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April 2020 Newsletter Highlights: 

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Bank of America

The power to see the road ahead

For the army of contractors supplying goods and services to the federal government, the past decade has been full of advances and retreats. A spike in spending today is reminiscent of the surge in outlays to contractors after passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. But spending fell sharply in 2013 and remained depressed for the next few years.1 The current upswing has left many contractors scrambling to find enough workers to fulfill the contracts they’ve won.

 

That’s a particular challenge for contractors working with the Department of Defense, which accounts for more than half of all U.S. payments to contractors and has seen its budget jump since 2017.2 But opportunities in other areas are also on the rise. A big overhaul of information technology systems throughout the government is just getting started, promising a strong, steady increase in contracts to tech companies of all sizes and descriptions. Sustainability initiatives affecting new and existing government buildings are a boon to building contractors, while the Department of Veterans Affairs, caring for veterans of recent U.S. wars, is awarding increasing numbers of contracts in health services and related areas. Yet, contractors seeking to take advantage of this rush in demand also face a shifting competitive landscape and stricter regulations. Against that backdrop, five trends showcase the opportunities and challenges government contractors face today and in the future: rising defense spending; information technology overhaul and cyber security; shortage of skilled labor; shifting competitive landscape and growing audit and compliance requirements.

 

Read more about the road ahead here.

 

Another note, our country took a historic next step toward helping win the war on the coronavirus with the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. There is important work ahead to quickly understand the requirements so we can play our role in getting the assistance to where it is needed. We share with you and other leaders a common goal:  We all want the power to move beyond this health and humanitarian crisis. We are committed to do everything we can to help.  For more information, please click here https://newsroom.bankofamerica.com/press-releases/consumer-banking/bank-america-announces-additional-support-consumer-and-small.

 

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2 Vertical IQ: “Government Contractors,” 12-10-2018, page 3.

 

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CRI | Carr, Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors

During this time of uncertainty, CRI is ready to help and offer support. Check out our COVID-19 resources page to stay abreast of recent changes, remote work tips and tricks, and a handful of other helpful content.

 

One of the most notable parts of the CARES Act is the opportunity for loan forgiveness through the Paycheck Protection Program. What is it? How much can I get? Is it all “free?” How do I apply? To help you separate fact from fiction, we wanted to touch upon a few key pieces of the new legislation. READ MORE...

 

 

ENERCON Integrated Defense Solutions

ENERCON Integrated Defense Solutions (IDS) is making ‘in stride’ adjustments to continue to meet the demands of our vast customer base. ENERCON IDS is designated an essential business as we provide critical support and essential service for key power, military and communication infrastructure around the world.


Our goal is to provide the same level of excellent service, while protecting the health of our employees, our customers, their families, and the communities where we all live and work. READ MORE...

 

 

Projects Unlimited 

Projects Unlimited is an essential business and is fully operational. As we all know, Covid-19 has made it nearly impossible for the aerospace and defense industry to physically connect with their customers.

 

Projects Unlimited products and services are considered critical to national security and the Department of Defense, so moving forward in these challenging times, we wanted to ensure that current restrictions have not slowed down the ongoing in-house production and the promised on-time delivery of product. READ MORE...