2018 Top 100 highlights a growing market

For the second year in a row, a new company holds the No. 1 spot on the annual Washington Technology Top 100.

Last year, Leidos unseated Lockheed Martin after a 22-year run. But this year, Leidos is pushed aside by General Dynamics with Leidos dropping one position to No. 2.

The rise of both Leidos and GD in the rankings is thanks in large part to transformational acquisitions the companies completed. Leidos acquired Lockheed Martin’s IT business in 2016. And GD acquired CSRA earlier this year.

But those deals are about more than just the companies involved. They point toward a market that is undergoing a fundamental change.

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Military not giving small business subcontractors a fair shake, DoD IG says

The military services are not giving small businesses a fair shake when it comes to awarding contracts.

The Defense Department Inspector General Office unearthed some disturbing trends over the past few years for small business owners trying to do business with the military.

“We’ve done five different audits,” said Michael J. Roark, assistant inspector general for readiness and global operations at DoD IG, while testifying before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce on May 17. “The consistent challenges contracting officials face is monitoring prime contractors’ compliance with individual subcontracting plans and determining why individual contractors with subcontracting plans did not meet their small business subcontracting goals.”

Two of the DoD IG audits were performed on the Marine Corps, two others were on the Air Force and the final on the Army.

NIST Revises Intellectual Property Rights Offered to Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government Owned Inventions

Patent Intellectual Property (collectively, “IP”) rights represent a significant element of many government contracts, including those for research and development, whether by commercial, non-profit or educational institutions. But did you know that if you develop a subject invention through the use of federal monies (whether in whole or part), the Government gains certain IP rights? As discussed in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FAR”) Part 27 (48 C.F.R. Part 27), at the very least the Government may (with certain exceptions) gain a fully-paid up license in the IP. This is if the proper and timely reporting of the creation of an invention is made to the relevant agency by the inventor. Failure to timely provide that reporting may result in the inventor losing its patent rights and the IP rights transferring to the Government.

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New OFPP strategy targets 13 percent reduction of duplicative contracts by 2020

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has been trying to solve contract duplication for almost a decade.

OFPP required agencies to justify new multiple award contracts by submitting business cases. That had limited success.

OFPP tried to create catalogs of existing contracts so agencies could see what was out there first before going down the path of a new contract. That had even less success.

Now OFPP is trying to use category management and its subcategory best-in-class contracts to shrink the number of technology, professional services, transportation and logistics and seven other categories where the number of MACs has grown and grown for decades.

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Federal Acquisition Regulation: Duties of Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization


Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


Final rule.


DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to reflect sections of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which amend section 15(k) of the Small Business Act to provide additional duties for agencies’ Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), and for DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP).

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2018 Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories

2018 Small Business Profiles

The Small Business Profiles are an annual portrait of each state’s small businesses. They gather the latest federal data into state-by-state snapshots of small business health and economic activity. Limited economic data is also provided for the U.S. territories.

This year’s profiles report on state economic growth and employment. They also answer the questions:

  • How many small businesses are in my state?
  • How many jobs do they create?
  • Which industries have the most small businesses and small business jobs?
  • How many establishments opened and closed?
  • How many small businesses export, and how much?
  • Which counties have the most small business employment?

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