Contracting

Prepping for the government’s Q4 spending spree? We released a tool to help.

On average, almost one-third of all federal contract obligations are awarded in the fourth quarter. The spending trend has been incredibly consistent, with sequestration and political changes not leading to dramatic shifts in action in Q4.

Opportunity focus: Help preserve a legacy tape backup system

VA is retiring its old email backup service and tape libraries, and it needs a contractor to store as many as 60,000 data tapes held in 16 VA locations and provide access to their contents as needed for legal and other purposes.

Navy begins recompete of $1 billion training contract

The U.S. Navy is finalizing acquisition plans for Training Systems Contract IV, an up-to-nine-year, $1 billion multiple-award contract for noncommercial training systems, services, and content.

Air Force lays path to modernize HR system

A U.S. Air Force presolicitation seeking analysis of human resources and personnel systems could spur future opportunities for the agency to modernize and replace legacy systems.

Trump’s air traffic control privatization could upend contracts

President Donald Trump’s plan to privatize operations of the Federal Aviation Administration could upend activities for companies working on a $36 billion air-traffic control modernization program known as NextGen.

Costly Cutter, underfunding will strain Coast Guard procurement

The Coast Guard’s acquisition budget is underfunded and may force cutbacks and delays in its $12.1 billion Offshore Patrol Cutter program and other needed upgrades.

VA moving more data centers to the cloud

Perhaps aiming to improve its Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act “D” grade on data center consolidation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is searching for a vendor to transition the agency to the cloud and manage the services.

Contractor confidence a bright spot in an uncertain political environment

Survey results show that contractors, vendors and suppliers are betting that the economy will continue to grow, and agency budgets and spending will continue to improve.

Opportunity focus: Partner with the Army on aviation R&D

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center, hoping to accelerate aviation innovation, wants to find a partner to help it connect with small businesses.

Trump budget dead on arrival? Not for federal contractors

Every year, some pundits pronounce the president’s budget request dead on arrival. But for many contractors doing business with the government, the fate of major policy changes outlined in the request, such as tax cuts or health-care changes, are of less immediate importance than the discretionary budget.