Government Contracting March Madness: Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Agency Scouting Reports

Outside of expected Q4 FY spending sprees, the Federal Government spending peaks during the months of March and April every year [sourced from DataLab]. This influx makes March Madness more than college basketball - because it's GovCon March Madness, Baby! In the spirit of the season, The Pulse will release four GovCon Scouting Reports to help you get a bid into the big dance.

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Pulse decided to dive into the glittery and shiny agency that has our attention - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). With so many interesting facets, an aptitude for transparency, and the ability to challenge GovCon and academia to think outside-the-box, our collective Pulse heart is all aflutter.  In order to assist GovCons in their mission to score something sweet today, The Pulse took a wondrous boat ride to explore the DARPA factory tunnels. Take a trip with us into some of their most recent initiatives, and learn about ten (10) upcoming GovCon opportunities to satisfy that sweet tooth.

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The Pulse’s [Partial] Shutdown To-Do List

This shutdown is unfortunate, but we recommend Government Contractors try to use the time effectively in the interim. We aren’t here to pontificate on what is going on - you have numerous outlets for that - but what we want to contribute are a few ideas to keep you, the Government Contractor, from going stir crazy while we wait out this storm.

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Q4 Federal Government Spending Statistics: Will Q4 FY18 be the Biggest Spending Spree Industry Has Seen Yet?

Updated on December 29, 2018. No one in GovCon is a stranger to these seasonal trends, but this time it feels like we are all counting on a little extra Q4 magic. Naturally skeptical as we are, we felt compelled to do a little digging to find out if the Q4 hype is real. Data used to support Senatorial Letter for U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.). Data featured in Nextgov article , Yahoo Finance , CHiefHRO, and Federal News Radio.

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Department of Commerce & the Census Bureau

The U.S. decennial census occurs every 10 years and is fast approaching in 2020. With it brings GovCon opportunities in large-scale data collection planning, hundreds of thousands of new internal and external employees, marketing campaigns, real estate leasing for local offices, and of course IT and cybersecurity overhauls. Earlier this year, the FY18 Omnibus spending bill allocated $2.8B+ for Census. So how much of this $2.8B has been spent already this fiscal year? According to FPDS, only $323M, and we only have a few more weeks of FY18.

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Artificial Intelligence's Impact on Government Contracting

The noise around Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a buzz that is steadily turning into a fanfare - but do we in GovCon really know what it entails? Join the Pulse as we obsess over literal definitions, analyze FY18 GovCon opportunities, and explore the true translation of AI, Machine Intelligence, and Machine Learning. Teaser: We have good news and bad news. Bad news: Alexa is as much AI as your Furby was back in 1998. Good news? Who knows, maybe that A.I. that detects deception will be able to tell you who your Pulse gals are. There's only one way to find out... (01011000 01001111 01011000 01001111) 

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