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Weekly News Kick Off: Pentagon’s Take on Sequestration for 2016; Budget Cuts Hurt Government; and New Contract Wins

March 3, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  Defense Secretary Hagel unveiled the Pentagon’s new budget, which focuses on leaner and meaner defense efforts.  The topic of sequestration also reared its head again in Hagel’s comments about fiscal year 2016.  In addition, we have stories about new contract wins and a government IT acquisition reform. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Here’s What the Pentagon Will Cut If Sequestration Happens Again in 2016 If sequestration happens again in fiscal year 2016, Defense Secretary Hagel said he will ... Read more

Q&A: Jean-Paul Bergeaux, Chief Technology Officer of SwishData, Discusses Need for Advanced and Cost-Effective Cyber Solutions

February 26, 2014

As federal agencies are considerably challenged from a highly advanced cyber threat landscape, there is a critical need for procuring the right solutions for staying one-step-ahead of the bad guys. However, the big question is how can agencies do this when budgetary resources are extremely low, and the threat vector is very high. FedPulse had a recent opportunity to speak with Jean-Paul Bergeaux, Chief Technology Officer of SwishData, about the company’s new cybersecurity offering that aims to provide the most comprehensive data security, while also being cost-effective. FedPulse:  Before we talk about your new cybersecurity offering, please tell a little bit about ... Read more

Warfighting at the Enterprise Level: Developing a Leaner, More Capable Intelligence Age Military

February 25, 2014

By Barry Rosenberg, Guest Contributor Editor, C4ISR & Networks In May the 13th annual C4ISR & Networks Conference will feature all aspects of the situational awareness revolution in defense, driven by networks of communications, IT, GEOINT, cyber, unmanned systems and sensors. The event will be an exciting and unique opportunity to engage and connect with generals, flag officers and members of the Senior Executive Services, as well as project managers, industry leaders and other attendees.  Dozens of generals/flags/SES’s have spoken at the event over the years. This year’s theme is ‘Warfighting at the Enterprise Level: Developing a leaner, more capable intelligence age military’.  The ... Read more

Online vs. In-Person Focus Groups

February 25, 2014

By Dave Glantz, Director of Research Services Gaining the right qualitative insights from focus groups is vital for any market research effort. However, it is important to know the differences between online and in-person focus groups. The biggest question is: Can you obtain the same quality of results through a 90-minute online chat as you can with a two-hour in-person conversation? The best answer is Thus, if you’re playing by the numbers, European is clearly the way to go. that there are advantages and disadvantages to both options. Online focus groups began to hit their stride 15 to 20 years ago, ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Half of All Feds Looking for Jobs Outside of Government; OASIS Award Imminent; and New Contract Win

February 24, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  One of the biggest stories last week came from Market Connections, the publisher of FedPulse, on the new PulsePoll™ showing half of federal employees considering employment outside of government.  In addition, we have stories about federal travel and the soon-to-be awarded OASIS contract. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. New Study: Half of Federal Employees Consider Looking for Jobs Outside of Government Pay freezes, the current political environment and the prospect of a better salary in the private sector ... Read more

New Study: Half of Federal Employees Consider Looking for Jobs Outside of Government

February 20, 2014

Pay freezes, the current political environment and the prospect of a better salary in the private sector are driving 50 percent of federal employees to consider employment outside of government, according to a new PulsePoll™ of government employees by Market Connections, Inc. and FierceGovIT. The online poll of 370 government employees found frustration with the current work environment and concerns about a “brain drain” affecting mission effectiveness as experienced government employees retire and/or seek opportunities in the private sector. “It is clear that the recent political environment and agency staffing practices are affecting federal morale,” said Lisa Dezzutti, president and CEO of ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Sotera Defense Wins $60 Million Task Order to Support Sentinel Engineering and Sustainment Support Services for the FBI

February 19, 2014

From cybersecurity to mobile platform integration and intelligence analysis, Sotera Defense Solutions offers a wide-range of services and solutions that support critical mission for defense, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security organizations. The company recently made headlines when it announced that it won a $60 million task order for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Sentinel Engineering and Sustainment Support. Under the task order, Sotera Defense will provide the Information Technology Branch (ITB) Information Technology Engineering Division (ITED) with engineering and sustainment support for Sentinel, the FBI’s next generation information and case management program. “Sotera is honored to be awarded this contract with ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: No Sequestration in 2014; U.S. Military Budget Must Shrink; New Cyber Framework; and Contract Wins

February 18, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  The OMB issued a report that stated how we don’t need sequestration cuts in 2014.  In addition, the Acting Deputy Defense Secretary believes that our military must shrink to remain effective against our adversaries. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. OMB Tells Congress Sequestration Cuts Aren’t Needed In 2014 The Office of Management and Budget told Congress in a recent report that it estimates the enacted fiscal 2014 discretionary appropriations are within the spending limits under the Budget Control ... Read more

How Do I Know My Federal Marketing Campaign is Working?

February 13, 2014

By Cynthia Poole, Director of Research Services Government contractors invest significantly in marketing campaigns aimed at influencing federal decision-makers.  From FedNewsRadio advertisements to earned media to content marketing, contractors are planning a wide range of tactics for 2014 marketing. But how do contractors know if their marketing investments are actually working?  This is where message testing research—often in the form of advertisement and message recall—comes into play. Market Connections works closely with many government contractors to conduct this type of research. Be sure to read the full article about how contractors can best maximize their marketing investment here. Read more

Q&A: Ashok Sankar, Senior Director at Raytheon, Discusses Extending Virtualization to Securing Mobile Data

February 11, 2014

Although mobile devices are prolific in society today, the disruption has been quick across commercial and government entities alike and federal agencies are trying to keep pace with the demand. Unfortunately, with this significant increase in mobile devices, they have become the target of the largest number of threats.  However, the reality is that mobile devices are really just another end-point – another point of access to data and applications. Therefore, IT departments should not be worrying about the security of the device, but focus on protecting the data. Although device security should be considered, given that the mobile phenomenon has largely ... Read more

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