A solid article by Steve Charles in Washington Technology, discusses the “new realities” of government contracting. Some of the more interesting points include:
- A greater preference for firm, fixed-price contracts
- More scrutiny surrounding the use of interagency contracts requiring written justification that the vehicle chosen is the “best procurement approach” of all available interagency contracts
- Greater focus on shared technologies, infrastructures and commodity purchases
- Movement towards mobility and teleworking
We concur with all of these points. Most of these trends are in line with what is happening in the private sector as well. Technology is driving many of these things as access, sharing, mobility, security, and other related trends converge.
What do you think? What trends are missing from this list? We’d love to hear from you.