 2018 Forecasts: Winds Shifting on Data Security, Industry Consolidation, and DOJ Enforcement Efforts

Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Bradley Wine, Tina Reynolds, and Victoria Dalcourt discuss predictions in federal contracts for FY18. In this part of the series, they focus on cybersecurity, cloud-based services, employment regulations, M&A, FCA enforcement and blockchain.

Read the whole story here.

 

10 Insider Tips for Women Owned Small Businesses Seeking Federal Government Contracts

In a recent Small Business Trends article, Annie Pilon offers her advice for female business owners looking to break into federal contracting. “The federal government is awarding more contracts to women owned small businesses than ever before,” states Pilon. “In fact, there are some opportunities for government contracts that are meant specifically for women owned small businesses.”

Read the whole story here.

 

Number of small business prime contractors down by 25 percent since 2010

Despite federal agencies meeting their small business goals for the fourth year in a row, fewer small businesses have won prime contracts over the last few years. Jason Miller at Federal News Radio reports, “The government’s focus on total dollars going to small businesses may be shortsighted. The number of businesses in the marketplace is just as important as the total amount of contracts small firms are winning.”

Read the whole story here.

 


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