This Week in Federal Contracting – November 13, 2017

This Week in Federal Contracting – November 13, 2017

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

  • Staffing increases in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Thoughts from the GPU Technology Conference about startups and the federal government working together
  • How the Drug Free Workplace Act applies to federal contractors
  • The Census Bureau’s delayed IT contracts

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

US Immigration Enforcement Agency Seeks to Double in Size by 2023

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is considering doubling the agency’s workforce size by 2023 to around 46,000 employees. A recent Request for Information (RFI) sent out by ICE asks the private sector for its thoughts on the staffing change and how to facilitate staffing needs rapidly. The increase will likely create opportunities for federal contracting professionals.

According to a recent article from VOA, “ICE will need about 200 more people who work in human resources to keep up with the hiring process for so many new employees.”

Read the whole story here.


Working with the government can be slow and challenging. Why should startups even bother?

At the GPU Technology Conference earlier this month, government and startup thought leaders including the CIA, NSA and Orbital Insight discussed the importance of partnerships between the federal government and the startup community, despite large hurdles or deterrents. In a recent article on FedScoop, Tajha Chappellet-Lanier shared takeaways from the discussion.

Chappellet-Lanier reported, “Dawn Myerriecks, deputy director for science and technology at the CIA, proposed a very succinct answer to why startups do — and should — seek to work with the federal government: ‘we bring really good problem sets.’”

Read the whole story here.


4 things for federal contractors to remember about the Drug Free Workplace Act

As more and more states begin to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use, it’s important to remember that the Drug Free Workplace Act still applies to federal contracting companies that receive a contract of $100,000 and organizations that receive a federal grant of any size.

Nicole Ogrysko at Federal News Radio shared four important items for federal contractors to keep in mind, especially if their state is one that has legalized medicinal or recreational marijuana. These items include: who it applies to, what contractors have to do, communication, and be truthful on security clearance forms.

Read the whole story here.


What Makes Government Contracting Different

Deltek’s Marc Holliday gave a thorough overview of federal contracting and how it differs from other contracting environments. He states, “As a Government Contractor, you’re competing in a complex and highly competitive market. The government is huge and has a complex structure that can be difficult to navigate.”

Holliday covers policy, budgeting, teaming, details about working with the GSA, and some of the ins and outs of federal buying.

Read the whole story here.