This paper, presented at the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference (covering 2015), attempts to identify the key trends and issues in U.S. federal procurement. Consistent with prior practice, this chapter offers extensive coverage of the federal procurement, grant, and defense spending trends and attempts to predict what lies ahead, particularly with regard to legislative and executive activity. The paper discusses, in addition to the macro-level data, initiatives from OFPP and DoD, including the Better Buying Power 3.0's less-than-obvious focus on innovation, the need for investment in research and development, information technology and category management, acquisition performance measurement (or metrics), and cost drivers.
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Schooner, Steven L. and Couture, Neal J., Emerging Policy and Practice Issues (2016) (2016). GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2016-5; West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference Covering 2015 Conference Briefs, Thomson Reuters, 2016 ; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2016-5; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-5. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2742389