Congratulations to all the Wisconsin companies that are winning Federal Service Contracts!  We have had an increasing number of inquiries in recent months on some of the requirements of contracts that include clauses from FAR Part 22.  This would include (but is not limited to) service contracts for occupations such as food preparation, janitors, drivers, mechanics, security guards, administrative support, information technology, marketing, and health care. These clauses require contractor’s to comply with federal minimum wage, wage / benefit rate and other labor requirements.  If you are currently bidding on or are administering a Service Contract and need assistance in understanding these requirements, please contact Carol Murphy at carolm@wispro.org (Milwaukee) or David Olson at davido@wispro.org (Camp Douglas).

Get Ready for a Massive Government Spending Spree

A government spending spree of potentially historic proportions will play out over the final seven weeks of fiscal 2018, as federal agencies look to spend $140 billion more than they thought they’d get before Congress passed and President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill.

Without a budget agreement in place, agencies spent cautiously through the first two quarters of fiscal 2018 before the omnibus—signed six months late in March—obligated an additional $80 billion for defense and $63 billion for civilian agencies.

Federal agencies, now flush with cash, must obligate that money before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 or lose it to the Treasury Department. Analysts believe the federal market will see a monumental effort among procurement officials to spend as much on contracts as possible.

Continue reading: https://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2018/08/get-ready-massive-government-spending-spree/150360/

White House Sets Top Research & Development Priorities for 2020

The White House on Tuesday outlined the top research and development areas where it wants agencies to focus funds in fiscal 2020.

In a memo to agency leaders, the Office of Science and Technology Policy highlighted artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 5G broadband and national security technology among the Trump administration’s top R&D priorities as departments begin formulating their 2020 budget requests.

The White House would also like to see agencies investing heavily in space exploration, advanced manufacturing, clean energy, health care and agriculture, according to the memo.

Continue reading: https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2018/07/white-house-sets-top-research-development-priorities-2020/150182/

Faced with dearth of replacement part suppliers, Air Force aims to make itself more self-sufficient

The Air Force’s aircraft fleet is getting on in years. One problem with that is that replacement parts are becoming more expensive and more difficult to find, since many of the original manufacturers don’t even exist anymore. But the service is launching a two-year pilot project that may help solve the problem.

As a general matter, the vast majority of the dollars the military spends on large weapons systems has nothing to do with their upfront procurement costs: 70 percent of a program’s lifecycle expenses are connected to long-term sustainment, including spare parts and maintenance-related labor.

Listen to the full story at https://federalnewsradio.com/dod-reporters-notebook-jared-serbu/2018/07/faced-with-dearth-of-replacement-part-suppliers-air-force-aims-to-make-itself-more-self-sufficient/