A mix of budget uncertainty and the use-it-or-lose-it nature of federal funding leads to a spending rush at the end of the fiscal year at many agencies. The realities of the contracting process and stipulations under the federal acquisition regulation can make this a daunting time for vendors and contracting shops, alike.
During a panel discussion at the annual 930Gov end-of-year conference, Casey Kelley, director of the General Services Administration’s Alliant GWAC, said agencies should plan for this months before the fourth quarter arrives. When that’s not possible, it’s important to have strong relationships with internal contracting shops, as well as GWACs and other government buyers, he said.
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