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8:37 pm, November 23, 2014

Industry Sequestration News

Six months later, contractors still feeling aftershocks of shutdown

In a special report, The Government Shutdown: Six Months Later, Federal News Radio checks back in with some of the companies it talked to in October to find out what long-term effects the work stoppage had on them. Overall, large and small contractors say they've lost some revenue and are seeing delays in contract awards and solicitations.

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:08am EDT
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Downward trend in service contract spending continues

Federal spending on services contracts continued a slow downturn last year, according to a new analysis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Contract spending on services fell 7 percent -- from $332 billion to $308 billion — between 2011 and 2012. And the downward trend is likely to continue, given budget constraints that are likely to intensify in the coming years, according to David Berteau, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:25pm EDT
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Jobs website sees increase in contract employees seeking work

It's not only government employees who are suffering from sequestration, but contractors, big and small, are feeling the hit as well. Contractors may have to trim their staffs if they lose out on a government contract.

Monday - 08/05/2013, 05:33pm EDT
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Fed furloughs leave imprint on procurement process, contractors say

In contrast to federal employees, who are facing furloughs, many contractors are encountering more elusive sequestration symptoms. Along with reduced government contract spending, federal-employee furlough have also trickled down through the procurement process, resulting in delays, contractors say. This article is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Private Side of Sequestration.

Thursday - 08/01/2013, 06:46pm EDT
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Panel: Contractors adapting to post-sequestration environment

With continuing resolutions and fiscal showdowns running rampant the last few years, government contractors have gotten used to near perpetual budget uncertainty clouding the marketplace. And the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that kicked in March 1 only complicated contractors' efforts to manage their bottom lines. A panel of experts discuss how contractors are coping with the cuts as part of Federal News Radio's special report, Private Side of Sequestration.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 08:43pm EDT
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Vantage point: Small and mid-sized contractors offer perspectives on sequestration

With fewer government contracts coming down the pipeline, small and mid-sized contractors are feeling the pinch of sequestration. Should they diversify, cut staff or sit tight and hope that big contract is just around the corner? Federal News Radio examines these issues in part 6 of our special report, Private Side of Sequestration.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 12:40pm EDT
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Small firms feel first bite of DoD budget cuts as large contractors' stock soars

As the first elements of sequestration's impact on the Defense industrial base begin to take shape, observers inside and outside the Pentagon worry about small businesses.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 05:27am EDT
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Planning for the worst: Companies aim for sequestration-easing strategies

Sequestration threatens to squeeze some companies out of the industry. Federal News Radio's special report, Private Side of Sequestration, examines the long-term planning and short-term coping mechanisms companies can take to better manage through the cuts.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 02:01am EDT

Contractor hiring, morale take sequestration hit

With fewer new federal contracts on the horizon, vendors are trimming staff, changing direction and hedging their bets as sequestration plays out, according to the results of an exclusive Federal News Radio survey. Contractors are also blaming sequestration for low morale in their offices.

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 04:26am EDT

Sequestration's impact on contractors by-the-numbers

Federal News Radio partnered with Govini, a government market research firm, to examine how sequestration has impacted the number of contracts being awarded, delayed, and cancelled by the government. View our data.

Monday - 07/29/2013, 03:04pm EDT

Survey: Contractors speak out about sequestration's impact

Federal News Radio surveyed federal contractors to find out just how much sequestration is impacting them five months after it went into effect. View the raw results of the survey.

Monday - 07/29/2013, 01:47pm EDT

Federal Contractor Sequestration Survey

Calling all government contractors. Federal News Radio wants to know if sequestration is impacting you. Take our anonymous survey today.

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 11:23am EDT

Industry begins feeling impact of sequestration

While federal agencies are dealing with furloughs and tightening budgets, industry is also beginning to feel its effects. Small businesses will likely be hardest hit, says John Grobe, whose business is already being impacted on the government contracts side.

Wednesday - 05/01/2013, 04:40am EDT

Sequestration cuts force GSA to cancel two more conferences

The annual SmartPay and FedForum conferences have been canceled this year due to cuts to agency travel and training budgets under sequestration.

Monday - 03/18/2013, 03:30pm EDT

Sequestration: What does it mean for procurement?

Beth Farrell and Jim Schweiter from McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP discuss how agencies and contractors will be affected by procurement.
February 26, 2013

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 09:51pm EST
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Sequestration no longer unthinkable, former Pentagon insider says

With sequestration set to go into effect in fewer than two weeks, many in the Defense Department are concerned the looming cuts are likely and will have a devastating effect on military readiness. Former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn, now the CEO of DRS Technologies, told Pentagon Solutions with Francis Rose the cuts will have a long-lasting impact on Pentagon planning.

Tuesday - 02/19/2013, 06:29pm EST
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The current contracting environment and more

Host Mark Amtower talks about the state of government contracting with Olessia Smotrova-Taylor, CEO of OST Global Solutions.
February 18, 2013

Monday - 02/18/2013, 10:54pm EST
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Poll: Will sequestration actually happen?

Federal News Radio wants to know what you think. Will sequestration go into effect when the deadline hits on March 1?

Monday - 02/18/2013, 05:36pm EST

Are contractors exaggerating sequestration impact?

As sequestration draws nearer, contractor groups have pointed to alarming studies that show the 9 percent in across-the-board Defense cuts would throw at least 1 million people out of work and potentially cripple the defense and aerospace industries. But in a new report, the Center for International Policy, a nonprofit group which advocates reducing military spending, presented evidence that far fewer defense-sector jobs would be lost than industry has claimed and that defense companies would likely be able to absorb the defense cuts.

Tuesday - 02/12/2013, 06:08pm EST
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Could cutting service contracts avert sequestration furloughs?

In an analysis prepared for the American Federation of Government Employees, contracting expert Charles Tiefer said that agency managers have a number of tools at their disposal to legally scale back service-contract spending and that doing so would be preferable to federal furloughs.

Monday - 02/11/2013, 05:00pm EST
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