The federal proposal industry is being hit with a new challenge – more start – stop situations than before.  This includes bidders that start the proposal and then stop due to a delay or the cancellation of the program.  Reasons causing this situation are believed to include the general market environment, such as pressure to do less with more on the part government and contractors.  It is predicted this situation may continue until the Government market improves, which some analysts say may be in 2018.