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5 predictions for fiscal 2015

Trey Hodgkins

1. The unstable budgetary environment drags on. A continuing resolution is likely through at least early December, but election results will determine whether the CR that follows is for a full year or part of an omnibus spending bill.

2. Congress continues advancing public-sector legislation. In the lame-duck session, acquisition reform initiatives might emerge from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). With many key lawmakers retiring, new leaders on public-sector issues will emerge in Congress.

3. Acquisition reform remains a top priority. Passage of an acquisition reform measure before this Congress adjourns is unlikely, but legislators will focus on implementing stakeholder recommendations in the fiscal 2016 NDAA.

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4. Sequestration rears its ugly head. Congress must address the issue in 2015 in order to avoid the catastrophic mandatory cuts that are slated to return in 2016.

5. Agencies continue driving innovation in acquisition. The rise of the General Services Administration's 18F, the Office of Management and Budget's U.S. Digital Service, the Department of Health and Human Services' Buyers Club and similar programs will demonstrate their potential in 2015.

About the Author

Trey Hodgkins is the Senior Vice President, Public Sector at the Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector or ITAPS, a division of ITI, where he manages a team of professionals responsible for all advocacy, public policy and business development activities for companies facing the Public Sector market. The Public Sector team at ITAPS is focused on National Security, Homeland Security & Federal Law Enforcement, Federal Civil and State & Local and Education Technology market verticals in the public sector. Additionally, the team monitors all legislative and regulatory proposals impacting procurement policy at the Federal and State & Local levels.

Trey has over 30 years in the Federal, State and Local government arenas, with almost half of that time focused on information technology in the public sector. He has served as a staff aide in the Louisiana State Legislature, as a Federal Liaison at the National Rifle Association; Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, Manager of Governmental Affairs at the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, Director of Government Relations at the Association of Old Crows and as a Senior Vice President at TechAmerica.

Trey holds two Bachelor’s degrees - in Political Science and History – from Louisiana State University and a Masters degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University. He also holds a Certification as an Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives.

Trey has been awarded the prestigious Fed 100 Award for his work on IT procurement reform and is a member of the Procurement Round Table.

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