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Weekly News Kickoff: Can the Federal Government Deliver a Uber-Like Experience?

November 16, 2015

The American people have come to expect Uber-like efficiency and customer experience in every interaction — whether they are buying a book online or interacting with a federal agency. Can the U.S. government deliver? Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. USDS Execs: Americans Expect Uber-Like Government Federal agencies haven’t kept up with Americans’ expectations fueled by private-sector technology, and experts say that’s eroding citizens’ trust in their government, FedScoop reports. The federal government’s struggle to provide effective IT services for citizen interaction the past few decades, culminating in the disastrous rollout of in 2013, is rooted in its ...
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Winning Contractor: SAIC Lands $549M Contract To Support GSA Enterprise Operations IT Infrastructure

November 12, 2015

Science Applications International Corp won a $549 million task order to support the operations and maintenance of the General Services Administration’s information technology infrastructure. With nearly $40 billion under spend-management and 354 million rentable square feet of property under building-management, GSA serves federal, state and local governments. The GSA Enterprise Operations (GEO) contract will provide operations support across GSA to more than 16,000 users serving critical mission areas worldwide. Under the contract, SAIC and its seven team members will provide IT managed services, including IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) based service desk support, network operations, end user computing services, and data center operations. Awarded under ...
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How Much Do You Know about Veteran’s Day?

November 11, 2015

Being in the Washington, D.C., area, we interact with veterans every day. They own thriving consulting firms, live next door, and mingle with us at dinner parties. But we don’t always stop to think about what it means to have served, and what a gift that service is to all of us. Today, Veterans Day, is a wonderful time to stop and give our thanks to the men and women who have served. In honor of all veterans, we are testing your knowledge of Veterans Day with facts about the current veteran population of the United States courtesy of How ...
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Weekly News Kickoff: FITARA Scorecard Shows Agencies Making Little Progress

November 9, 2015

The grades are in, and they show federal agencies are not doing so well with IT reform. Only two agencies passed in all four of the evaluation categories — although a GAO official testified a few hours after the scorecard’s release that he didn’t completely agree with the findings. Nevertheless, this is likely to have an impact on IT acquisitions over the next few years. Can the government embrace innovative, agile technologies using old acquisition methods? Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Congratulations to the 2015 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards™ Winners The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and Professional ...
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Winning Contractor: L-3 Wins Contract to Integrate Mission Systems for C-130J Aircraft for U.S. Coast Guard

November 5, 2015

L-3 Communications won a $30 million contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to install next-generation mission system suites in two C-130J aircraft. The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy jointly developed the government-owned mission system, which operates across multiple platforms. The total value of the contract, awarded in early October, is about $93 million with all options exercised.  L-3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas, will perform the work. Under the five-year contract, L-3 will integrate mission systems on two baseline C-130J long-range surveillance aircraft. The contract’s multiple options include performing the same work on three similar aircraft and converting seven HC-130J aircraft. L-3 will produce, install, test and deliver the ...
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How To Create Content with a Purpose

November 4, 2015

Content — whether it’s a blog post or a white paper — is the message about your products and services you want your customers and prospects to receive. Content has a big job to do: It must attract the right visitors to your website, convert them to leads, and nurture prospects through your sales funnel. It may do that by establishing your team as thought leaders or by providing interesting offers. Given the importance of the message, it may surprise you to learn that creating good content is only partially about the actual content. It’s also about the content strategy and ...
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Weekly News Kickoff: Senate Approves 2-Year Budget Deal that Prevents Default on Debt

November 2, 2015

Last week the Senate approved a budget deal that will avert a government shutdown in December. Happy holidays early! Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Senate Approves Two-Year Budget Deal To Keep Government Running The Senate passed a two-year budget deal early Friday that would prevent the U.S. government from defaulting on its debts next week and help avert a potential government shutdown in December, Federal Times reports. Senators voted 64-35 to approve the legislation. The House had approved the agreement Wednesday, despite opposition from a majority of Republicans, and President Obama was poised to sign it into law. The legislation ...
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How Is the Market Shifting?

October 29, 2015

At the Professional Services Council Annual Conference in early October, PSC released the 2015 Services Sector Review (available for download for PSC members). The review contained good news about some market trends: The federal market for technology and professional services is stronger than many might think. The professional services industry has weathered a spending trough, but things are looking up: Contract spending in the civilian agencies grew during fiscal year 2014, which featured a more than three-week government shutdown. In an overview, PSC discussed some overall trends from the last year: The market is shifting. New players, new cultures (in and out ...
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When Should You Reach Out To Customers?

October 28, 2015

Federal marketers have a good handle on where to reach their customers and what to give them. But the question of when to reach out can be vexing. Is it best to send messages at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning or 4 p.m. on Friday? When are prospects most likely to notice a tweet or an email? And then when are they most likely to respond? At the 7th Annual Federal Media & Marketing Study breakfast that Market Connections held this month, an expert panel addressed that question. This year’s study shows that federal decision-makers are spending more time accessing news ...
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Weekly News Kickoff: U.S. ‘Nowhere Near The Cutting Edge’ In Countering Insider Threats

October 26, 2015

At a cybersecurity event, a panel of security experts said the snail’s pace at which the federal government embraces new technologies and ideas is impeding its ability to watch for insider threats. Would you agree? Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. U.S. ‘Nowhere Near The Cutting Edge’ In Countering Insider Threats The federal government’s ability to protect itself from insider threats is a “very long time” away from matching what’s possible in the private sector, FedScoop reports a Department of Homeland Security official saying. The comments came from a panel discussion of experts who either work for or were ...
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