This Week in Federal Contracting – January 15, 2018

This Week in Federal Contracting – January 15, 2018

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

  • Trends from Onvia for government contractors to keep in mind at a state and local level
  • NDAA purchasing rules allowing easier government acquisition among small businesses
  • AI’s role in streamlining the federal acquisition process

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

4 Government Contracting Insights to Prepare You for Success in 2018

Onvia’s market research team compiled a list of insights for government contractors to keep in mind with regards to pursuing contracts this year. According to their blog, “The report combines statistical analysis with expert viewpoints to provide a comprehensive view of state, local and education contracting for 2018. It also calls out several tips for sales and marketing professionals who want to get a jump start on their year by mastering the markets they sell to.”

A couple of the trends they look at include the expected slow, continued growth of spending in local government and fluctuation in education bids and RFPs in coming years.

Read the whole report here.


New NDAA purchasing rules should benefit government shoppers, small business

According to a recent article on Federal News Radio by Terry Wing, “The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) rules governing the acquisition of commercial items should give those making relatively small purchases more choices, and small businesses more hope for getting a piece of the federal spending pie.”

The looser restrictions that come with smaller federal purchases allow the federal government to take advantage of more innovative commercial products more easily by working with smaller businesses.

Read the whole story here.


Can AI help simplify federal acquisition?

In a recent article by Chase Gunter on FCW, he explored the potential application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the federal acquisition world. He wrote, “For all the mystery still surrounding the future of artificial intelligence, some early governmental uses could help federal workers and contractors navigate acquisition regulations to make federal purchasing less complex.” He cited a pilot program currently deployed by the Air Force as a “test case for making contracting quicker and more efficient.”

Read the whole story here.