This Week in Federal Contracting – December 4, 2017

This Week in Federal Contracting – December 4, 2017

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

  • Senate Appropriations Committee’s focus on cybersecurity for the DHS
  • OPM’s push to update and streamline their HR IT practices
  • DoD’s ongoing struggles with acquisition and contract management

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

Senate appropriators ramp up cyber at DHS

Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee releases a draft funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that tackled existing cybersecurity and technology issues facing the DHS. According to FCW, “The National Protection and Programs Directorate comes in for $700 million for cybersecurity operations for 2018 — a boost of approximately $27 million over 2017 levels — out of a total $1.4 billion budget.”

This increasing emphasis on cybersecurity and technological updates presents huge opportunities for federal contractors that have the flexibility and innovative approach of the private sector.

Read the whole story here.


OPM wants to kill off the HR IT Frankenstein monster

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a new human capital business reference model (HCBRM) last month to “simplify how agencies and vendors alike view the operational functions, policy ownership and common structures as part of a plan to better align HR operations, finance and acquisition,” according to Jason Miller of Federal News Radio.

“The HCBRM delivers value because it provides the framework to help streamline, standardize and simplify HR operations for practitioners and employees alike,” OPM acting Director Kathy McGettigan said in a statement. “The potential benefit of this transparency can have a long-lasting impact across the government.”

Read the whole story here.


Contracting, Security, Financial Management Listed as Top DoD Challenges

Acquisition and contract management, among other things, remains a top challenge for the Department of Defense (DoD), according to the latest IG compilation. Personnel with the right skill sets and budget continue to be pressing concerns that cause large hurdles for the agency.

It was stated in the report that, “Although Congress and the DoD have initiated reforms designed to improve the acquisition of major weapon systems, many DoD programs fall short of cost, schedule, and performance expectations. As a result, the DoD regularly pays more than anticipated, buys less than expected, and in some cases, delivers less capability than its contracts require.”

Read the whole story here.