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GovCon Wire’s Weekly Roundup: The Omnibus Spending Bill & DoD’s $598.5 Billion Budget

Weekly Roundup

May 1 – May 5 2017

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

Earlier this week, Congress finally reached an agreement on the contentious fiscal 2017 budget. The $1.16 trillion omnibus spending bill allocates $598.5 billion in discretionary funding to the Department of Defense.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis commented on the omnibus bill in a statement released by the DoD, saying that “[He] is pleased that the Congress has secured a $21 billion increase in funding for our defense. This is an important step toward rebuilding military readiness at a time when we are confronting serious security challenges throughout the globe. These additional funds will accelerate the campaign to defeat ISIS, support ongoing operations in Afghanistan, and address critical budget shortfalls. Everything from new missiles and ammunition to facility upgrades to new aircraft are being funded by this bill.”

Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, provided some details on how the $598.5 billion discretionary DoD budget will be spent in a press briefing published on May 1st. Mulvaney stated that “$9 billion to address immediate war-fighting readiness requirements, $2.5 billion for munitions, war consumables and spare parts; $1.4 billion to modify existing deployable weapons systems.”

Mulvaney also expressed the DoD’s desire to acquire more MV-22 helicopters, Apache attack helicopters, and “any materials that may be required to rebuild the military.”

It’s safe to say that FY 2017 will be replete with defense-related opportunities, especially given Mulvaney and Mattis’ comments on specific products and services that the DoD is interested in obtaining. Armament manufacturers, infrastructure and facility construction firms, and aircraft builders will have plenty of attention focused on them, and more importantly, plenty of opportunities to work with the federal government.

The drastic increase in DoD funding will likely lead to a flurry of acquisition activity from the federal government. James MacStravic, the Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) will be at the forefront of this activity. Mr. MacStravic is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and material readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base.

MacStravic is spearheading the efforts to increase the DoD’s buying power and improving the performance of the defense acquisition enterprise. With the increased DoD budget for FY 2017, we’re likely going to see a sharp uptick in DoD acquisitions, which in turn will put Mr. MacStravic in the limelight.

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House Passes $1.1T Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Spending Bill
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Army Intell Officer Maj. Gen. Scott Berrier Named Military Deputy to DIA Director
Maj. Gen. Scott Berrier, commanding general and commandant of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca in Arizona, will assume the role of military deputy to the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
President Trump to Nominate ViraCyte’s Brett Giroir as HHS Assistant Secretary for Health
President Donald Trump plans to nominate Brett Giroir, president and CEO of biopharmaceutical company ViraCyte, as assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services.
DoD CIO Eyes 5-Year IDIQ/BPA for IT, Cyber, Data Analytics Services
The Defense Department‘s Office of the Chief Information Officer has launched a market research effort to identify qualified industry sources of technical support services under a possible five-year acquisition program.
Congress Reaches Bipartisan Deal Over $1T Budget Spending Package for Rest of Fiscal 2017
Congressional leaders on Sunday reached a deal on a proposed $1 trillion budget package to fund the federal government for the remaining months of fiscal 2017 and are expected to vote on the budget request early this week.
Veritas Capital Finalizes the Purchase of Harris Corporation’s Government IT Services Business
Veritas Capital completed the $690 million cash acquisition of Harris Corporation’s Government IT Services Business.
Vectrus Lands $115M Army Recompete Award for O&M, IT Support; Chuck Prow Comments
Vectrus Systems has won a potential $115 million contract from the U.S. Army to continue operations and maintenance, information technology support and supply services for the U.S. Army Europe, U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.
CIA General Counsel Nominee Courtney Elwood Targets IC Contractor Workforce, Cyber Issues
Courtney Elwood, nominee for the CIA general counsel post, looks to address contractor and cyber-related issues facing the intelligence community after she is confirmed by the Senate.
State Dept Clears $253M Sale of MD 530F Aircraft, Support to Kenya
The State Department has approved Kenya’s request to procure MD Helicopters-built MD 530F aircraft, related equipment and support services under a potential $253 million foreign military sales agreement.
Congress Reaches Bipartisan Deal Over $1T Budget Spending Package for Rest of Fiscal 2017
Congressional leaders on Sunday reached a deal on a proposed $1 trillion budget package to fund the federal government for the remaining months of fiscal 2017 and are expected to vote on the budget request early this week.

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