Federal IT spending to plateau for next 5 years

October 22, 2013 by

Total known and unclassified federal information technology spending will  hover around $70 billion annually through fiscal 2019 when measured in today’s  dollars, predicts the TechAmerica Foundation in its annual near-term forecast.

The forecast, based on federal budget data and interviews with federal IT  executives, assumes an overall discretionary topline lower than the Office of  Management and Budget’s projections but slightly greater in out-years than  Budget Control Act caps. TechAmerica Foundation conducted the research before  the House of Representatives reached an impasse with present year funding bills and so doesn’t take into account the government  shutdown, now in its third week. The foundation is the nonprofit arm of  technology firm lobbying group TechAmerica.

For fiscal 2014, the research finds (.pdf) that IT spending will add up to $70 billion, down considerably from the $86 billion (adjusted for inflation to be in today’s dollars) spent during  fiscal 2009. This year’s figure will stay more or less steady through fiscal  2009, when it’ll reach $72.2 billion in constant dollars, or $78.5 billion in a  number unadjusted for inflation.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/federal-it-spending-plateau-next-5-years-says-techamerica-foundation/2013-10-15

 

Pentagon contracting surged before shutdown

October 21, 2013 by

The U.S. Defense Department awarded several hundred contracts last month in a fiscal year-end surge of activity as officials raced to ink deals before the government shutdown.

The Pentagon in September announced almost 730 awards potentially worth about $47 billion, according to a Military​.com analysis of the Pentagon’s daily contract announcements.

The value doesn’t include tens of billions of dollars in previously announced Army alternative-energy contracts, or reflect what is actually spent, or obligated, because many deals are only partially funded at first.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2013/10/11/pentagon-contracting-surged-before-shutdown/ 

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Federal contractors’ pain won’t vanish after shutdown ends

October 18, 2013 by

The U.S. government shutdown may hurt contractors long after Congress and President Barack Obama find a way to open federal offices and resolve the debt ceiling dispute.

Federal agencies award more than $500 billion a year, or a rough average of $1.4 billion a day, to tens of thousands of contractors. With each day of the partial shutdown, the pipeline gets more clogged by late payments, halted work and canceled solicitations for new contracts. That bottleneck may affect contractors’ fourth-quarter results.

“Even if the government suddenly opens for business, we can’t expect everything to get back to normal right away,” said Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, a McLean, Virginia-based consulting company. “This is going to be a wave that makes its way through the government’s operational infrastructure probably at least until the end of the calendar year.”

If the shutdown continues through the end of the week, it will be difficult for big contractors to make up for lost revenue before the end of the year, said Michael Lewis, managing director at McLean, Virginia-based Silverline Group LLC, a strategic consulting firm for aerospace and defense.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-09/federal-contractors-pain-won-t-vanish-after-shutdown-end.html.

Janitorial supply and maintenance equipment contract opportunities designated for GSA Schedule-holders

October 17, 2013 by

The General Services Administration (GSA) has just announced two contract opportunities for bulk purchases, one for janitorial supplies and the other for maintenance equipment.

If you are a GSA Schedule contractor, these opportunities may be of interest to you.  In order to bid on the janitorial supplies contract, you must be an existing holder of a GSA Schedule contract in categories 51V, 73 or 75.  In order to bid on the maintenance equipment contract, you must hold GSA Schedule 51V.

These new opportunities are part of GSA’s “strategic sourcing initiative” whereby multiple Government agencies agree to pool their contracting needs in certain categories of purchasing.  The two solicitations now open for bid involve products that cost the Government more than $1 billion annually, and GSA estimates that strategic sourcing will reduce the Government’s costs by 10-20 percent.

The departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force have committed to use GSA’s strategic sourcing solution for janitorial and sanitation supplies, as did the Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Treasury and Energy departments, and others.  Many of those departments also committed to the other solution GSA announced — the one for maintenance, repair and operations supplies.

GSA will issue blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) to multiple contractors under both of these solicitations.  Under BPAs, agencies can repeatedly buy the same supplies or services from a contractor without having to redo the procurement process each time.

For both the janitorial and maintenance solicitations, GSA says it is reserving a majority of the awards for small businesses and service-disabled-veteran-owned small businesses.

You can find the solicitations posted as follows:

* RFQ for janitorial and sanitation – https://interact.gsa.gov/node/62442

* RFQ for maintenance, repair and operations – https://interact.gsa.gov/blog/request-quote-rfq-issued-fssi-mro

Right now, the deadline for responses to these solicitations is Nov. 12, 2013, although you should always check the web sites listed above for any changes.

Questions about either of these solicitations are due not later than Oct. 22, 2013. For questions regarding the janitorial/sanitation RFQ or attachments, contact JoAnn Stanley at vog.asgnull@yelnats.nnaoj and Steve Nieswiadomy at vog.asgnull@ymodaiwsein.evets.  For questions regarding the maintenance equipment RFQ or attachments, please contact Glenda Lambert at vog.asgnull@trebmal.adnelg and Shaun Hankton at vog.asgnull@notknah.nuahs.

FY14′s top contracts will see growth

October 16, 2013 by

The government’s largest contracts slated for release this fiscal year will be significantly larger than previous years, according to a new analysis.

The top 20 contract opportunities represent a combined potential business worth $160 billion over the contracts’ lifetime, or a 74 percent increase over the $92 billion value of last year’s top contracts, according to a new report by market research firm Deltek.

Request for proposals are expected to start rolling out in January, which should provide some breathing room for agencies to recover from the partial shutdown, said Jennifer Sakole, principal analyst for federal information services at Deltek. Whether contracts will be immune to impacts of the shutdown is unclear, but so far agencies haven’t announced plans to cancel or postpone these contracts.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20131009/ACQUISITION/310090010/2014-s-top-contracts-see-growth 

Shutdown begins to affect contractors

October 14, 2013 by

Beyond the financial pinch of stalled contracts and delayed payments, federal IT contractors are beginning to face hiring and regulatory compliance issues as the partial government shutdown wears on.

Shuttered online services at Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) and the Commerce Department, for instance, are on TechAmerica’s list of top shutdown-related problems.

E-Verify — the service that allows employers to confirm eligibility to work in the U.S. for new hires via I-9 employment forms — won’t be available until CIS gets its funding restored. E-Verify is the only operation at CIS funded by an appropriation.

Keep reading this article at: http://fcw.com/Articles/2013/10/08/shutdown-affects-contractors.aspx?Page=1 

Government may not reopen until debt limit solved

October 11, 2013 by

Many political observers predict the government shutdown will continue until  the separate debt ceiling crisis is resolved, meaning the government is unlikely  to open until Oct. 18.

As the government continues into day 7 of the shutdown over a temprorary  spending bill to fund the government, House Republicans and aren’t budging from  tying the bill to additional concessions from Democrats, although it remains  unclear exactly what they could be, given Obama’s insistence that he will not  undermine the Affordable Care Act.

“We’re not going to be disrespected,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman, (R-Ind.), is  quoted as saying Oct 3. by the  Washington Examiner. ”We have to get something out of this. And I don’t  know what that even is.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) repeatedly said Sunday on ABC’s “The Week” he wants a conversation with Obama. In fact he said  the word conversation 22 times on the show.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.fiercegovernment.com/story/government-may-not-reopen-until-debt-limit-agreement-reached/2013-10-07

DoD acquisition staff back to work, they just can’t buy anything

October 10, 2013 by

The Pentagon has recalled 90 percent of the 350,000 civilians furloughed last week, including acquisition, contracts and logistics personnel.

But, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made clear in his recall memo, due to the fact that the Pentagon doesn’t currently have an appropriations bill, those folks don’t have any money to buy stuff.

The Pentagon brought back most of the furloughed civilians based on an interpretation of the quickly written Pay Our Military Act, signed by President Obama on Sept. 30. The law says furloughs don’t apply to civilian employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.defenseone.com/management/2013/10/dod-acquisitions-staff-back-work-they-just-cant-buy-anything/71483

Debt ceiling fight will imperil defense spending

October 9, 2013 by

In the week following the US government shutdown, tea party Republicans are now poised for a new attack on federal spending as lawmakers and the White House battle over the nation’s borrowing limit.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has put Congress on notice: The United States will hit its borrowing ceiling on Oct. 17. Far-right House Republicans have been salivating for a debt-ceiling fight for months, eager to take on what the chamber’s top Republican calls “Washington’s spending problem.”

A dramatic few weeks of political wrangling that led to a government shutdown saw House Republicans go after President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. And while it’s likely they will take that fight to a coming debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling, House GOP leaders and rank-and-file members also want more spending reductions.

“On the debt limit, we’re going to introduce a plan that ties important spending cuts and pro-growth reforms to a debt-limit increase,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who many in Washington view as being driven by the tea party wing of his caucus.

Keep reading this article at: http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20131007/AGENCY01/310070010/Debt-ceiling-fight-will-imperil-defense-spending

Contractors start to feel the shutdown pain

October 8, 2013 by

As the government shutdown drags on, contractors both large and small are raising alarms about ripple effects on their workforces and cash flow that threaten to worsen if the budget stalemate continues.

The Aerospace Industries Association on Thursday called on Congress to accelerate the process toward a solution or risk private-sector furloughs and certification delays that could wreak havoc on schedules for aircraft delivery and space launches.

“A number of our member companies have notified us that if this shutdown continues — which is affecting all of the Defense Department’s functions involved in contracting – they will be forced to furlough tens of thousands of workers,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey in a statement. “The most immediate concern is the absence of Defense Contract Management Agency inspectors…..required to audit and approve parts and operations throughout the manufacturing process for military products. The manufacturing process must stop if these inspections and certifications are not performed, choking off the flow of new equipment to our armed forces.”

Keep reading this article at: http://www.govexec.com/contracting/2013/10/contractors-start-feel-shutdown-pain/71356