• “Other Transactions” With Uncle Sam: A Solution to the High-Tech Government Contracting Crisis
  • January 12, 2010 | Author: James G. McEwen
  • Law Firm: Stein McEwen, LLP - Washington Office
  • Through no fault of its own, the federal government is being left behind. High technology is the driving force behind America’s sustained economic growth, and companies that specialize in high tech are increasingly global in both scope and reach. U.S. markets are growing at near-exponential rates; new economies are opening to American goods under the influence of free-trade groups like the World Trade Organization; even with the downturn, inventive activity in places like Silicon Valley and the Dulles Corridor proceeds at a feverish clip. Where government contracts were once the driving force behind many of our cutting-edge technologies (including, notably, the internet), the Department of Defense and other research-intensive government agencies (NASA, the Department of Energy, etc.) face a shrinking contractor community and a continuing inability to entice new and growing technology companies to bid for defense and research-oriented government work.