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Weekly News Kick Off: House Passes 2014 Fiscal Spending Package; Cyber War Priority in Defense Budget; and New Contract Wins

January 21, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog, on Tuesday this week due to the Martin Luther King holiday.  The House approved a $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 appropriations package, which would avert another government shutdown for nine months.  In addition, cybersecurity is a key priority in the defense budget and many new contract wins were announced. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off. House Passes Fiscal 2014 Spending Package Last week, the House approved a $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 appropriations package providing spending stability for agencies and removing the ... Read more

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 20, 2014

While many people are enjoying a three-day weekend, we would like to remind our readers that today is also the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, which is  is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. Be sure to check out Serve.gov, which provide tools and resources for organizations and individuals to become engaged in service activities to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the federal holiday. In addition, be sure to check out this inspiring video about this special day. Read more

What Should I Do With My Contract Evaluation Research Results?

January 17, 2014

By Laurie Morrow, Director of Research Services In today’s austere budget climate, we are seeing more government contractors implementing contract evaluation and customer satisfaction research to help win recompetes, as well as increase overall competitiveness. Simply put, this type of research works.  According to our Government Contractor Study in 2012, contractors with higher win rates are more likely to use outsourced customer satisfaction surveys (83%).  In addition, the study found that the vast majority (96%) of contractors use some sort of research to better understand the federal marketplace. So, while we are seeing more contractors using this type of research, the big question ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Fluor Enhances International Growth While Meeting Emerging Energy and Infrastructure Needs

January 15, 2014

As global infrastructure needs continue to expand, there is one company that has delivered engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance (EPCM), and project management to international governments for more than a century: Fluor. With more than 41,000 employees operating globally, Fluor develops and innovative solutions for complex project issues in diverse industries, including chemicals and petrochemicals, commercial and institutional (C&I), government services, life sciences, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, power, renewable energy, telecommunications, and transportation infrastructure. The company continues to secure major global business with the recent $410 million contract to provide Kuwait Oil Company with comprehensive consulting services, specializing in front-end design and ... Read more

Government Contractors Strive to Improve Competitiveness in 2014

January 14, 2014

By Bob Lohfeld, Guest Contributor President, Lohfeld Consulting Group With sales being flat or having declined in 2013 for three out of every four government contractors, two thirds of government contractors have initiatives underway to improve their competitiveness. To get a handle on what some of these initiatives are, Market Connections and Lohfeld Consulting Group teamed up to conduct a poll of 220 government contractors. What we found from the survey was that most companies are working on improving their business acquisition function, including reworking processes, adding tools, and moving to agile staffing strategies to better match resources to capture and proposal workloads.  ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: A Potentially More Stable 2015 Defense Budget; Bid Protests Down; and Social Government 2014

January 13, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  The topic of the defense budget is still dominating the headlines with insights on the 2015 budget and new ways to cut overall spending. Though as always, contractors keep announcing new wins. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Defense Budget Process for Fiscal 2015 Likely to Be More Stable For fiscal 2015, Congress has provided a $10 billion boost to the cap for defense spending, and the Pentagon has committed to proposing a budget that stays within that, ... Read more

The FedPulse 2013 Greatest Hits: Sequestration, Government Travel and “Winning Contractors”

January 9, 2014

In an era of Buzzfeed-like “listicles,” the FedPulse team has created its own series of top stories for the year.  Rather than focusing on the Top 10 signs that we grew up in the 1980s, and other silly click-bait content, our “best of” pieces showcase the issues and trends that resonated the most in the government-contracting marketplace. As expected, sequestration rose to the top by a long shot with positive contractor stories also resonating very well. #10: Q&A: AJ Clark, President of Thermopylae Sciences & Technology, Discusses Rise of “Smart Data” and Impact of Sequestration Unlike traditional companies selling to government, Thermopylae Sciences ... Read more

Government Contractors Reshape Growth Strategies for 2014

January 8, 2014

By Bob Lohfeld, Guest Contributor President, Lohfeld Consulting Group With three out of every four government contractors having flat or declining sales in 2013, it should come as no surprise that many companies are rethinking their go-to-market strategy and making changes in the way they compete. To get a handle on some of these changes, Market Connections and Lohfeld Consulting Group teamed up to conduct a poll of 220 government contractors. Surprisingly, about a third of the companies surveyed reported they are not making changes to their 2014 growth strategy. I wonder how rational this “stay put” strategy is, given only 15 percent ... Read more

Q&A: Greg Wenzel, SVP with Booz Allen Hamilton, Discusses AFEI Industry Day

January 7, 2014

On January 10th, Booz Allen Hamilton is hosting and sponsoring the AFEI Industry Day, which will bring together senior DoD leaders from the Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise (DI2E) and Joint Command and Control (JC2) communities to discuss the future of the DoD IT and mission environment. This event will provide a unique opportunity for industry to connect with key leaders and gather insights into agency objectives and mission goals. FedPulse had the unique opportunity to connect with Greg Wenzel, Senior Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group, about this special event. FedPulse: Tell us about AFEI Industry Day. Wenzel:  AFEI is focused on fostering ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Sequestration’s Impact in 2014; Projecting Growth in Aerospace and Defense; and New Contract Wins

January 6, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  With 2013 in our rearview mirror, it seems that 2014 is starting off with a bang – with many stories about new contact wins. Though the specter of sequestration is still looming overhead. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Chief Justice: Sequester Jeopardizes Federal Courts, Public Safety The federal court system would face major staff reductions, trial delays and security risks without additional funding, according to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Not Out Of The Woods Yet: 6 ... Read more

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