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The White House Pulls Out All Stops in Effort to Cut Sequestration Deal

February 26, 2013

With the sequestration deadline less than one week away, the White House recently changed its approach to convincing lawmakers of the need to prevent the devastating sequestration cuts from occurring. Taking a grass roots-like tack, the White House is now enlisting public servants such as first responders, teachers and nurses to help make the case to lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are reluctant to cut a deal. President Obama has also unleashed his Cabinet members to help spread the message in Congress and across the country.  For example, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack went to Iowa to discuss the implications of the cuts ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: Sequestration Axe About to Fall; EPA May Shut Down for Three Days; Current DoD Contracts Won’t be Cut; and Much More

February 25, 2013

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  For the second time, we are facing a doomsday of sorts this Friday:  the delayed sequester is slated to kick in.  How will things shake out this week?  It’s hard to predict at this point.  Though be sure to catch up on the latest sequestration news and much more in this week’s Monday News Roundup. If Sequestration Happens, What’s Getting the Ax President Obama has been warning that deep cuts triggered by sequestration could be devastating, but many Republicans show no sign of wanting to cut a deal. EPA May Shut ... Read more

Winning Contractor: ManTech Proves That Success Comes By Being an Outstanding Employer

February 21, 2013

ManTech International Corporation (ManTech) has been in business for over 40 years, with its origins rooted in providing technical services to the U.S. Government. From its initial contract in 1968 with the U.S. Navy to today, the company has developed a solid track record of providing innovation, adaptability and critical thinking services to the government. ManTech is a highly diversified global presence, specializing in cyber security, intelligence and counterintelligence, IT, systems engineering, environmental sustainability and healthcare, which is also why it is a leading example of how a successful company can be a great employer. For the seventh year in a row, ... Read more

After 17 Years, It’s More Essential than Ever to Define and Understand Mission Requirements and Success Strategies

February 20, 2013

Market Connections officially marked its 17th anniversary last week. For nearly two decades, the market research firm has applied actionable market intelligence to help government contractors and agencies increase effectiveness and produce results. Rather than focusing on Market Connections’ key milestones during the past 17 years, we would like to shine a light on where the government community has been during this time – and what lies ahead. In 1996, we were on the cusp of a technology revolution that opened the door to the dotcom movement, as well as major advances in telecommunications, satellites and other Internet-driven ... Read more

Tuesday Morning News Kick Off: Sequestration Battle Heats Up (Again); Cuts Would Undermine U.S. World Power; and Cyber Efforts ‘Not Enough’

February 19, 2013

Welcome to the Tuesday morning news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  While many if us enjoyed the long holiday weekend, the federal news cycle moved along at a rapid clip.  With the sequestration deadline less than two weeks away, uncertainty is the new norm for many in government and contracting.  Be sure to check out this week’s Tuesday News Roundup for the latest sequestration news and much more. White House Warns of Sequestration’s Effects The White House and congressional Democrats are sounding the alarm bells over the consequences of sequestration. GOP Urges Obama to Spare Defense Budget Republicans asked for further cuts ... Read more

Survey Shows Budget Crisis and Sequestration Fears Already Severely Impacting Federal Contractors

February 13, 2013

With the federal budget process practically grounded to a halt, federal contractors are hiring and investing less with reduced revenue and historically low profit margins. According to a recent survey by Centurion Research Solutions, more than 90 percent of the 131 industry respondents interviewed indicated they had been impacted by the inability of political leaders to establish a more predicable budget process. Referencing the survey results, Gary Loyd, Centurion’s CEO, noted that, “Only 11 percent of responding companies are making a significant investment in new business initiatives and 67 percent of respondents are doing no or little new hiring, which, of course, ... Read more

Federal IT Budgets and Infrastructures Face Challenges: Part Three

February 12, 2013

PENTAGON CYBER SECURITY TEAM SET TO EXPAND This is the third in a three-part series on the future of government IT spending. Federal IT spending will continue to be a core focus for the foreseeable future until the federal budget and sequestration is sorted out.  Though one area that will continue to be a priority is cyber security. As the Washington Post recently pointed out, the Pentagon is boosting its cyber security workforce, reinforcing that, even with looming budget and personnel cuts, the Pentagon views cybersecurity as a key priority. This measure will up the Defense Department Cyber Command from 900 to ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: White House Warns of Sequestration Damage; Contractors Exaggerating Job Losses; DOE Considers Furloughs and Much More

February 11, 2013

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  Agency furloughs, contractors offering voluntary lay offs, White House warnings, political battles heating up and contractors exaggerating job losses … the state of sequestration is enough to make your head spin.  Fortunately, we have pulled together all of the latest sequestration news and much more in this week’s Monday Morning News Kick Off. White House Warns of Sequestration Damage Across Government The White House released a fact sheet Friday afternoon spelling out the troubling consequences of sequestration, and how the steep budget cuts would hamper the government’s effectiveness. Study: Contractors Exaggerate ... Read more

Federal IT Budgets and Infrastructures Face Challenges: Part Two

February 7, 2013

CLOUD STRATEGY MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO ‘RESET’ METHOD FOR STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT IT This is the second in a two-part series on the future of government IT spending. Whether it’s consolidating data centers to save on power and infrastructure costs or embracing more powerful and flexible IT environments and platforms, “Information technology is at the heart of every federal agency or program’s ability to function successfully,” said Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in a recent statement to Federal Times. “We’ve built an IT infrastructure that is bloated, inefficient, and actually makes it more difficult for the government to ... Read more

More Cancellations for Government Events

February 6, 2013

A new post today from our friends at immixGroup encourages the contracting community to rethink event marketing plans in light of a slew of government event postponements and cancellations and the recent Market Connections poll of government employees about their 2013 event attendance plans. “Unfortunately, we’re seeing more and more examples to prove this re-evaluation is necessary,” wrote Allan Rubin, vice president of marketing at immixGroup. He follows this with four recent examples of defense-oriented event cancellations or postponements. “hen your sales team or corporate office asks you to set up that glitzy product demo at the Ritz to attract 100 federal ... Read more

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