Federal contracting is the process of procuring goods and services by the federal government. In 2023, you can expect various trends that will shape federal contracting. In this blog post, we will explore some of the most latest trends of federal contracting trends. Take a look!
Increased Emphasis on Cybersecurity
The past few years have seen a significant increase in cyber-attacks on federal government agencies. As a result, there is an increased emphasis on cybersecurity in federal contracting. The federal government is likely to require more robust cybersecurity measures from its contractors, including the implementation of cybersecurity frameworks. If you can get the necessary cybersecurity certifications and accreditations it will be helpful for you to compete for government contracts. This trend will likely continue in 2023 as the federal government seeks to protect its sensitive data and critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
Greater Focus on Sustainable Practices
The federal government has set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and federal contracting will play a significant role in achieving these targets. In 2023, we can expect to see a greater focus on sustainable and green practices in federal contracting. Contractors will need to demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability and show that they have implemented sustainable practices throughout their operations. The federal government is also likely to require contractors to use sustainable materials and products in their work.
Remote Work Opportunities
After the pandemic trend toward remote work has increased, and it is expected to continue in 2023 as well. Federal contractors can work remotely and provide remote services to the federal government. You will need to have the necessary technology infrastructure to support remote work, including secure cloud-based systems, virtual private networks (VPNs), and collaboration tools. The federal government is likely to increase the use of telework and virtual meetings to reduce costs and improve efficiency, which will require contractors to adapt to these new ways of working.
Increased Use of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are transforming the way we work, and federal contracting is no exception. In 2023, we can expect to see an increased use of AI and automation in construction and other federal contracting, particularly in areas such as data analysis, logistics, and cybersecurity. Therefore, you will need to have the necessary expertise and technology to implement these technologies effectively. The federal government is likely to issue more contracts for AI and automation projects as it seeks to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Focus on Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are essential values for the federal government, and federal contracting is no exception. In 2023, we can expect to see a greater focus on diversity and inclusion in federal contracting. Contractors will need to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion by implementing policies that promote diversity in their workforce and supply chain. The federal government is likely to require contractors to provide data on their diversity metrics, including the number of women and minorities in leadership positions and in the workforce.
Increased Use of Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Contracts
Other Transaction Authority (OTA) contracts are an alternative to traditional federal contracts, designed to encourage innovation and speed up the procurement process. In 2023, we can expect to see an increased use of OTA contracts by the federal government, particularly in areas such as research and development. OTA contracts allow the government to work with non-traditional contractors, including startups and small businesses, to access innovative solutions quickly. Contractors will need to be familiar with the OTA process and demonstrate their ability to provide innovative solutions.
Federal contracting trends for 2023 are expected to focus on cybersecurity, sustainable and green practices, remote work, AI and automation, diversity and inclusion, and the increased use of OTA contracts. You will need to adapt to these trends and be able to demonstrate your ability to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to the federal government.
Linda Rawson, who is the founder of DynaGrace Enterprises (dynagrace.com), an 8(a) graduate and EDWOSB, contributed to the content of this blog. She is the founder of GovCon-Biz. For further information, please connect with Linda on LinkedIn, or contact her at (800) 676-0058 ext 101.
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