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4 Key Trends to Watch in Government Contracting in 2020—Business Growth Starts Here

Government Contacts

Understanding the government contracting landscape and which trends to watch will help you position your business to take advantage of emerging services and keep up with the industry. As you work to develop a long-term strategy for business growth, staying ahead of your competition requires analyzing and predicting these trends.

In addition to keeping up with industry news, looking ahead to FY2020 and anticipating government spending will pay off down the road. This article discusses four trends in federal government spending you will want to watch closely.

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Creative Solutions, Not Price, Should Drive Government Awards

Cyber-Security

Congress and DOD Address the Roles Cybersecurity and Price Play in Evaluating Defense Contracts

On August 1, 2018, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) - clearly defining the role Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) will play in evaluating cybersecurity or IT contract proposals. By passing the NDAA, Congress publicly backed concerns put forward by industry trade groups; namely, that placing too much value on a proposal’s price creates an environment in which contractors build their bids around LPTA, sometimes at the expense of presenting the best solution. Although fiscal responsibility remains an important consideration when evaluating bids for federal contracts, relying on LPTA as the deciding factor in the decision making process can prevent the government from getting the most value over the duration of a project. After all, no one really wants to fly in a plane built by the lowest bidder!

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