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This paper, presented at the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference (covering 2016), attempts to identify the key trends and issues in U.S. federal procurement for 2017. 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 (which, this year, was highlighted by the (unexpected) inauguration of the Trump administration). The paper discusses, in addition to data, changes to OFPP and DoD leadership and the likely conclusion of the Defense Department Better Buying Power Initiative, and other potential trends.

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GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2017-7; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-7

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