This paper/chapter, presented at the Thomson Reuters Government Contracts Year in Review Conference (covering 2020), attempts to identify the key evolving trends and issues in U.S. federal procurement for 2020-2021 and beyond. Consistent with prior practice, this chapter offers extensive coverage of the federal procurement (and grant) and defense spending trends and attempts to predict what lies ahead, particularly with regard to legislative and executive activity. This year's paper discusses, among other things, special emergency procurement authorities deployed during the coronavirus pandemic, the high degree of uncertainty currently being experienced in the public procurement sphere as the Biden administration begins, results from the biennial acquisition policy survey, human capital and the acquisition workforce, infrastructure, sustainable procurement, and other potential trends.
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Thomson Reuters Government Contracts Year in Review - Covering 2020 - Conference Briefs (Thomson Reuters, 2021)