Another Take on Sequestration

I know I ranted about sequestration, but I guess it finally hit home for me when one of my students asked what I thought about it. I am in the DC metro area and I teach in the DC metro area, so it made sense that I would hear such a question.

Of course, it got me to thinking and got me to click on a news article that came up in a feed. The article came from Federal Computer Week, but referenced some wonderful (for an accountant like me) numbers and statistics from the Professional Services Council.

By now, everyone in government contracting circles knows the figure $1.2 trillion. One of the things the PSC starts to get into is the breakdown by agency of the cuts (estimated of course).

What I also found interesting is that the Obama administration is scheduled to release a report to Congress sometime in September related to what needs to be done to achieve the cuts. In under a month, we may have some clarity on what is going to happen.

I say “going to happen” because there is every indication that the cuts will happen and that a deal won’t be reached across the aisle. I think a lot of that depends on the results of the election. Regardless of who wins in November, the race will be on to curtail the cuts.

So, as you mull over the graphic above, think about the agencies you are doing business with and start to think of the ways in which you can save them money. The more efficient and effective you become in delivering to the government, the more competitive you will be going into these cuts.

What tools or processes do you know of “off-the-shelf” that can do that?

About Marty Herbert

With 13 years of government contract administration, analysis, finance, and audit experience, I have established a firm baseline in ethics and a specialization in government contracts that has prepared me to become a subject matter expert in my field. I am currently working on enhancing government contracts management and compliance through workflow tools and product offerings - attempting to make the process proactive as opposed to reactive.
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