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PSC’s Alan Chvotkin: Cybersecurity, IT Modernization to Drive Federal Acquisition

Alan Chvotkin, an executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, has said information technology modernization, cybersecurity and the cross-agency goals in the President’s Management Agenda will help drive federal acquisition in the coming year, Federal News Network reported Monday.

“There is no doubt increased focus on IT. Cybersecurity is clearly a high risk and high spend area so we think there will be a lot of business opportunities,” Chvotkin said.

The council’s team of industry volunteers shared other technology and procurement trends for 2019 at PSC’s 54th annual Vision Forecast conference, according to the report.

Kirste Webb, Vision civilian chairwoman, said agencies have started to increase spending on services in support of their mission priorities.

“One of the biggest messages we are hearing across the board is that all of the agencies are now shifting to everything is about their mission, and if procurement or acquisition is not directly supporting that mission they are taking a second look at how it’s being procured and what’s being done with it,” Webb said.

Another trend is the federal government’s desire to build up its collaboration with contractors.

“I think what we are seeing is agencies are trying to get industry involved earlier to avoid what’s been happening which are a lot of protests during the acquisition process,” Webb noted.
 

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