January 23, 2014
As a result of sequestration and the 2013 government shutdown, event cancellations and federal travel restrictions have contributed to more than $300 million in federal savings during this time of budget austerity. But reviews have been mixed on whether the savings have been worth it.
After reports of lavish spending by agencies at conferences and events in 2012, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and General Services Administration (GSA) vowed to clamp down. The OMB and GSA told lawmakers on January 14 that progress has been made.
Spending caps on events, video conferencing and event cancellations have lead to savings at multiple ... Read more
January 22, 2014
QinetiQ North America is a leading government contractor with more than 5,300 employees who are helping advance the government’s mission. The term QinetiQ actually comes from a Chinese concept that symbolizes inner strength and energy that ties in the idea of networking and intelligence.
The company originally started in 2001 when the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, Defense Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) privatized its laboratories and test ranges. In 2004, it acquired both Westar and Foster-Miller in the U.S., which ultimately created QinetiQ North America.
Over the past 10 years, the company has established a significant presence in the U.S., and ... Read more
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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