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Focus on the Future: 3 Coming Changes in Government Contracting

As 2016 quickly approaches, the reality of new and emerging changes in government contracting becomes increasingly important to plan for.

The government and individual agencies are identifying the most effective ways to update and improve government contracting for the future. Here are three changes to expect for 2016:

1. Updated Acquisition Strategies and a Focus on Customer Satisfaction

According to Bloomberg Government, agencies will have to change their acquisition strategies, citing the need to “shake up the status quo.” Blogger Steve Kelman seems to be in agreement in a recent post to his blog “The Lectern.”

Kelman sees evaluating past performance for customer satisfaction as a new change to acquisition strategies. Kelman believes that revising the ability of a contractor to appeal a bad rating as opposed to entering the company’s view in the contract file is an important and necessary regulatory change. In fact, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy has considered this change in the past.

2. IT Evolves as the Cloud Continues to Grow

In 2016, the evolution of IT capabilities will continue. As the government begins to create more IT subject matter experts (SMEs), the demand for different IT professions and tools will increase. Mark Abel, CEO of Castlemar, sees the continued embrace of cloud computing.

In his recent column in the WashingtonExec E-magazine, Abel stresses the value of cloud computing by allowing the customer to invest time in “core mission work” as opposed to complex IT resources. Kelman agrees with Abel, saying that being able to do IT capabilities in quick spurts is much easier than in one “big bang that often never happens.”

3. Small Business Contracts Take Center Stage

There is an expected increase in small-business set-asides. Bloomberg Government reports that billions of dollars in prime contract awards will shift to small businesses, and mid-sized companies will be squeezed as they struggle to compete with bigger companies and are shut out of set-asides.

Additionally, Bloomberg Government believes this boom will continue to grow as it has since fiscal 2014, when contracts from pre-2010 came up for recompete. Small business contract awards accounted for one-fourth of the federal contracts awarded in 2014, according to Abel. This number is predicated to grow in the coming years.

As 2015 comes to an end, planning for 2016 is in full effect across the government contracting industry. From improvements and changes to new policies and procedures, these predictions are worth the consideration to help your company continue to evolve as you serve the federal market.