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Going Beyond CPARS: Gaining the True Feedback for Contract Retention

June 12, 2013

Constructive feedback is always vital when it comes to contractor performance. In today’s resource-stretched times, there is literally no room for guessing when it comes to how a government customer perceives you. The federal government has systems like the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), which assesses a contractor’s performance and provides a record, both positive and negative, on a given contract for a specific period of time. But CPARS does not provide the full picture that contractors need to improve performance and retain key contracts. “With CPARS, it is often the procurement and contract teams that manage these efforts, which makes the ... Read more

Winning Contractor: General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Provides Next-Gen Cyber Solutions and Focuses on CSR

June 11, 2013

For more than 50 years, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has been delivering world-class end-to-end intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions to the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. The organization’s successes range from delivering the most mission-critical computers for Naval Aviation platforms, to providing camera systems on every mobile surveillance station on U.S. borders, as well as deploying full motion video solutions to more than 10,000 military users. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is continuing this legacy with significant new contract wins.  The company just won a ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Deep Cuts Coming in 2014; Defense Spending Fight in D.C.; and Donald Trump Buys Old Post Office from the GSA

June 10, 2013

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  Darker budget times could be around the corner with a steeper round of cuts slated for October.  So, what is the government doing to save money?  Selling old buildings to Donald Trump, so he can turn them into luxury hotels, as well as focusing more on shared IT services.  All of these things are really happening in this week’s Monday News Round Up. Government Threatens Deeper Cuts in 2014 As agencies wrestle with the fallout from this year’s sequester-related budget cuts, many face an even steeper round of reductions starting ... Read more

Obama Administration Moves Mobility to the Forefront

June 6, 2013

The Obama administration’s Digital Government Strategy is now a year old, and with it comes the task of putting words into action. On May 23rd, the government did just that with the release of standards for the strategy’s mobility deliverables that included the Federal Mobile Security Baseline (FMSB), Mobile Security Decision Framework (MSDF) and Mobile Security Reference Architecture (MSRA). In a May 23 conference call, Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel told reporters, “The future for us really holds a future where mobile is the default computing platform.  We’re not far from mobile being the default computing environment and the fact that we ... Read more

Winning Contractor: TASC Creates New Cyber and Orbital Debris Solutions While Supporting Veterans on the Home Front

June 5, 2013

With a storied heritage that began in 1962 as The Analytical Sciences Corporation, TASC started out providing modeling, simulation, analysis, and evaluation of integrated navigation and guidance systems to the U.S. government. Throughout this period to today, the company went through many acquisitions, as part of Northrop Grumman Information Technology and beyond.  Though one core tenet has remained steadfast about TASC: it is a true leader in providing key innovations to government that ... Read more

Is Qualitative Market Research Valid?

June 4, 2013

Dave Glantz, Director of Research Services, Market Connections, Inc. Debate continues over the “validity” of qualitative research. Whereas quantitative research is seen as the means to achieving “valid” results, qualitative research – in-depth interviews, focus groups and the like – are often viewed as overly subjective, inconsistently applied methods.  However, the term “validity” may sometimes miss the point of what qualitative research is meant to achieve. How can I benefit from qualitative market research? The first step is to think about the goals you have. What do you still need to know from your target audience that will help you understand how ... Read more

Monday News Kick Off: 2014 Government IT Budget Could Hit $110 Billion; Agency Furloughs; More Contractors than Troops; and Much More

June 3, 2013

Welcome to the Monday News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  The times are certainly interesting in the government sector these days.  We have agency furloughs happening while Obama’s proposed 2014 IT budget could hit $110 billion. On top of that, contractors are reportedly outnumbering troops in Afghanistan these days.  It’s enough to make one’s head spin.  Happy Monday! Breaking Down The 2014 IT Budget Request President Obama’s IT budget request for fiscal year 2014 could range as high as $110 billion, when Congress, the federal judiciary and small agencies that do not break out their IT spending are taken into account. House ... Read more

Knowledge is Power: Contract Satisfaction Research Drives Bottom-Line Results

May 30, 2013

In today’s tumultuous federal business climate, where budgetary constraints and uncertainty are causing ripple effects through the public and private sectors, timely third party contract satisfaction research could be the answer to retaining and winning contracts. Contract satisfaction research helps you focus improvements on specific areas that will have the most measurable impact on customer loyalty, retention and growth. This begs the question – where do you begin? Obtaining feedback through third party independent surveys will help to determine if you are meeting your client’s’ needs. Unbiased research via an online or telephone survey will allow you to gain valuable insight into ... Read more

General Dynamics Information Technology and NJVC Lead the Way in Cloud Brokerage Services for Government

May 29, 2013

As a result of an overhaul of the government’s IT procurement process, federal agencies are now required to adopt the GSA’s Cloud First policy, which will allow government to reap the benefits of cloud computing. According to the GSA, these benefits include, maximized capacity utilization, improved IT flexibility and responsiveness, as well as minimized costs. As usual, when a government-mandate is launched, such as the Cloud First policy, agencies need to move quickly and effectively towards compliance, which can be aided through the guidance and solutions from industry members. Fortunately, General Dynamics Information Technology and NJVC are leading the way when it comes ... Read more

Tuesday Morning News Kick Off: Obama Lays Wreath at Arlington Cemetery, One-Year Anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy and Booz Allen Posts Profitable Quarter

May 28, 2013

Welcome to the weekly news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  We hope everyone had a restful Memorial Day Holiday weekend, though many of us were reminded of the true meaning of the holiday when President Obama laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday.  In other federal news, contractors keep winning new contracts and Booz Allen posted a profitable quarter – mainly due to employee downsizing.  Happy Tuesday. President Obama Lays Wreath, Speaks at Arlington National Cemetery In honor of Memorial Day, President Obama laid a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington. Sequestration ... Read more

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