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This paper, presented at the West Government Contracts Year in Review Conference (covering 2012), attempts to identify the key trends and issues for 2013 in U.S. federal procurement. Budgetary and financial insecurity emerge as the most significant emerging issues in government contracting. Consistent with prior practice, this chapter offers extensive coverage of the federal procurement spending trend and attempts to predict what lies ahead. Among other things, it discusses the pending sequestration, procurement spending rates, agency purchasing data (particularly at the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State and the Agency for International Development), grants spending, outsourcing versus insourcing, the continued Defense Department Better Buying Power Initiative (now in version 2.0), the acquisition workforce, the PSC Acquisition Survey, and contractor fatalities.

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GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-38; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-38