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Weekly News Kickoff: Can the House and Senate Agree on Agency Funding?

June 6, 2016

Once again, the House and Senate are on different paths. Will both chambers pass spending bills by September, in time to avoid what has now become an annual threat of a government shutdown? We have the summer to see how this plays out … and no doubt it will come down to the deadline. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Agency Funding in Limbo as House and Senate Forge Different Paths While the House is bogged down by what both parties refer to as ideological and “poison” policy provisions — which crop up every year in the funding process ... Read more

Using Government Market Research to Solve Business Challenges

June 2, 2016

From the reality of declining government budgets and LPTA to the impending change of administration, remaining competitive and growing revenue in today’s marketplace continue to be an uphill march. Market Connections recently fielded a study of federal government contractors to determine current challenges and best practices in addressing them, and the results will be available on June 30 (see below). While we wait for those results, there is one thing that contractors can start doing today to make the march a little flatter: Arm themselves with actionable knowledge to drive business success. Market research is the tool that gives you that unbiased ... Read more

2016 WiT Leadership Award Winners

June 1, 2016

Every year, Women in Technology (WiT) honors women succeeding in their careers while also mentoring the next generation of leaders. For the Annual Leadership Awards, colleagues nominate women in the Washington, D.C. technology community for their extraordinary vision, talent and mentorship. WiT honored the finalists at the Annual Leadership Awards gala May 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia — and announced the winners. Each finalist is a leader and innovator — a woman (or company) known for breaking down barriers. The honorees’ talents and accomplishments are an inspiration not only for women in technology careers, but also for all women ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Learn What’s Happening with Federal Innovation

May 31, 2016

Innovation is a hot topic. The Federal government is constantly looking at ways to improve efficiency and lower costs, and government contractors have great ideas for both goals. Next week at the Federal Innovation Summit, industry leaders will talk about what is happening and what is next. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Event: Federal Innovation Summit is June 7 Emerging technologies and digital services — including smartphones, the cloud and the Internet of Things — are disrupting the private sector at an unprecedented rate. Federal agencies must strive to adopt the same innovation to serve, secure and protect ... Read more

20 Years of Research: How Research Methods Have Changed

May 26, 2016

Market Connections is celebrating 20 years of helping companies conduct the research they need to help their business thrive. Much has changed over two decades, from business trends to how we do the research. Market Connections Founder and President Lisa Dezzutti and Vice President, Research Strategy Laurie Morrow are sharing their memories and experiences from working together during that time. In the first installment, they discussed trends in research — what customers have focused on and how that has changed. In this installment, they share how Market Connections used to conduct research and how research methods have changed. FedPulse: When you ... Read more

Make Your Voice Heard: 2016 Federal Government Contractor Study

May 25, 2016

Federal contractors continue to feel the effects of LPTA. And with a change in administration coming, they are sure to face other challenges in selling to the federal government. How are federal government contractors adapting to this ever-changing environment? What are the business development and marketing practices that best position their companies for success in this competitive market? That’s what Market Connections Inc.and Salesforce want to find out. Market Connections, in partnership with Salesforce, is spearheading a study of federal government contractors that will answer these questions — and more. Your input is critical. Make your voice heard by sharing your candid ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Federal Government Contractors, Share Your Insights

May 23, 2016

Calling all federal government contractors. Market Connections and Salesforce want your insights into the challenges you face in this competitive market and your best practices in addressing them. All respondents will get the full study report. Make your voice heard! Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Spoiler alert: There are some great events in June. Event: How are Feds Accessing and Consuming Content on Mobile Devices? With the majority of feds using mobile devices, there is no doubt that they are more connected than ever. But does that connectivity result in more work productivity? What content are they accessing, ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Navy Awards BAE Systems $29 Million Maintenance Contract for USS Gettysburg

May 19, 2016

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems $29.4 million to maintain the USS Gettysburg (CG 64), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser. The competitively awarded contract includes options that, if exercised, would raise the total value to $31.8 million. The Gettysburg is equipped with the Aegis Combat System, which provides air defense for aircraft carrier battle groups. The ship was commissioned in 1991. The special selected restricted availability of the Gettysburg will begin in June, and be completed in December. BAE Systems’ Norfolk, Virginia, shipyard will perform the repair, maintenance and modernization work aboard the 567-foot-long ship. Dave Thomas, vice president and general manager of ... Read more

20 Years of Research: Trends Over the Years

May 18, 2016

Market Connections turns 20 this year, and much in the research industry has changed over that time. Over the next several weeks, Market Connections Founder and President Lisa Dezzutti and Vice President, Research Strategy Laurie Morrow will share their memories and experiences from the past two decades. In this first installment, they discuss trends in research — what customers have focused on and how that has changed. FedPulse: What trends have you seen over the last 20 years in what clients are interested in finding out? What’s been hot? Lisa: Where the money is being spent in the government tends to determine ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Metro Repair Schedule May Be Moved Up

May 16, 2016

Less than a week after a tentative schedule for Metro repairs was released, it is already being revised. The Federal Transit Administration has requested changes to the timeline, and some construction may be moved up to June. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Changes Loom for SafeTrack Plan Amid Friction Between Metro, Federal Officials Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld conceded he should have reached out to federal oversight officials before unveiling a tentative schedule for a massive rail reconstruction program starting next month, WAMU reports. Wiedefield said his management style is sometimes impatient. Five days after Wiedefeld released the proposed SafeTrack ... Read more

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