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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Performance Management and the Fiscal Environment; Sequestration Could Claim 155K Jobs; M&A Slows; and Lockheed Celebrates 100th Anniversary

August 20, 2012

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  The federal news cycle is once again buzzing with news surrounding the budget climate.  But it’s not all negative.  SAIC won a big Navy contract and there are 15 agencies presenting new mobile opportunities for contractors.  Happy Monday! Report: GMU Professor Claims Sequestration Equals 155K Lost Jobs According to an economist from George Mason University, sequestration could result in massive job cuts in Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland. Performance Management Challenge: It’s the (Fiscal) Environment, Stupid As the Obama administration continues its push for better achievement of performance goals, federal ...
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Q&A: Marv Gordner, Senior Program Manager, Mission Support Solutions, MorganFranklin, Discusses Burgeoning Growth in Vendor Vetting

August 16, 2012

One of the biggest challenges of providing reconstruction dollars to war-torn areas and government contracts across the globe is the risk of hostile organizations gaining access to and using this funding in nefarious ways. MorganFranklin Corporation, a provider of national security program and mission support services and C4ISR solutions, has emerged as the leading expert in a growing field known as Vendor Vetting, which entails identifying threats and preventing hostile organizations from using reconstruction contracting dollars to fund operations. The FedPulse blog recently spoke with Marv Gordner, Senior Program Manager in MorganFranklin’s Mission Support Solutions practice, about the topic of vendor vetting ...
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Opportunities in Cybersecurity and Health IT Lay Ahead, Despite Government IT Budget Cuts

August 15, 2012

In today’s government budget climate, contractors are continually looking for that silver lining.  With sequestration looming and government IT spending to decrease from $121 billion in 2012 to $113 billion by 2017, contractors need to find a ray of light that will guide them through this turbulence. Our friends at Deltek recently issued a GovWin IQ study that highlights where contractors can achieve positive business growth.  As expected, and as showcased in the Market Connections’ 2012 Government Contractor Study, contractors can see growth opportunities in the areas of cybersecurity, cloud computing and health IT. The GovWin IQ study also points out how ...
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GAO Report Signals Opportunity for Contractors in Agile Software Development

August 14, 2012

Applying agile software development methods to IT projects has been a hot topic as of late at the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  The agency recently unveiled a report highlighting its 32 tips for applying agile development to help improve how the federal government will develop and implement IT infrastructure projects. Specifically, these tips focus on key areas that will help long-term software development projects from becoming obsolete and/or going over budget, which includes addressing impediments, gaining continuous stakeholder feedback, empowering cross-functional teams and tracking progress daily. As we recently highlighted, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DoD/VA ...
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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Republicans Urge Obama to Avoid Sequestration; Paul Ryan Originally Voted for Defense Cuts; and OMB Performance Management

August 13, 2012

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  The Presidential election heated up this weekend with Mitt Romney choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, and the overall government budget issue has become top-of-mind.  So, once again, sequestration is dominating the news cycle, along with plenty of other agency and contractor news.  Happy Monday. Republicans Call on White House to Avoid Sequestration Republicans are calling on President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate to act before sequestration takes place. Paul Ryan: Budget Hawk, But Not on Defense Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan oppose sequestration, though Ryan backed the sequester ...
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WashingtonExec: Q&A with David McClure, USA Search, FedRAMP and Real-Time Big Data Capability

August 10, 2012

Our friends at WashingtonExec recently ran a Q&A with David McClure, Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCIST), that caught our attention. With big data being a burgeoning area for government contractors, it is always ideal to hear about new challenges and innovations from the government executives driving this new movement. You can check out the full Q&A here.
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A Doctor’s Perspective Can Help Contractors Developing Health IT Solutions

August 9, 2012

Sarah Wholey, Research Analyst, Market Connections, Inc. As many contractors are broadening their offerings into the Health IT arena – to augment potential losses from the defense sector – it is critical for them to fully understand how health care practitioners can benefit from new innovations in this burgeoning arena. As part two of a series of posts based on the insights gained from the recent Federal Computer Week- and immixGroup-hosted seminar called “Applying Technology for Improved Health Information Management,” I wanted to highlight the value of Health IT from a doctor’s perspective. Dr. Thomas Lee, Internist, Cardiologist, and Network President, Partners Healthcare ...
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Knowledge is Power: Key to Overcoming Sequestration Uncertainty

August 8, 2012

Sarah Wholey, Research Analyst, Market Connections, Inc. It’s no secret that the government contracting industry is in a state of paralysis right now thanks to sequestration.  The government news cycle is promoting and selling fear and many contractors are letting this influence how they will do business over the next six months. While we are all facing uncertain times, it is critical for contractors to continue to focus on their core businesses, develop and use the right market research and focus on new and innovative capture processes. Contracting software and information solutions provider Deltek recently hosted an event called “Trends and Drivers in ...
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Agencies Under Scrutiny to Provide Better Customer Service

August 7, 2012

Providing the highest level of customer service is paramount for any industry.  For the federal government – whether it’s the I.R.S or the Department of Veterans Affairs – a diverse audience of citizens, military personnel and other government employees make the requirements of good customer service more complex than in other businesses. A new bipartisan bill, introduced July 30 by Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), calls for federal agencies to develop specific standards for customer service.  The Government Customer Service Act would establish what Senator Warner calls a “SWAT team,” driven by the Office of Management and Budget ...
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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Feds ‘Under Attack’ with Sequestration; Audit the Pentagon Act; SAIC Potential Lay Offs; and FCW 2012 Rising Stars

August 6, 2012

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog. Many are now experiencing the ‘dog days’ of summer with nice beach vacations and shortened workweeks with good old summer Fridays.  However, with the future of the government contracting sector in question, no one is really resting easy this summer. The best way to deal with significant change is to arm yourself with knowledge, which we aim to do each week with our Monday Morning News Kick Off post.  Happy Monday. Proposed Law to Shed Sunlight on DOD Budget Sen. Tom Coburn (R-.Okla.) is sponsoring the bipartisan Audit the ...
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