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Q&A: Eric Webster, Vice President, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems, Discusses New ITT Exelis Helios Program

February 6, 2013

With the rise in severe weather in the U.S., our nation has a need to address a costly and dangerous gap in detecting and verifying severe and threatening weather.  The challenge comes down to not having appropriate real-time intelligence for weather detection and analysis on a hyper-local scale. To meet this need, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems launched an innovative new platform called Helios, which enables traffic and surveillance cameras to function as weather sensors to provide accurate, real-time environmental intelligence for better decision-making and response. We recently spoke with Eric Webster, Vice President of Weather Systems for Exelis Geospatial Systems, about the new ... Read more

PSC: Contractors Are Not “Immune” to Sequestration Cuts

February 5, 2013

There is a perception that government contractors are in a better position to deal with budget cuts than agencies themselves, who face the possibility of putting their employees on furlough. According to the Professional Services Council (PSC), this is the furthest from reality, as highlighted in its recent white paper titled “The (Workforce) Realities of Austerity.” According to the white paper, spending on government services contracts dropped more than $5 billion between 2011 and 2012.  This translated into the elimination of tens of thousands of contractor positions across the nation. The white paper points out that many government executives believe that contractors are ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: Contractors Not Fretting Sequestration; Cities Prepare for Cuts; GSA Addresses Travel Behaviors; FedRAMP Evolves; and Fed 100 Winners

February 4, 2013

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  With conflicting stories about contractor’s perceptions of sequestration and federal agencies shedding thousands of jobs last month, there’s still plenty of confusion and uncertainty regarding the cuts poised to happen in less than a month.  Be sure to check out all of the latest sequestration news and much more in our Monday News Roundup post.  Happy Monday! As Sequestration Looms, Contractors Don’t Fret According to The Washington Post, many contractors are not worried about sequestration, while analysts do not buy into their optimism. Agencies Cut Thousands of Jobs in January Federal ... Read more

Federal Agency Social Media Adoption Reaches Near Ubiquity

January 31, 2013

Although social media is not necessarily a new marketing strategy for many business and government agencies, it seems to be paying off – and more public sector organizations are adopting the right strategies. Social media has allowed agencies to improve communications with citizens – from gathering crowd-sourced data to pushing out time-sensitive communications – and all in a cost-effective manner. Some agencies, like NASA, have been very creative in their social media approaches like the Gangnam-style take-off YouTube video that has received more than four million views. NASA is not the only agency taking a winning approach to social media.  According to a ... Read more

Winning Contractor: ITT Exelis Continues Growth in Face of Uncertain Budget Climate

January 30, 2013

With a storied history that involved the invention of the telephone as International Telephone & Telegraph (ITT), ITT Exelis has evolved into a pioneering organization that meets modern government’s need for innovation. As a highly diversified global aerospace, defense and information solutions company, ITT Exelis has become a textbook example of how an organization can evolve to take advantage of new markets and opportunities. With a focus on networked communications, sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems – as well as expanded capabilities in the cyber security realm – ITT Exelis has been able to secure new ... Read more

National Security to Be First Casualty in ‘War on Sequestration’

January 29, 2013

In anticipation of the pending sequestration cuts slated to go into effect on March 1, the Pentagon recently announced that it has begun laying off many of its 46,000 temporary and contract workers, as well as delaying aircraft and ship maintenance. Even more jarring was the news that the Pentagon will inform Congress of its plans to furlough most of its full-time civilian employees, possibly asking them to take one day off per week. On January 10, outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said, “Regardless of what Congress does or fails to do, we still have an obligation to protect this country.  ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: Navy to Cut 3,000 Shipyard Workers; Insights Into Agencies’ Sequestration Plans; and Lockheed Delivers Solid 4th Quarter Despite Budget Fears

January 28, 2013

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  The new sequestration deadline is nearly one month away.  As expected, the pall of uncertainty that clouded 2012 still lingers.  Be sure to check out this week’s Monday News Round Up, which features all of the latest sequestration news – as well as some good news about contract wins.  Happy Monday! Navy to Cut More Than 3,000 Shipyard Workers The Navy will cut more than 3,000 employees — almost 10 percent — from its shipyard workforce through a civilian hiring freeze and by laying off temporary workers. In addition ... Read more

Part One: Federal IT Budgets and Infrastructures Face Challenges and a New Era

January 24, 2013

This is the first in a three-part series on the future of government IT spending. Federal IT spending will be viewed with a keen eye in 2013, since there are clear indications that it will drop from its steady rate over the past four years, including fiscal year 2012. In what the Professional Services Council (PSC) calls the “Addressable IT Budgets,” the allotted IT budget is due to decline five percent, from $121.7 billion in 2012 to  $115.5 billion in 2013. As Kevin Jones at AOL Government discussed in a recent article, despite the looming threat of the sequestration spending cuts ... Read more

NASA’s Social Media Content Development is Entertaining and Informative

January 23, 2013

More often than not, the government looks to the private sector for trend-setting achievements, but that is not always the case. Contractors can take a lesson from NASA’s book when it comes to developing content and delivering it via social media. The agency is having fun with their content, while at the same time showing off its innovative work. The latter half of 2012 brought the latest entertainment craze, Gangnam Style. NASA jumped on board, posting a Gangham video parody that to date has well over 4 million views on YouTube. Social Media is taking hold in all sectors these days due ... Read more

Sequestration Delay Creates Need for Contractors to Better Understand Government Customer’s Needs

January 22, 2013

The dark clouds may have parted for a brief time with the recent sequestration delay.  But it’s already the second half of January and before we know it, we will find ourselves standing on the precipice once again. Nick Wakeman recently offered his always insightful take in a Washington Technology blog post on how the sequestration delay is presenting a ‘mixed bag’ for contactors. One passage of Wakeman’s post captured our attention: “Contractors are still caught in limbo, so the basic blocking and tackling of business remain paramount – know your customers, understand their problems, understand your weaknesses, control costs and build ... Read more

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