Fiscal 2019 Federal Contracting Playbook

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GSA Forges Ahead With Commercial E-Commerce Plan

The General Services Administration is pushing forward a plan that could enable government contracting officials to start buying everyday products more easily using online marketplaces run by companies like Amazon.com Inc. or Walmart Inc. Critics say this will enable agencies to bypass federal acquisition regulations and will adversely affect competition.

  • Postal Service Prepares to Splash Out Big Bucks for Mail Trucks

    The U.S. Postal Service, struggling to stem billions of dollars in losses, is drawing close to a decision on a massive new contract to replace its aging mail trucks.

  • GSA Planning New Governmentwide Contract for Unmanned Vehicles

    The General Services Administration is considering creating a governmentwide contracting vehicle for services related to manned and unmanned systems, potentially consolidating billions of dollars annually that now flow through hundreds of contracts.

  • Federal Contract Spending Trends: Five Years in Five Charts

    Contract spending has grown by almost 6 percent per year over the past five years as federal agencies relied increasingly on governmentwide contract vehicles and simplified acquisition procedures. Bloomberg Government has identified five important spending trends that developed from fiscal 2014 through 2018.

  • Pentagon Seeks Agile Fix for Federal Security Clearance Backlog

    The current backlog of security clearance applications has prompted the Defense Department to seek out industry partners skilled in Agile development methods.

  • A Closer Look at the Pentagon’s $2 Billion a Year OTA Pipeline

    The U.S. Department of Defense has 150 active “other transaction” agreements, or OTAs, on its books, which combined have generated $5.8 billion in spending to date, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis.

  • Pentagon Whiffed on Spending $28 Billion as Time Ran Out

    The Defense Department lost out on $28 billion at the end of fiscal 2018 because it let authority to spend the funds expire, according to a report by its inspector general on results of the Pentagon’s first-ever audit.

  • Five Takeaways from GAO’s JEDI Decision Denying Oracle

    Security risks and concerns about excessive complexity were among the factors leading the Pentagon to choose a single-award contract for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, a Government Accountability Office ruling reveals.

  • DISA Seeks Network Upgrades Ahead of Pentagon’s Cloud Move

    The Defense Information Systems Agency is planning major upgrades to the Pentagon’s classified and unclassified networks.

  • Air Force Taps GSA to Fast-Track Cloud Platform Buy

    The Air Force is partnering with the General Services Administration on a fast-track buying procedure to acquire a cloud-based development platform for artificial intelligence and “internet of things” applications.

  • GSA Forges Ahead With Commercial E-Commerce Plan

    The General Services Administration is pushing forward a plan that could enable government contracting officials to start buying everyday products more easily using online marketplaces run by companies like Amazon.com Inc. or Walmart Inc. Critics say this will enable agencies to bypass federal acquisition regulations and will adversely affect competition.

  • Fiscal 2019 government contracting playbook

    With budget stability continuing in fiscal 2019, federal acquisition will continue to address systemic policy and process challenges.

  • Europe Is Top Destination for U.S. Arms Sales in Fiscal 2018

    European countries were the top customers for proposed foreign arms sales by U.S. defense companies in fiscal 2018, according to the latest update of Bloomberg Government’s Foreign Military Sales Dashboard.

  • What IBM’s $34B Red Hat Deal Means for Federal IT

    Buying Red Hat will make IBM “the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider,” according to a statement from chair and chief executive officer Ginni Rometty.

  • DISA Releases $6.5 Billion IT Final Request for Proposal: Top 20

    The Defense Information Systems Agency released a final request for proposal on Oct. 11 for a 10-year $6.5 billion single-award contract known as Global Solutions Management – Operations II (GSM-O II).