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Weekly News Kick Off: Defense Bill Could Slip to July; OASIS Small Business Vehicle Proceeding; and New Air Force GPS III Opportunity

June 30, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. Many are speculating that the U.S. Senate defense-spending bill could slip to July, while more senior DHS officials are calling for legislation to strengthen our nation’s cyber capabilities. In addition, Lockheed Martin just won a $1.86 billion satellite contract. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. U.S. Senate Defense Spending Bill Could Slip to July A U.S. Senate subcommittee has yet to lock in a date to determine its 2015 Pentagon spending bill, which may cause this to slip to ... Read more

Federal IT Risk & Compliance: How Many Days Since Your Last Audit?

June 26, 2014

A new poll sponsored by Dell Software revealed that half of government agencies do not address network vulnerabilities proactively, impacting security compliance and the ability to respond to threats. With federal IT departments stretched thin, how many days has it been since you last verified meeting internal policies, backed up your data, or monitored your environment to see who has access to what and whether they’ve done anything with that access? When it’s been days, weeks, or months since an agency’s last systems audit, data backup, or IT policy check, the consequences can be severe. Regardless of your agency’s mission, Governance, Risk and ... Read more

PODCAST: State of the Federal Budget and New Geospatial Technology Trends

June 25, 2014

While the government contracting community has been dealing with tremendous budgetary challenges over the past two years, FY 2015 may provide us with more stability, as there is a more-clear budget in place.  Although for 2016, the political winds may shift and impact spending due to potential bi-partisan battles over budget issues, which will mirror the challenges of 2012 and 2013. In addition, new geospatial data management solutions are simplifying the ability to bring actionable intelligence to the warfighter, in a much more cost-effective manner. Along these lines, we are also seeing new studies that reinforce how new innovations will help ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Proposed Defense Budget Meets New Threats; GSA to Overhaul Multiple Awards Schedules; and Amazon Hires Lobbyists for Drone Program

June 23, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. Defense Secretary  Hagel stated that the new defense budget was tailored to meet emerging threats.  Meanwhile the fallout of sequestration seems to be minimal at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In addition, we saw new contract wins from Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Engility and others.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Hagel: Proposed Defense Budget Tailored to Meet Future Threats After more than a decade of large, land-based operations driven by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ... Read more

Cyber Attack Defenders Q&A: Scott Montgomery, CTO Public Sector for McAfee, Emerging Threats for Government and More

June 19, 2014

The Cyber Attack Defenders campaign, which shines a light on the challenges that federal agencies face in today’s cyber threat landscape, has offered some very dynamic content regarding cyber security.  Scott Montgomery, CTO Public Sector for McAfee, was recently interviewed by Cyber Attack Defenders where he discussed the latest federal cyber security trends, as well as opportunities and challenges. Here’s are some excerpts from that interview. Q: Tell us about McAfee and its role in helping federal customers with cyber security. Montgomery: McAfee has evolved into being a leading trusted advisor to federal agencies to help government solve the most difficult security ... Read more

Winning Contractor: SAIC Awarded Multiple Navy Contracts in 2014

June 18, 2014

Serving the U.S. federal government, state/local, and global commercial markets, McLean, VA based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is a leading technology integrator providing full life-cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, and enterprise information technology markets. In February 2014, SAIC was awarded a $33 million task order by the Naval Surface Warfare Center to provide engineering, technical and program management support services to the Quality and Systems Engineering Assurance Division. “We are excited to continue to expand our long-standing relationship with NSWC Crane,” said Tom Watson, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group. ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: House Approves Defense Budget; DHS Readies CDM Task Orders; and the FAA Approves First Commercial Drone

June 16, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  The House Appropriations Committee approved a $491 billion defense appropriations bill, as well as $79.4 billion in overseas spending.  In addition, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be issuing task orders for its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, and there were a number of notable new contract wins. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. House Committee Approves Defense Budget The House Appropriations Committee approved a $491 billion defense appropriations bill and a separate $79.4 billion overseas contingency operations ... Read more

Federal Media Marketing Study 2014: The Increasing Complexity of Public Sector Marketing

June 12, 2014

In this ever-changing government environment, marketers need to take targeted risks to compete in the federal marketplace. All too often, companies fall into the same patterns with respect to their marketing strategies. Those were the key takeaways from the 2014 Federal Media and Marketing Study (FMMS) panel discussion last week looking at new research on the media consumption of federal decision-makers. The event took place on June 5th at the Gannett Conference Center in McLean, Virginia. Another hot topic discussed at the event gave insight into how marketing to government customers is a very unique discipline that differs greatly from the corporate ... Read more

Q&A: David Page, Vice President, Technology Practices, SRA International, Discusses Power of AcuITy Insightful Solutions™

June 11, 2014

SRA International offers a unique tool called AcuITy Insightful Solutions™, which allows federal agencies to determine the most optimal combination of IT solutions that will help support their missions, while also being highly cost effective. The company recently received the American Technology Award (ATA) in IT Services & Consulting for AcuITy – reinforcing how this type of solution is ideal for helping federal agencies maximize their IT efforts in today’s budget-challenged times. FedPulse recently had the opportunity to interview David Page, Vice President, Technology Practices, SRA International, about what makes AcuITy Insightful Solutions™ an award winning solution and much more. FedPulse: Tell us ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Lawmakers Express Worry About Sequestration; NGA Director to Retire; OASIS Contract Protest; and Much More

June 9, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  Several House members have expressed their concerns about how sequestration and the end of arms buying could hurt our national security.  In addition, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency announced her retirement and DARPA launched its cybersecurity challenge. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Lawmakers: Sequestration and End of Arms Buys Could Weaken U.S. Industrial Base U.S. House members are worried about the impact of sequestration cuts and the scheduled end of some major weapon buys, warning the ... Read more

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