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INFOGRAPHIC: Government Events Preferences in 2013

March 26, 2013

It’s no secret that government agencies are limiting event attendance, but for government contractors, all hope is not lost – government employees still see value in attending certain types of events for specific reasons. The new Government Events PulsePoll™ and infographic from Market Connections, Inc. provides an easy guide for making the most of the government events contractors attend and host this year.                               Based on Market Connections’ Government Events PulsePoll™ released in January 2013, government contractors should consider participating in or hosting smaller, more content-specific events closer to home.  Face-to-face educational events that do not focus on trying to sell something, ... Read more

Monday News Kick Off: Welcome to Sequestration Nation; GSA ‘Overcompensated’ After Scandal; Market Research Drives Contractor Success and Much More

March 25, 2013

Welcome to the Monday news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  We are now officially living in the “Sequestration Nation,” as budget cuts are starting to impact pretty much every aspect of government.  Though, this sobering news can be countered by new wins for contractors like SAIC and ITT Exelis.  Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Monday News Kick Off post.  Happy Monday. Welcome to Sequestration Nation The sequester cuts are beginning to take hold around the country, as highlighted by The Washington Post. Senate Approves 2013 Spending Bill to Keep Government Open Last week, the Senate ... Read more

PODCAST: Linda Cureton, NASA CIO, Opens Up About Her Passion for Government IT and Discusses Secret to Achieving Success

March 21, 2013

Linda Cureton, NASA CIO, has always been a visionary when it comes to implementing the most forward-thinking government IT strategies.  From embracing new cloud-based solutions to innovative social media programs, Cureton has been a driving force for keeping NASA on the cutting edge of technology. Federal Blue Print, hosted by Blue Coat Federal, recently did a podcast with Cureton, where she provided some very candid insights into her passion for IT, as well as her secrets for achieving success.   It is truly an inspirational interview and we recommend listening to the podcast below. Listen to internet radio with Federal Blue Print ... Read more

Q&A: Paul Christman, Vice President of Public Sector, Dell Software, Discusses Quest Acquisition and the Future of Government IT

March 20, 2013

Last fall, Dell acquired Quest Software to enhance its software portfolio of complete end-to-end IT solutions for its customers. As part of this acquisition, Quest’s public sector subsidiary now bolsters Dell’s ability to serve federal, state and local governments and education institutions with software tools that help with data center optimization, application performance management (APM), identity and access management, and virtualization management. FedPulse spoke to Paul Christman, Vice President, Public Sector, Dell Software, about the acquisition and what the future holds for Dell. Christman formerly served as the President and CEO of Quest’s public sector subsidiary. FedPulse: Tell us about Quest’s public sector ... Read more

Connecting Veterans to Jobs with Actionable Research and Insights

March 19, 2013

As the U.S. is wrapping up two major military engagements, our nation is finding itself dealing with the challenge of more veterans on the home front looking for post-military job opportunities.  As a result, military veterans aged 18-24 face a 30 percent unemployment rate. This is a clear signal that we need more efforts to get veterans back to work, especially since these individuals are typically well-trained in information technology, logistics and health IT. At last week’s NAWB Forum 2013, by the National Association of Workforce Boards, Monster Government Solutions hosted a unique panel discussion about transitioning veterans back into the workforce. With ... Read more

Monday News Kick Off: Senate Breaks with No Resolution; Budget Cuts Dangerous to U.S.; National Archives Cancels Tours and Much More

March 18, 2013

Welcome to the Monday news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  Once again, the fallout from the sequester is taking its toll with many agencies preparing to take a major hit.  Though all is not dire.  SAIC just received a $315 million Army contract and others are winning business as well.  Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Monday News Kick Off post.  Happy Monday. Senate Breaks with No Continuing Resolution On Friday, the Senate broke for the weekend without passing a continuing resolution to fund the government through Sept. 30. A funding bill is necessary to ... Read more

Winning Contractor: CSC Streamlines Focus on Emerging Growth Areas and Divests Certain Business Units

March 14, 2013

For more than 50 years, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has developed smart, technology-enabled solutions that address the toughest challenges for government. Specializing in business operations and engineering services for local, state and federal government clients across North America, CSC’s North American Public Sector (NPS) is a $6 billion business unit that employs more than 29,000 employees at hundreds of locations worldwide. Even in today’s post-sequestration environment, the company is known for providing the most cutting-edge technology solutions for advancing government agencies’ mission goals and requirements. As a large organization capable of shifting to meet the needs of today’s government customers, last year, CSC ... Read more

Q&A: Bryan Sartin, Director of the Verizon RISK Team, Discusses New Cyber Threats Against Our Nation

March 13, 2013

As a major player in the federal IT space, Verizon offers a wide range of solutions that help the government better achieve mission success through innovation. The company also offers cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions in the areas of cloud security, managed security services, identity management and access, as well as a wide range of professional consulting services, such as threat and vulnerability assessments and forensics investigation.  It is also well known for its annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, which highlights key cyber trends and emerging threats, and is issued in cooperation with the U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies ... Read more

Using Actionable Research to Prioritize in the Face of Sequestration

March 12, 2013

Monica Mayk Parham, Marketing Director, Market Connections, Inc. With austerity measures going into place, contractors have an opportunity to help government customers prioritize activities and programs, and can apply the same knowledge to their own businesses. If uncertainty continues to rule your customers’ decision-making, market research can help to pinpoint true needs, biggest challenges, top priorities and best opportunities to make a difference for government agencies, even during austere times. Market-based insights will inform both your product and solution development and your government customers’ decision-making about budgets, programs and new procurements. Research can give you a competitive advantage, as well as ... Read more

Monday News Kick Off: Sequestration Hitting Defense Contractors; Fate of Government Pay Freezes Uncertain; Tidal Wave of Furlough Appeals and Much More

March 11, 2013

Welcome to the Monday news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  With many us thinking “what’s next” when it comes to sequestration, uncertainties still abound.  Furlough notices are going out, the fate of the government pay freeze is still up in the air and jobs reports show the sequester came at the worst possible time.  Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Monday News Kick Off post.  Happy Monday. Sequestration Budget Cuts Hitting Defense Contractors U.S. defense contractors are already feeling the sequestration cuts. Bloomberg Government predicts a total $30.8 billion hit for contractors. The U.S. Jobs ... Read more

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