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CPARS Ratings Are Falling: Service Declining or Standards Increasing?

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Do You Really Know How You’re Performing? Federal contractor performance ratings over the past eight years have fallen from “excellent” to only “satisfactory”. A recent study by Ultimus Performance LLC (UPLLC) identifies a clear and consistent decline in federal contractor performance (CPARS) ratings and a growing proportion of “satisfactory” ratings at the expense of “exceptional”…Read More

Federal Market Trends Reflect What Is Seen Across the General Market

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

At Market Connections, we often tell our clients that buyers and decision-makers sitting in federal government agencies are people, too. They are often affected by general trends as much as the person who lives next door. Result trends we found in our recent Federal Media and Marketing Study are also being found and reported by…Read More

The Real Job Destroyer in Contracting

Thursday, October 11th, 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[s] 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…Read More

VA Takes Bold Steps in Using Research to Repair Supplier Relationships

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Laurie Morrow, Director of Research Services, Market Connections, Inc. When doing research regarding perceptions and attitudes of key stakeholders, it is often very challenging to gain feedback that may be brutally honest or even negative.  The reality is that the most honest feedback from research is always the most valuable and provides organizations with the…Read More

CASE STUDY: Lockheed Martin Establishes Thought Leadership in Cloud Computing

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Lockheed Martin wanted to establish its Cyber Security Alliance as a thought leader in cloud computing and cyber security, while measuring perceptions of the company and other cyber security solution providers. Market Connections conducted an independent study of U.S. government federal civilian, defense, military and intelligence agency IT decision makers to evaluate awareness and attitudes…Read More

Monday Morning News Kick Off: House Approves Cyber Bill; GSA Tool to Verify Social Media Accounts; and Booz Top Employer for Veterans

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Welcome to the inaugural Monday Morning News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog. For anyone working in the government sector – whether as a contractor or as a federal employee – knowledge really is power.  And, the more we arm ourselves with the right information, the better we will perform professionally.   As such, each…Read More

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