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New Study on Convergence of Technologies and Services in Federal Market

August 15, 2014

Market Connections, Inc., in partnership with the Professional Services Council (PSC), is conducting a study on the ongoing convergence of technologies and services in the federal marketplace. As a key decision-maker in the federal market, your insights will help us understand the impact on industry offerings and government buying methods. In appreciation for your time, participants will receive a $15 Amazon e-gift card and the study report. Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey! Federal employee survey Government contractor survey Responses will be kept anonymous and reported only in aggregate. The results of this survey will be released at PSC’s annual conference, ... Read more

The Rapidly Changing Mobile Landscape for Government

August 14, 2014

It goes without saying that mobility in government has changed dramatically over the past several years. From using Blackberry devices for accessing email to now using multiple devices, smartphones and apps, today’s mobile solutions are a ‘must have’ for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the entire federal workforce. While government is catching up with the private sector when it comes to mobility, there are still challenges ahead.  These include ensuring data security and developing the right processes for allowing large workforces to purchase and use mobile devices. These are some insights from a recent Intersection post where Tommy Walker, End User Computing Evangelist at ... Read more

PODCAST: Max Peterson of Amazon Web Services Discusses Bringing the Federal IT “Iron Triangle” to Life

August 13, 2014

The “iron triangle” in federal IT means implementing and leveraging innovations that support cost, quality and speed. In the past, it was only possible to achieve two parts of the “iron triangle,” which was typically quality and speed. Thanks to cloud computing, federal agencies can now achieve all three components of the “iron triangle” in ways that allow government to best leverage IT in scalable ways that consistently support the mission. These are some key insights from a recent FedPulse podcast with Max Peterson, Head of Worldwide Public Sector Alliances and Partners of Amazon Web Services, who provided more insights into government ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Defense Cuts Endanger U.S. Security; Kendall Wants to Drop Sequestration; and New Contract Wins

August 11, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. A bipartisan panel issued some stark warnings about how the defense cuts are compromising our national security. In addition, we take a look at sequestration’s impact on government contractors one year later. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Obama’s Steep Defense Cuts Endanger U.S. Security A bipartisan panel of experts recently issued a stark warning about how cuts in military spending are putting our national security at risk. Kendall Again Appeals to Congress to Drop Sequestration The most important thing anyone ... Read more

Winning Contractor: ASRC Federal InuTeq Wins $88 Million Defense Supercomputing Modernization Program Contract

August 6, 2014

ASRC Federal InuTeq (ASRC Federal) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), which is a family of companies that provide mission-critical services to federal government agencies dedicated to defense, civil and intelligence support. ASRC, Alaska’s largest owned and operated company, was established in 1972 after Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. ASRC is an Alaska Native Corporation owned by approximately 11,000 Iñupiat shareholders. With the company earnings, these shareholders help develop and sustain their villages and the Iñupiat way of life. On July 7th, ASRC was awarded the High Performance Computing Modernization Program’s Defense Research ... Read more

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) is a Necessary Prerequisite for Success

August 6, 2014

According to Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the creation of the Joint Information Environment (JIE) is not simply an expansion of IT practices in the warfighting arena, but a necessary prerequisite for success. Lt. Gen. Hawkins, Jr., recently shared these insights during his keynote address at the AFCEA JIE Symposium for Mission Partners, held at the Baltimore Convention Center in May. “We cannot fight the next fight in stovepipe fashion,” he told the standing-room-only audience. “We do not want to build out an environment based on the last war, or on what any ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Bipartisan IT Procurement Bill; House Passes DHS Cyber Bills; and BAE Systems Wins Big NGA Contract

August 4, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced a new federal IT procurement bill, while a new trio of cybersecurity bills aims to strengthen information sharing at DHS.  In addition, BAE Systems won a big geospatial data management contract from the NGA. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Bipartisan IT Procurement Overhaul Bill Unveiled A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill that would restructure federal IT procurement by establishing a pilot program in the Office of Management and Budget to review ... Read more

Supporting The Ongoing Air Force Mission Through Better IT

July 31, 2014

It is no secret that the Department of Defense (DoD) struggles with effectively procuring information technology. However, these challenges are being addressed head on, and the outcome will ultimately be faster and more effective procurements, while supporting mission goals with next-gen IT. For example, the Air Force is leveraging new resources for its IT transformation and has committed to moving its enterprise email to DISA’s shared system. Many believe this could be a positive first step. The Air Force Headquarters also transitioned its email accounts over to the cloud-based DoD Enterprise Email (DEE) system earlier this year. These are some insights from ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Raytheon Scores With New Patriot Missile Upgrade Contract

July 30, 2014

Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Raytheon a $235.5 million contract for Radar Digital Processor (RDP) kits to upgrade the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for the United States, Kuwait, and the Netherlands. Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles. Patriot is the world’s ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Growing Terror Threat; Federal Hiring at 10–Year Low; and NGA’s Fast Acquisition Efforts

July 28, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently stated our country’s ability to fight terrorism has been weakened.  In addition, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is calling on agencies to break bad IT habits, and we have a number of new contract wins. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Clapper: Terror Threat Is Growing A “perfect storm” of factors has weakened the country’s ability to prevent and fight terrorism, according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Gates: Agencies Must Break ... Read more

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