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Contractors should prepare now for government shutdown, debt ceiling breach

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With so much on Congress’ plate when its members come back from recess, fears of another government shutdown loom once again. And with statements from key administration officials, it seems this year’s budget debate will be even more fierce than years past.

To help contractors understand and prepare, David Berteau, John Cooney, and Alan Chvotkin spoke during the Professional Services Council webinar entitled “Government Shutdown? Debt Ceiling Breach? Are You Prepared?”

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Govcon group asks OMB to reinstate some agency reporting requirements | FederalTimes

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In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the Professional Services Council made some suggested revisions to clarify OMB’s memo on eliminating agency reporting.

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Federal contractors confident after post-election uncertainty, says survey | Federal Times

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A government contractor confidence index compiled from a survey by government business intelligence company Onvia finds positive outlooks on future growth and the overall economy, especially among the tech sector.

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Trump ‘s executive order aims to rein in foreign contractor spending | Federal Times

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The White House previewed an executive order it says will boost manufacturing and skilled labor at home.

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GAO: Defense contracting down, civilian agencies steady over 5 years | Federal Times

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A Government Accountability Office analysis of governmentwide contracting data looked at the trends in federal agency discretionary spending between the years 2011 and 2015.

Source: GAO: Defense contracting down, civilian agencies steady over 5 years

Pair charged in an $18.3M ‘Rent-a-Vet’ contractor scheme | Federal Times

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A DoD employee allegedly funneled millions in veteran-business contracts through a shell company.

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Analyst: Trump administration could enrich contractors, not customer experience | Federal Times

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A report by Forrester Research analyst Rick Parrish extrapolates challenges that customer-centric government could face based on the Trump administration’s private sector-focused, anti-regulatory promises and appointments to date.

Source: Analyst: Trump administration could enrich contractors, not customer experience

4 Takeaways from GSA’s Shared Services Day | Federal Times

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GSA’s industry day marking the first year of USSM touts shared services’ progress and future.

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How GSA is making category management work for acquisition | Federal Times

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Director of Category Management Strategic Execution Steven Krauss, talks about the future of acquisition.

Source: How GSA is making category management work for acquisition

GSA unveils playbook for legacy IT migration | Federal Times

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The shared services branch of the GSA has a plan for agencies looking to cast off their legacy IT systems.

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