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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Embraces Next-Gen Mobility

July 24, 2014

While the FedPulse blog is known for shining a light on the successes of federal contractors with its “Winning Contractor” series, a new site is doing something very similar, but for government agencies. The GovTransformer site showcases key accomplishments in the area of emerging IT happening on the government side.  The site recently ran a post about how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is embracing next-generation mobility solutions. Under the strategic leadership of Rick Holgate, CIO of the ATF, the agency is building a robust infrastructure that supports smartphones and tablets to provide e-mail, browser and legacy desktop ... Read more

Q&A: Tim Sedlack, Senior Product Manager, Dell Software, Discusses IT Risk and Compliance for Government

July 23, 2014

Dell Software and Market Connections recently launched a study, which revealed that half of government agencies do not address network vulnerabilities proactively, impacting security compliance and the ability to respond to threats. Both organizations recently hosted a webinar that provided in-depth insight into federal IT governance, risk and compliance (GRC) and how agencies can best achieve continuous compliance. FedPulse recently had the opportunity to speak with Tim Sedlack, Senior Product Manager at Dell Software, about the findings of the study and much more. FedPulse: Tell us about why Dell recently implemented a study about Federal IT Risk & Compliance? Sedlack: We know that federal ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Optimism Regarding Sequestration in 2016; Border Crisis and Military Resources; and RMADA and NETCENTS-2 Contracts Awarded

July 21, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. The chairman of the House Armed Service Committee’s subcommittee on readiness is confident that sequestration will be averted in 2016. In addition, lawmakers feel that the border crisis is draining our already-stretched military resources, and two new major contracts were awarded.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. HASC Readiness Chair Hoping for Renewed Focus on Sequestration After Midterms The chairman of the House Armed Service Committee’s subcommittee on readiness said he was optimistic that Congress will be able to ... Read more

PODCAST: Effective Capture and Pricing Strategies for Government Contractors

July 17, 2014

The lingering impact of sequestration and the government shutdown of 2013 continues to create business challenges for government contractors. Developing the right contract pricing and capture strategies is vital to the ongoing success of any government contractor in today’s business climate.  From best managing LPTA procurements to creating the right strategies for maintaining profitability and operational performance, contractors are continually seeking the right formula for success. SC&H Group and Red Team Consulting are launching a three-part, on-demand webinar series that aims to guide government contractors through the changing procurement landscape. Following is a podcast interview with Lynne Gummo, a Director of Tax Advisory ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Boeing’s $2.8 Billion Contract With NASA Has Deep Space Aspirations

July 16, 2014

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. In early July, Boeing’s Defense Space & Security unit finalized a $2.8 billion contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), which aims to be the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America’s return ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Chinese Hack Into OPM Networks; Sequestration Challenges and BAE Systems’ Vision for Future of Warfare

July 14, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  According to the U.S. Army Under secretary, if sequestration continues, the Army will have to shrink its forces to 420,000, which is too small to be effective.  In addition, Chinese hackers broke into the OPM computer network and BAE Systems unveils the future of surveillance.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Sequestration Cuts Would Shrink Army, Deplete Forces If sequestration continues, the Army will have to shrink its forces to 420,000 active duty soldiers, which would be too small ... Read more

Federal Data Center Consolidation and New Opportunity for Federal Agencies

July 10, 2014

The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) initiative has made tremendous strides – with 40 percent of government data centers being closed to date – but there is still significant work ahead. As highlighted in this TechSource article, the U.S. Army has turned the FDCCI into a viable opportunity to close many smaller data centers, which increases its security posture and enhances overall efficiencies. The TechSource article also highlights a short video from Brocade, which demonstrates how agencies must take hold of the FDCCI opportunity for greater efficiencies and cost savings. Be sure to watch the full video below. Read more

Winning Contractor: Sikorsky Producing on Multiple Fronts

July 9, 2014

Winning contractors strive to deliver premiere products to their marketplace. Often, this continued pursuit of perfection means constantly reengineering already successful lines to ensure that the customer is experiencing the best results. Such is the case with Sikorsky Aircraft and its famed Blackhawk helicopter. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has been working to further reduce vibration that results from rotor aerodynamics in Blackhawks, something that has been a challenge in the helicopter industry since its inception. Under the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Active Rotor Component Demonstration program, Lord Corp. and Sikorsky helped engineer hub-mounted vibration suppressors, which are ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Helping Iraq; Army’s New ERP Competition; New VA Director Nominee; and New Leidos CEO

July 7, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  Defense officials are saying that parts of Iraq will need help, in the face of uprisings from insurgents.  The Army is launching a new competition for the development of an EPR program, and the DIA is speeding up the acquisition process for ‘disruptive technologies.’ Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Iraq’s Going to Need Help Taking Back Its Country While initial U.S. assessments suggest that Iraq’s security forces are able to defend Baghdad, other parts of the country that ... Read more

Q&A: Lisa M. Sherwin Wulf, Federal Marketing Leader at SolarWinds, Discusses Cybersecurity Thought Leadership Research

July 2, 2014

Earlier this year, SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, in conjunction with Market Connections, launched a study revealing that while a majority of federal IT professionals claim their agencies are cybersecurity-ready, they still face malicious insider and outsider threats. In addition, the study found that many agencies are still confronted by threats from careless and untrained insiders, and are tasked with mastering IT security despite organizational and budget challenges. SolarWinds has used this research for some advanced thought leadership marketing strategies that include publicity, social media promotions, webinars, speaking engagements, demand generation and much more. FedPulse had the ... Read more

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