Federal Analysis Feature for October: Procurement Innovation and Data Optimization

Posted by Nick Schiffler on October 25, 2018

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In this federal feature we highlight six recent pieces of unique analysis, complemented by information in the GovWin IQ platform. Included are research articles on innovative acquisition and procurement, the newest office established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and a look at how the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) is improving its usage and sharing of data.


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DHS's Newest Office Established to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction

As research analyst Tina Barton highlights, the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office is the most recent office created by the Department of Homeland Security. Her research reports the budget outlook for this office for FY 2019, the most common procurement methods used, and a historical review of the top types of services purchased – all of which could be useful to federal contractors looking to do business with the CWMD.

“Companies having an ability to collaborate and respond rapidly to government needs, holding a proven track record for agile team utilization, and a desire to partner with companies outside their typical network could gain a competitive edge in winning future contracts.”

HHS Striving to Better Use and Share Data

In mid-September, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its first report on the status of data sharing within the department. Senior Principal Research Analyst Angie Petty explored how the department is attempting to establish an enterprise-wide data strategy, and is moving towards a data-driven future in which they make policy decisions based on hard evidence.

“HHS’ analysis identified five challenges that need to be addressed as part of the department’s enterprise data governance strategy in order to fully capitalize on data within the department.”

Innovative Procurement: Commercial Solutions Openings and Other Transaction Agreements

Both the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security are both turning to new, unique methods of IT government contracting, writes GovWin Sr. Principal Research Analyst Alex Rossino. The usages of vehicles like the Other Transaction Authority (OTA) are transforming the process for IT and cybersecurity government contracts.

 “Should these procurement methods prove successful industry could see other civilian agencies requesting Other Transaction Authority for prototyping IT modernization projects. If they receive this authority it could significantly transform the federal IT market.”

U.S. CYBERCOM's Innovation and Acquisition Perspective

GovWin Federal Advisory Research Analyst John Slye attended the 9th Annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit to hear from a cross-section of the U.S. federal and international cyber-community, and he wrote about innovative measures being taken by the U.S. Cyber Command, as they attempt to find creative ways to engage industry, rapidly acquire new capabilities and best prepare the department for FY 2019 and beyond.

“The federal cyber market is changing in many ways. CYBERCOM (and other federal agencies) are working hard to add nimbleness to the development and acquisition of cyber tools and other offerings. Firms that can match that nimbleness with innovation and flexibility will stand to gain an advantage over others who approach this segment overly-wedded to traditional acquisition cycles and stove-piped solutions.”

A First Take on FY 2019 Budget “Minibuses”

The U.S. Congress has been moving forward on budget appropriations for FY 2019 at a rate faster than recent years GovWin’s analyst team wrote about why that is, and explored how Congress is moving forward “minibus” appropriations that provide funding for a number of different federal agencies.


“Rather than taking the common legislative approach of recent years of one or more Continuing Resolutions (CR) that take us well into the next fiscal year followed by a government-wide Omnibus for the remainder of the year, leaders in this Congress are moving forward three “minibus” appropriations bills that provide full-year funding for most agencies and sustaining operational funds for others.”

GAO Report Shows No Progress in the Use of Performance Information

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report showing that agencies’ usage of performance information to make decisions has not improved in the last five years. Angie Petty provided analysis of this report, exploring best practices and the ways that the GAO recommends agency managers should make program decisions.

“As agencies strive to make more decisions based on data and performance information, contractors may be required to provide more data in these areas, as well as be held accountable for their performance on contracts and programs, and their use of data for program decision making.” 

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