2024's Top 5 Trends in Federal Contracting: A Must-Read Guide

news & updates Jan 17, 2024
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In the realm of government contracting, recognizing, and adapting to evolving trends is crucial for positioning your business. A holistic approach to trend analysis is key, as it helps identify not only nascent trends but also those that persist over time. Let’s explore five key trends we anticipate in 2024, offering insights into what lies ahead.

1) AI Technology


The expansion of technology, particularly Artificial Intelligence (AI), is poised to continue its significant impact on the federal sector. AI is becoming a central element for ongoing development.

The federal government is looking to deploy AI in various domains, including healthcare, transportation, supply chain management, and environmental initiatives, accompanied by supportive services. This approach is anticipated to open up more opportunities for contracts in these areas, particularly those that concentrate on the development and safety aspects of AI.


2) Cybersecurity

Contractors need to prioritize compliance and security. The integration of emerging technologies, including innovations in cybersecurity, as well as training and investment, are becoming increasingly essential. With the progression of technologies such as AI, as previously discussed, there is a heightened need for robust security measures. The modern era is characterized by escalating cyber threats, positioning them as a foremost concern. In response, the government has intensified its efforts to safeguard data. This increased attention to cybersecurity stems from the rapid advancements in information technology. The expanded capabilities and interconnectivity of cyber devices and communication networks have paralleled a rise in threats from malware and hackers, necessitating a shift in focus for governmental agencies.

The federal government has rolled out various cybersecurity initiatives. These include the enhancement and introduction of new clauses in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the issuance of an Executive Order aimed at 'Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity.

3) Supply Chain

The ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19 and various global incidents on our supply chain is expected to remain a significant focus into 2024 and likely beyond. The challenges faced by the global supply chain have notably influenced the availability of crucial products and services. In response, the federal government is increasingly focusing on enhancing the security of the supply chain and boosting domestic manufacturing capabilities through multiple Executive Orders. This strategy involves increasing the production of domestic materials and prioritizing the use of American-made resources. The emphasis on securing and strengthening the supply chain is set to be a continuing priority for the government.


4) Small Business Prioritization

There has been an existing trend for small business prioritization, and this trend is expected to gain further momentum in 2024. The Biden-Harris Administration has committed to elevating the annual expenditure on small businesses, which includes raising spending targets and broadening support programs for small enterprises engaged in government contracts. There's an increase in federal spending allocated to contracts reserved for small businesses, particularly Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs). Additionally, the revision of size standards for small businesses means that many medium-sized enterprises now fall under the 'small business' category, creating a wider scope for more contractors to participate in these contracts.

For enterprises that are either already operating as small businesses or those who now fall within the small business category, it's a promising time to explore and seize the expanded business opportunities that 2024 is poised to offer.


5) IDIQ Contracts

While anticipating the government's financial allocation for 2024, it's crucial for your business to be strategically positioned to engage with purchasers and make the most of these funds. A key strategy for success is to acquire contract vehicles that are preferred by federal agencies for their procurement needs, like the General Services Administration's Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program.

The year 2024 is expected to witness a significant flow of investments through existing indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles, along with the creation of new ones designed to attract fresh contracting talent. This trend is driven by the shortened procurement timeline associated with current IDIQs and the growing demand for rapid and efficient acquisition of sophisticated solutions. Federal procurers are on the lookout not just for solutions, but also for streamlined and accessible procurement methods.

For contractors, now is the time to explore and understand upcoming IDIQ and Best In Class contract opportunities to assess their relevance for your business. Investigating the current and forthcoming IDIQ vehicles could provide valuable insights and opportunities.


As 2024 unfolds, these pivotal trends in government contracting signal a landscape rich with opportunities and challenges. From the rapid advancement of AI technology to the heightened focus on cybersecurity, the strengthening of supply chains, the prioritization of small businesses, and the strategic importance of IDIQ contracts – each trend is a beacon guiding the way forward.

For businesses eager to navigate this evolving terrain, understanding and aligning with these trends is just the starting point. It's about being adaptable, informed, and proactive in seeking opportunities. At ESS Academy, we recognize the criticality of staying ahead in this dynamic environment. That’s why our Mentorship Program is designed to help you optimize strategies for more consistent contract wins, guiding you through the intricacies of government contracting.

We encourage you to connect with us and be a part of a community that's not just witnessing change but driving it. Join the conversation on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Share your experiences, learn from others, and explore how these trends can be a springboard for your business’s growth.

Let’s step into 2024 with the readiness to embrace the exciting possibilities in government contracting. Together, we can turn these opportunities into landmarks of success.

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