This Week in Federal Contracting – January 22, 2018

This Week in Federal Contracting – January 22, 2018

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

  • The effects of the 2013 government shutdown on the federal contracting community
  • Top IT contracting vehicles of 2018
  • Michael Griffin’s efforts to amend acquisition struggles in the DoD

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

What Happened at the Defense Department During the 2013 Shutdown

Marcus Weisgerber at Government Executive recaps the 2013 government shutdown and how it affected the defense contracting community. He reported, “While the military remained on duty, most Pentagon civilians were initially furloughed… Then Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recalled most of Pentagon civilians a few days into the shutdown, and Lockheed dropped its number of employees impacted to 2,400…”

Because many of the same issues are currently behind government gridlock, Weisgerber thought this recap would do the existing contracting community a service.

Read the whole story here.

Matt Hummer: Top IT contracting vehicles for 2018

Matt Hummer, director of analytics and professional services at Govini, spoke with Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin about the top vehicles in 2018 for IT contractors. “Regardless of the budget situation, the government has to spend a lot of money just to keep going. Modernizing systems, adding digital services, consolidating data centers, all require contracting,” stated Federal News Radio on the interview.

Read the whole story here.

DoD innovation chief nominee puts weight behind DIUx, wants to bridge ‘valley of death’

In an effort to push forward faster acquisition and promote innovation, Michael Griffin, the first ever defense undersecretary for research and engineering, is saying he would stand by some Obama era efforts to “to court companies that don’t traditionally work with DoD,” according to a recent Federal News Radio article by Scott Maucione.

Maucione reported, “Griffin pledged to bridge the so-called ‘valley of death’ between technology development and actual product production.”

Read the whole story here.