President Donald Trump’s tweets — especially some pointed challenges of big defense contracts just before he took office — have some federal contractors a bit skittish going into the new year, wondering what kind of contracting landscape is developing.
“There is a lot of uncertainty in the air,” said one consultant close to the Office of Management and Budget’s IT efficiency initiatives who asked not to be identified. “The whole IT industry and federal IT operations are in a wait-and-see holding pattern,” he said, anticipating official word on key federal IT initiatives and leadership positions.
Back in December, then-President-elect Trump famously tweeted a challenge of Boeing’s $4.2 billion cost for a new Air Force One 747 and threatened to cancel the aircraft company’s contract. He followed shortly after with another tweet on the costs of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 joint strike fighter program.
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