This Week in Federal Contracting – November 6, 2017

This Week in Federal Contracting – November 6, 2017

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

  • Adjustments to Puerto Rican contracting regulations
  • The Professional Service Council’s 2018 federal contracting forecast
  • Commercial best practices shaping federal procurement priorities
  • The Census Bureau’s delayed IT contracts

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

Fiscal Control Board Toughens Contracting Rules for Puerto Rico

In an effort to get Puerto Rico’s debt under control, the financial board in charge of the matter voted to make it necessary for Puerto Rico’s government to get approval for any contracts costing over $10 million.

According to Suzanne Gamboa at NBC News, “The approval requirement applies to contracts or series of contracts that have an aggregate value of $10 million. It starts with contracts entered into Nov. 6 and after, said Natalie Jaresko, executive director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico.”

Read the whole story here.


PSC forecast: IT advancements are coming in 2018, but leadership uncertainty remains

The Professional Services Council (PSC) shared their 2017 Vision Federal Market Forecast, predicting what government spending looks like for federal contracting in 2018. It noted the continued growth and progress in IT modernization, but cited concerns about some uncertainties.

According to a recent article on FedScoop by Carten Cordell, “PSC officials noted that ongoing adoption of cloud services and the consolidation of agency data centers are advancing IT efficiencies, but continuing workforce challenges, coupled with agency reorganization efforts and a paucity of appointed officials, leave several question marks for industry stakeholders looking forward to 2018.”

Read the whole story here.


Procurement priorities take cues from commercial space

Mark Rockwell at FCW spoke with acting administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget Lesley Field about taking cues from commercial markets to shape federal procurement priorities.

Rockwell reported, “Those priorities include a desire to make the customer experience in obtaining the federal government’s unique services more akin to the efficient, capable experiences customers are used to in the commercial world.”

Read the whole story here.


Census delays IT contracts, plays catchup on systems

According to a recent article on FCW, “The Census Bureau announced on Oct. 27 that it has delayed two key IT contracts, but following a requested $3.3 billion funding increase, is catching up on IT systems development and critical communications efforts.”

The bureau has also been granted an “anomaly,” which allows for increased spending velocity into December and is meant to ensure the bureau stays the course into 2018 and build the necessary infrastructure for the 2020 census.

Read the whole story here.