This Week in Federal Contracting – December 18, 2017

This Week in Federal Contracting – December 18, 2017

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

  • Growth in opportunity for IT contractors in the public sector
  • The DoD’s new DIUx program’s effect on federal acquisition
  • Increases in cloud computing contracts

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

New defense budget could result in windfall for D.C.-area IT contractors

The newly signed 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes a total of nearly $700 billion in defense spending, especially with regards to new technology improvements across agencies. According to a recent article from Robert Terry at the Washington Business Journal, “This fund will be used by agencies across the federal government to update aging IT systems and will undergird one of the biggest stories in government contracting in 2018, according to Dan Helfrich, federal government services leader with Deloitte Consulting LLP.”

This builds on the growing opportunities for IT contractors in the government space. It’s apparent that one key federal spending focus is on IT modernization and it’s only growing.

Read the whole story here.


DoD looks to DIUx for the future of acquisition

In an effort to fix the brutally outdated acquisition process in the federal government, the Department of Defense (DoD) is investing resources in the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx).

In a recent article on FCW, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics Ellen Lord  is said to have stated that the DIUx is a “shining example of how the DoD should be tackling acquisitions reform and is hoping to scale up the organization’s successes, reducing procurement times and ideally saving a lot of money.”

Read the whole story here.


7 years after cloud-first policy, agencies turns up speed to adoption

While “cloud-first” has been an initiative in action for about seven years, just recently the public sector has been taking more aggressive action to push that initiative forward. According to recent data shared by Bloomberg Government, spending on cloud computing across six of the largest federal contracts has grown from just under $100 million in 2013 to nearly $2 billion in 2017.

Jason Miller at Federal News Radio reported, “That demand to transform, modernize and upgrade mission and commodity IT functions is coming through in the dozen different acquisition actions over the last few months.”

Read the whole story here.