Featured SLED Analysis for July: Five Government Contracting Trends from Last Month

Posted by Nick Schiffler on August 2, 2018

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In this featured article we highlight five recent pieces of analysis coming from the State and Local Market Analysis team, featuring articles from Research Analysts Melissa Mekhail, Kevin Cooper, and Brian Delmolino.

July was a busy month in state and local government contracting news. Our market analysis team covered a number of industry topics relevant to government contractors, including improvements to one state’s Medicaid strategy, a major blockchain technology contract signing, and the controversy over facial recognition and biometrics.

Kentucky’s New Take on Medicaid Expansion

Research Analyst Melissa Mekhail wrote about the release of a data analytics and enterprise data warehouse RFP by the State of Kentucky, aimed at leveraging funding to improve access to health, educational, and professional development resources that can help the state’s citizens. Other states may use this program as an example, she writes.

“…It is likely (states) will have a new set of business needs including but not limited to data analytics, eligibility systems, enrollment brokers, enterprise data warehouses, call centers, workforce training programs, and case management systems.”

Delaware Signs Major Blockchain Contract with IBM

The state of Delaware has renewed its interest in developing a new corporate filing system, says Research Analyst Brian Delmolino, by joining a slowly rising tech trend and signing a blockchain contract worth $738,000 with technology giant IBM.

“At this point, the use of blockchain is not especially widespread among state governments, but these cases show that the interest at least is there, and this situation will be worth monitoring to see if and when state governments do embrace the technology at a stronger level.”

A Look at Legislation from Virginia’s 2018 General Assembly

Delmolino reported on several key bills introduced during the 2018 session of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s General Assembly. These bills were relevant to a number of critical industry segments – one implemented requirements for providing a next-generation 911 service, and another added new focus on cybersecurity, data usage, and privacy.

“Although some bills… were left in committee, a few of those introduced have significance to contracting with the state government, and would be worth monitoring should they be revisited in the future.”

New Ways States are Investing in Election Security

The debate at the federal level over election security and voting concerns shows no sign of ending anytime soon, and at the state and local government level, election officials are turning to a number of different technologies like multi-factor authentication and advanced audits to bolster their security against cyberattacks, writes Delmolino.

“Election security is one of the most salient issues the country faces today, and it is clear that state government leaders have made this an area of focus, especially in the coming months before the midterm elections.”

Facial Recognition and Biometrics Technology Creating Growth, Concern

Facial recognition technology has become a major part of many different technologies at the state and local level, and the GovWin IQ platform is tracking several opportunities for these types of contracts, writes Research Analyst Kevin Cooper. But this has become a tricky topic as some groups have raised concerns about the technology potentially being used to violate citizens’ civil rights.

“Facial recognition has already logarithmically improved in its ability to distinguish faces in the past twenty years and will continue to have a profound impact on public safety in an increasingly interconnected world.”

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