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The Five Stages of Loss and Sequestration

October 23, 2012

In the psychology world, the “Five Stages of Loss and Grief” is a well-known theme for understanding the phases we all experience when a significant loss occurs.  It starts with denial, and then moves to anger, bargaining, depression and ultimately acceptance. With sequestration being a dominant topic for all government contractors over the past 6-8 months, we believe that contractors are entering the ‘acceptance’ phase and are preparing for a new business reality.  Of course, sequestration does not compare to a significant loss on a personal level, though this a very apt metaphor for today’s government contracting environment. In other words, there’s ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: Defense Contractors Donate More to Obama; Romney Rips Obama on Sequestration; NIST Cyber Challenge; and Lockheed Targets International Naval Market

October 22, 2012

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  Naturally, the topic of sequestration is still being highly politicized, with some surprising news: contractors are donating more money to the Obama campaign than to Romney. In addition, Lockheed and other contractors are branching out internationally.  Be sure to check out these stories and much more in today’s post.  Happy Monday! Big Defense Contractors Giving More to Obama The largest defense contractors are giving money to both major party candidates, but President Obama maintains a slight lead in total contributions. Romney’s Strategy of Winning Virginia: Ripping Obama on Defense Cuts Mitt ... Read more

The 2012 PSC Services Sector Overview Paints a Brighter Picture, But Is It Reality?

October 18, 2012

A couple of weeks ago the Professional Services Council (PSC) hosted its annual conference at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV.  As you would imagine, sequestration and the future of the government-contracting sector was the key topic throughout the conference. PSC also recently issued its 2012 PSC Services Sector Overview, which highlighted the state of the government services marketplace overall.  One of the key themes from both the event and the Services Sector Overview was that the market is going to hold its own.  Key main mission requirements for the government will not change – despite the fiscal cliff that ... Read more

New $750 Million IDIQ Reinforces DoD’s Need for Industry Partners

October 17, 2012

With the topic of sequestration dominating the news cycle over the past several months, it’s very easy to fall into a ‘doom and gloom’ mindset and forget that the Department of Defense (DoD) is still very much relying on industry partners. The reality is that new contracts are continually being awarded.  The DoD just announced the award of a $750 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to BAE Systems Technology, DRS Technical Services, General Dynamics Information Technology, L-3 Command and Control Systems and Software and M.C. Dean. These industry partners will be supporting a worldwide network of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance ... Read more

Harvard University’s 111 Bright Ideas Showcases the Nation’s Best Ideas for Government

October 16, 2012

Recently, Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation named its 111 Bright Ideas that are currently being put to the test nationwide in all levels of government, ranging from school districts to public-private partnership. Highlighting a wide range of programs that tackle issues such as urban and rural degradation, environmental problems and the academic achievement of students, a diverse team of policy, academic and public sector experts determined which programs were deemed to be Bright Ideas. “Government innovation does not require endless resources and generous budgets,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center, ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: Top 20 Contracts Billions of Dollars Smaller in 2013; Lockheed Reorganizing; WARN Act; Cyber Attacks in the Rise; and Much More

October 15, 2012

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  The sequestration clock is still ticking away and the level of uncertainty in the government contracting sector is rising quickly.  Though it’s not all dire.  Contracts are being awarded in the military logistics sector and the need for cyber support has never been more pressing.  Be sure to check out this and much more in today’s post.  Happy Monday! Advisers: Romney Would Immediately Reverse DoD Cuts Mitt Romney wants to immediately restore the Pentagon’s base budget to levels proposed by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2012. Sequestration Layoffs: Does ... Read more

GEOINT 2012 Video: Keith Alexander, NSA Director, Discusses New Challenges, Cyber Cloud and Need for Industry Solutions

October 12, 2012

With GEOINT 2012 all wrapped up, USGIF saved one of the most compelling keynote addresses for the last day. Yesterday morning, NSA Director Keith Alexander offered some startling insights into the rise of cyber vulnerabilities, while also offering a positive perspective on new opportunities that technology provides today. Though when it comes to cyber warfare, Alexander believes it is an issue to be collectively solved by everyone – from industry and government to consumers.  In addition, he pointed out that rogue nations that are stealing intellectual property from U.S.-based companies and organizations pose the greatest threat. Most importantly, he discussed how industry, government, ... Read more

The Real Job Destroyer in Contracting

October 11, 2012

Dave Glantz, Director Research Services, Market Connections, Inc. On Oct. 9, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) blog posted an infographic and blog entry that they say “fight against the myth of Pentagon spending as a job creator.” The post asserts that, based on historic data, sequestration cuts to Pentagon spending will not cause widespread job losses. The historic data they cite show a 3% reduction in the contracting workforce among the top 5 defense contractors from 2006-2011, a period in which those same contractors saw a 10% increase in contract dollars. I take issue with the logic of the infographic’s argument. That last five-year period (2006-2011) ... Read more

Why Recruitment Branding Matters in Government Now More Than Ever

October 10, 2012

Laurie Morrow, Director Of Research Services, Market Connections, Inc. In today’s competitive marketplace, the right branding is vital for government agencies when it comes to attracting and retaining the right talent.  In addition, many government employees are nearing retirement age; thus, the need to attract younger talent and keep them engaged is essential to the productivity and long-term viability of government. Though many government agencies are missing the mark when it comes to developing the right branding to attract talented young professionals. In an interview discussing branding with Camille Tuutti of Federal Computer Week, Adam Cole, Senior Director at CEB, stated, “That’s something ... Read more

DNI Clapper at GEOINT 2012: “I’ll Do My Damndest to Prevent Sequestration”

October 9, 2012

This week, more than 4,000 members of the defense and intelligence communities have gathered in Orlando for GEOINT 2012, the nation’s largest annual intelligence conference. Honorable James R. Clapper Jr., Director of National Intelligence (DNI), opened the event with his keynote address and highlighted some key themes for advancing the power of the Intelligence Community (IC). He discussed at length enhanced collaboration, more cloud-based systems and increased security processes to prevent intelligence leaks.  Though at the end of his keynote, General Clapper discussed the big white elephant in the room: sequestration. According to General Clapper, sequestration will be disastrous for the IC.  More ... Read more


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