This Week in Federal Contracting – February 5, 2018

This Week in Federal Contracting – February 5, 2018

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

  • An in-depth look at what it’s like to be a federal contractor right now
  • Acquisition reform in the DHS
  • The first DoD acquisition reform panel

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

Why it’s a good time to be a federal contractor

Jason Miller at Federal News Radio interviews PV Puvvada, president of Unisys Federal, in his inaugural show of Views from the Corner Office. Miller speaks with Puvvada about the current state of the federal contracting market, the use of continuing resolutions, and federal procurement.

One of the challenges Puvvada touches on is the lack of budgetary guidelines. “It doesn’t really help not having a budget. The contracting officers have to spend a lot of their time doing modifications to get these incremental funding through continuing resolutions (CRs), and it turns up a lot of time, as well as our clients’, cannot focus on their long-term priorities,” he explains.

Read the whole interaction here.

Can DHS purchase innovation?

A recent reverse industry day hosted by the Department of Homeland Security cited an outdated and cumbersome federal acquisition process to be the root cause of slow federal innovation.

“Winning contracts has become more and more about being compliant with the RFP requirements and giving the lowest price, as opposed to taking some risk, providing innovation and proposing to you all what we believe would be the best answer to solve your problem,” Cos DiMaggio said, according to a recent article in FCW.

Read more industry leader insights and pain points here.

Expert panel takes first crack at reforming DoD acquisition system

According to a recent report of Federal News Radio by Jared Serbu, “The advisory panel Congress established to help streamline the Defense Department’s acquisition system said Wednesday that DoD should be allowed to eliminate more than a dozen different legally-mandated offices and positions within its bureaucracy, cease the annual publication of at least 20 reports to Congress that are of questionable value, and repeal 165 government-unique contract requirements as some of the first steps toward bringing more agility to the department’s procurement of goods and services.”

Read the whole story featuring panel takeaways here.