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Pivotal Plays Leadership Awards Highlight the Best from Sports, Business and Community

November 29, 2012

MorganFranklin and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic honored leaders from the business, non-profit and sports communities Tuesday night at the third installment of the Pivotal Plays Leadership Awards. The awards event is designed to bring together thought leaders from government, business sports, and the community to define what constitutes a “Pivotal Play” in their respective fields. This year’s award recipients included Catherine Meloy, president and CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington; Tom Davidson, co-founder and CEO of EverFi, Inc., a leading educational technology company; and London Fletcher, linebacker for the Washington Redskins. Also honored as the inaugural member of the Pivotal Plays Hall of ... Read more

New Rules of Engagement: Ethical Selling Creates New Challenges

November 27, 2012

Selling products and services to the federal government has always been a complex endeavor.  In addition to understanding procurement processes and meeting GSA requirements, there are a number of rules for engaging with government leaders and decision makers that are stringent and often very opaque. If these rules are skirted, the outcome can be disastrous for members of industry, which could lead to suspension or actual debarment. Earlier this month, the Government Marketing Forum (GMF) hosted a panel called “Ethics 2.2: The Changing Rules of Engagement,” which featured insights into how to sell to the government in a way that abides by ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: Sequestration Takes Back Seat in Budget Negotiations; Gov Employee Morale Dips; DISA Goes Mobile; and Pivotal Plays Event

November 26, 2012

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  Now that we have all recovered from the Thanksgiving holiday, it is time to get our heads back in the game. The best way to regain focus on the business at hand after a long weekend is to arm yourself with knowledge, which is our intention with this week’s post.  Happy Monday! Defense Cuts Now Taking Backseat in Budget Negotiations Sequestration has practically disappeared from eleventh-hour discussions on how to avert the ‘fiscal cliff.’ A Graphic Look at Budget Cuts FCW pulled together this illuminating graphic that illustrates the potential impact ... Read more

The Fiscal Cliff and Thanksgiving: Yes, There is a Connection

November 21, 2012

For many, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy some much-needed time away from the office. In the retail sector, this is the most critical time of the year, with Black Friday kicking off the end-of-year consumer spending frenzy and the day’s shopping statistics being considered a solid indicator of consumer confidence, which, in many ways, drives our economy. This year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 147 million people plan on shopping this weekend, which is slightly down from 152 million last year. So how can the NRF combat this  projected dip in shopping ... Read more

Q&A: Scott Andersen of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions Discusses Latest Government Cyber Threats and Innovative Solutions

November 20, 2012

In 2009, Lockheed Martin announced the formation of a unique cyber security technology alliance that collaborates and develops cyber solutions that solve customers’ current and future cyber challenges. The NexGen Cyber Innovation & Technology Center serves as the hub where partner solutions are available for integration, testing and collaboration with customers and technologists. Called the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance, which is comprised of leading technology companies, this organization unveils new research each year that highlights the current state of cyber security and government, as well as new cyber solutions. Earlier this month, Lockheed Martin launched a new white paper titled, “Cyber ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: Fiscal Cliff’s Impact Beyond Government; Government Shutters 64 Data Centers; Lockheed Appointing First Woman CEO; and Much More

November 19, 2012

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog. Once again, we are faced with a news cycle dominated by the ‘fiscal cliff.’  Of course, there is much more going on and, as usual, it’s a mixture of the good, bad and the ugly.   Happy Monday! The Fiscal Cliff and Sequestration Will Impact Many Sectors Beyond Government It goes without saying that the ‘fiscal cliff’ and sequestration are a major concern for federal government.  However, it will also have negative repercussions for retail, municipal government, personal taxes, small businesses, education and overall employment. Latest Cybersecurity Bill Failure Returns Focus ... Read more

What’s the Future of Government Contracting? Take the poll!

November 15, 2012

As a follow-up to this year’s Government Contractor Study, we’re asking contractors whether they think sequestration will occur, and how they are responding to the current state of the federal market. Please take a few moments to answer just four questions on the future of government contracting at  Under no circumstances will your individual answers be divulged – they will only be reported in aggregate with those of other people responding to the study. Results will be released on FedPulse in December. Thank you! FedPulse Editorial Staff Read more

Will Post-Election Discussions Lead to “Fiscal Cliff” Compromise?

November 14, 2012

With the “fiscal cliff” closely looming on the horizon, the post-election honeymoon is over for President Barack Obama. Both parties must work to avert the pending spending cuts and tax hikes that will take place should a compromise not be reached by December 31. Reuters recently reported that a compromise is being negotiated between the Obama administration and congressional leaders that would key in on a deficit reduction package in Congress’ January session. This comes after President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) discussed the matter last Friday, stating they are ready to work together on an agreement, including the ... Read more

Tuesday Morning News Kick Off: Potential Plunge Off “Fiscal Cliff;” Defense Stocks Tumble in Wake of Election; and More on SAIC Split

November 13, 2012

Welcome to the Tuesday morning news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.   With the presidential election, Hurricane Sandy and Veterans Day behind us, it is time to get back to business. Though things certainly are not quiet, and most likely will not quiet down during the lame duck Congress session.  The fiscal cliff looms, contractors are restructuring and everyone is preparing for an uncertain future.  Happy Tuesday. Lame Duck Congress Must Act to Prevent Sequestration Anti-sequestration rhetoric is heating up in the wake of the presidential election. U.S. Congress Created the Fiscal Cliff and May Now Plunge Off It According to Richard Cowan of ... Read more

The Cloud Helped Agencies Stay Connected During Hurricane Sandy

November 8, 2012

Governmental infrastructure issues came into the spotlight with Hurricane Sandy, which brought devastating effects to many communities in its path. In addition to power outages, flooding and downed trees, federal agencies had to contend with the potential loss of system access as a result of archaic data centers. Agencies who have already moved to the cloud faced far fewer problems than those who relied on older, localized systems to handle their data. Was this “frankenstorm” cause for more agencies in the federal sector to take notice? News site The Huffington Post went down on October 29 due to the storm when one ... Read more


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