This paper/chapter, presented at the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference (covering 2017), 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. The paper discusses, in addition to a deep dive into the spending data, the surprisingly slow pace of acquisition regulation promulgation, lack of progress with regard to infrastructure, changes to DoD's acquisition leadership and the USD(AT&L) reorganization, the OFPP leadership vacuum, outsourcing of portions of the DCAA audit function, the RAND Bid Protest report, post-award contract administration, and other potential trends.
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GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-06; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-06
Schooner, Steven L. and Berteau, David J., Emerging Policy and Practice Issues (2018) (2018). GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-06; West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference - Covering 2017 - Conference Briefs (Thomson Reuters, 2018); GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-06; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3134857