This Week in Federal Contracting – February 12, 2018

This Week in Federal Contracting – February 12, 2018

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

  • Top growth sectors for state and local government in Q4 2017
  • Updates to the GSA’s procurement process
  • The Pentagon’s efforts to work with more secure contractors

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

Top State and Local Government Contracting Growth Industries for Q4 2017

Onvia recently shared an infographic detailing industries seeing the most growth in Q4 2017, signaling industries that will likely provide strong opportunities for government contractors. The industries included in the infographic are environmental sciences, financial services and insurance, water and energy, and professional business services.

According to Onvia’s overview of the findings, “The State & Local Procurement Snapshot for Q4 2017, the state, local and education (SLED) market surged ahead it the last quarter with an overall 5.5% year-over-year growth rate.”

Read the whole report here.

New GSA administrator seeks to shine light where the shadows of federal procurement live

Jason Miller at Federal News Radio spoke with GSA Administrator Emily Murphy about her ongoing efforts to make the procurement process in the GSA and the government as a whole more transparent.

Miller reported, “Since its inception, GSA’s schedules program has been hidden behind a wall where only vendors with a contract could see the solicitations and awards. The lack of transparency about what happens on those ‘members-only’ contracts has frustrated good government groups, the media and vendors who aren’t on the contracts, but may want to join.”

Listen to the whole conversation here.

Pentagon Warns CEOs: Protect Your Data or Lose Our Contracts

The Pentagon is urging federal contractors to better protect DoD data or risk losing business, according to a recent GovExec article by Marcus Weisgerber. With the bar being raised for data security, this could become a major differentiator for defense contractors in the future.

“The culture we need to get to is that we’re going to defend ourselves and that … we want the bar to be so high that it becomes a condition of doing business,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at an industry conference sponsored by the AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute.

Read the whole story here.