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Weekly Roundup March 13 – March 17, 2017: A Busy Week For the Trump Administration, GSA Successes & More

Weekly Roundup

March 13 – March 17 2017

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

It’s been a busy week for the Trump administration, with further federal budget alterations, official appointments and executive orders. The changes implemented by President Trump and his administration will likely have a profound effect on the GovCon industry.

On March 16th, the Trump administration published a preliminary budget proposal for fiscal 2018, focusing on discretionary spending only. The proposal outlines many of the adjustments that President Trump would like to make to the federal government’s budget and spending. Trump’s desire to increase defense spending has been covered widely, and the proposal released on Thursday provides an outline of how the Trump administration plans to reconfigure the federal budget to allow for increased defense spending.

In order to reach President Trump’s targets of a $603 billion defense budget (a $54 billion, or 10%, increase), the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and bolstering school voucher programs, the administration will cut the discretionary funding of 19 executive departments and agencies. Of the 19 executive departments and agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department will experience the largest cuts, at -31%, -29% and -21% respectively.

On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed former senator Dan Coats as director of national intelligence. Coats, an inductee for the 2017 Wash100, will oversee the 16 agencies that comprise the U.S. Intelligence Community.

President Trump has also tapped Rob Joyce, head of the National Security Agency’s Tailored Access Operations division, to serve as the White House cyber coordinator. In this capacity, Joyce will oversee cybersecurity policies and federal initiatives.

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to merge function and cancel unnecessary agencies, components and programs as part of a government-wide reorganization effort. The executive order asks agencies to draft a reorganization plan and submit it to the Office of Management and Budget within 180 days. The OMB will send the final reorganization plan to Trump after evaluating public comments about the plan.

The policies and executive orders that the Trump administration proposed and executed this week could shrink the federal workforce to a size not seen since the end of the second World War.


Under the proposed fiscal 2018 budget, the GSA can expect an increase in their discretionary budget to the tune of $200 million. This increase would bring the total discretionary budget of the GSA to $500 million, which is a substantially larger amount than the GSA had access to under the Obama administration.

The GSA’s OASIS contract, valued at $60 billion, is expected to have at least one more on-ramp in 2017, according to BGOV. It’s anticipated that OASIS will also have the potential for on-ramps to subpools requested by agencies. OASIS project manager Todd Richards has also said to expect more opportunities for small businesses to make use of OASIS.

The future is looking very bright for both the GSA in general and its OASIS contract.


CRN: DXC Technology’s Senior Management Team Draws From Both CSC, HPE Services Segment
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OPM to Cancel 21 White Collar, Wage Grade Occupations from Pay Tables in 2018
The Office of Personnel Management will remove 21 white collar and wage grade occupations from the pay tables on March 1, 2018.
Brig. Gen. Scott Dingle to Lead Army Regional Health Command-Atlantic
Brig. Gen. R. Scott Dingle, deputy chief of staff for staff operations at the U.S. Army Medical Command, has been named commanding general of the military branch’s Regional Health Command-Atlantic, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.
Trump Inks Executive Order on Govt Reorganization
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would require federal agencies to merge functions and cancel unnecessary agencies, components and programs as part of a governmentwide reorganisation.
William Thomas to Succeed John Veihmeyer as KPMG International Chairman
William Thomas, chairman of the Americas region at KPMG and a 28-year company veteran, has been named chairman of KPMG International in a move that takes effect Oct. 1.
Robert Lightfoot: NASA Authorization Bill Supports Continuity for Space Programs
NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot has said a new NASA authorization bill passed by the House and Senate seeks to facilitate continuity for the agency’s space programs amid the budget uncertainty.
Report: Trump’s Upcoming FY 2018 Budget Proposal to Cut Fed Workforce, Nondefense Programs
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Jacobs Gets Potential $205M IT Support Task Order From Air Force; Darren Kraabel Comments
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ASRC Federal Subsidiary Lands Potential $250M EPA Info Mgmt Services Contract
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Douglas Dreyer Joins Parsons’ Federal Group as Business Devt EVP; Carey Smith Comments
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Brazil Orders Saab RBS 70 Air Defense Systems
Saab has received a potential $11.6 million contract to deliver RBS 70 very short-range air defense systems to the Brazilian army.
ViON Secures Potential $50M Contract for On-Demand Computing Services to SPAWAR
ViON has won a potential seven-year, $50 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide on-demand, on-premise computing, networking and storage services in support of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

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