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This Week in Federal Contracting – October 30, 2017

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

  • The effects that category management contracts have on small businesses
  • How to ensure success with subcontractors
  • The Army CIO’s stance of acquisition reform
  • IT modernization planning and execution

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

 

Category management contracts hurt small businesses

The rise of category management contracts my affect smaller businesses’ abilities to win federal contracts, even though they are arguably more cost-effective. Federal Times reported, “According to [Sean] Crean (director of the SBA’s Office of Government Contracting), as the popularity of these contracts grows, newer and usually smaller businesses will have fewer and fewer opportunities to break into the federal space.”

Read the whole story here.

 

3 ways to make the most of your subcontract

AMEX Open’s Lourdes Martin-Rosa shares her thoughts on teaming for federal contracting and how contractors can foster a more productive, beneficial working environment with subcontractors. “Despite the many advantages of teaming, subcontractors can sometimes find themselves out in the cold if they don’t take the proper steps to assure inclusion once the contract is awarded.”

Read the whole story here.

 

Army streamlines adapt-and-buy approach

Army CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford is calling for more aggressive acquisition reform in the Department of Defense. He stated as the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s MILCOM Conference last week, “We’ve been treating symptoms … [but] we now know more about root cause and the impact of IT on the character of future warfare.”

Read the whole story here.

 

White House sketches plans to staff its modernization efforts

The White House’s Office of American Innovation (OAI) is looking to industry for advice on how to best tackle the creation of the necessary research centers to drive IT modernization. FCW reported, “A Request for Information released Oct. 20 by the General Services Administration on behalf of OAI seeks feedback on how best to create ‘centers of excellence’ on identity management and authentication, cloud computing, consolidated contact centers and data transparency and access.”

Read the whole story here.


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