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This Week in Federal Contracting – October 9, 2017

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

  • FEMA’s plans for increasing disaster relief staff numbers
  • The fluctuation of the size of the federal workforce and its ongoing privatization
  • Growth in the adoption of federal cybersecurity
  • The nature of concentration and competition in the federal procurement market

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

 

FEMA Still Planning Additional Influx of Federal Personnel in Puerto Rico

As Hurricane Maria relief efforts continue in Puerto Rico, FEMA stated that it plans to continue sending more staff to the island for help in addition to the current 14,000 people already there. According to a recent article in GovExec, “FEMA Administrator Brock Long, who previously called the Maria response effort the ‘most logistically challenging event’ in U.S. history, said this week his agency would be in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands ‘for years.’”

Read the whole story here.

 

How big is the federal workforce, really?

In a recent FCW article, NYU Professor Paul Light discussed the fluctuating size of the federal workforce over the years and the Trump administration’s push for more privatization. He stated, “Reducing the size of the federal workforce and leaning more on the private sector have been mainstays of the Trump administration’s management agenda, driven by drastic proposed cuts to civilian agencies.”

Read the whole story here.

 

Matt Hummer: What’s the rate of growth in federal cybersecurity?

Matt Hummer of Govini shared some statistics on the growth rate of federal cybersecurity programs and contracts with Federal News Radio following a new report from them. He also shared insights about how the market is developing and expanding for contractors.

Read the whole story here.

 

The federal market: Is competition in the eye of the beholder?

Roger Waldron explained how the changing levels of market concentration and competition affect innovation in federal agencies. “The Section 809 Panel, seeking to navigate the identification of opportunities to streamline processes and reduce regulatory burdens to increase access to innovation, must be sensitive to avoiding purported solutions that would undermine the very competition underpinning the government market.”

Read the whole story here.


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