Duncan Amos

Deputy Director of Research

Duncan Amos is a Quantitative Analyst with Bloomberg Government. Previously, he was a quantitative research assistant at the RAND Corporation, where he focused on defense, mobility, finance and international development research. He graduated with his master’s in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University and holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from Duke University.

Blog posts

Pentagon overhaul of IT procurement to emphasize communication

If all goes according to plan, the Defense Department is a few weeks away from releasing new guidance on how it buys and builds business IT systems.

Five trends shaping federal contracts in fiscal 2017

After years of decline, government contracting may increase in fiscal 2017.

Civilian agencies increase share of federal spending

Civilian agencies increased their share of total federal spending to 38 percent in fiscal 2015, the largest share in 15 years.

Congress gets behind blockchain technology

Two congressmen have launched a bipartisan Congressional Blockchain Caucus, with the aim of advancing public policy related to blockchain-based technologies and digital currencies.

GSA proposes to shake up federal supply schedule

The General Services Administration is trying to make the Federal Supply Schedule more competitive with other indefinite-delivery/indefinite- quantity contract vehicles by proposing new procedures.

Contractors accidentally using counterfeit parts get protection

The Defense Department (DOD) issued a final rule Aug. 30 amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) that protects contractors from costs incurred when they accidentally use counterfeit electronic parts.

DHS is reviewing the use of private detention facilities

Following the Justice Department’s announcement that it would phase out the use of private prisons, the Homeland Security Department (DHS) announced it will also look into shuttering its private detention facilities.

Largest federal spending category in FY15: Knowledge-based services

Knowledge-based services, at $69.8 billion, remained the largest federal government spending category in fiscal 2015, according to the BGOV200, which ranks the top 200 federal contractors by prime, unclassified contract obligations.

Air Force seeks ways to ease foreign military sales

The Air Force is planning to increase training and personnel to accelerate foreign military sales (FMS).

$65 billion Alliant 2 receives first protest

Alliant 2, the General Services Administration’s information technology services mega-multiple-award contract, has received its first protest less than two months after the request for proposal (RFP) was released.