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2017

Mar 21

Federal Managers Still Think Teleworkers Perform Worse, Report Finds
Eric Katz, Government Executive, March 21, 2018
"Federal managers often still discourage employees from teleworking, despite a mandate from Congress and individual agency guidance directing them to expand the program." But the article explores if this is the whole story. [...]

EY Study: 60% of Public Sector Leaders Cite Lack of Gender Diversity in Leadership Teams
Jane Edwards, ExecutiveBiz, March 21, 2017
A new EY study has found that 60 percent of public sector leaders said they think their senior leadership teams lack gender diversity and that 55 percent of them believe women are an underutilized talent pool in the government sector. [...]

Mar 20

70 deals shaping today's market
Nick Wakeman, WT Business Beat, Washington Technology, March 20, 2017
Of the 70 deals, Nick Wakeman picks 10 that stood out from the rest. All of which looks for a busy M&A period in 2017. [...] And a related by Wakeman.

Who are the top tech CFO's in the market?
Ross Wilkers, Washinton Technology, March 20, 2017
The Northern Virginia Technology Council has unveiled the finalists for the 2017 Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards to recognize achievements of financial leaders to help promote the region’s technology community. [...]

GAO: Defense contracting down, civilian agencies steady over 5 years
Tony Ware, Federal Times, March 20, 2017
Defense spending decreased by almost 31 percent between 2011 and 2015, while civilian obligations remained steady, according to an analysis of governmentwide contracting by the Government Accountability Office. [...]

Government: Legacy IT makes federal agencies less secure, study says
Shaun Waterman, Cyberscoop, March 20, 2017
Federal agencies that shift money from maintaining outdated legacy IT systems to modernizing them can expect to see fewer cybersecurity incidents -- as can the agencies that migrate legacy systems to the cloud or implement strict data governance policies, according to a new academic study. On average, for each 1 percent of its spending that an agency shifts from maintaining legacy systems to buying new ones, it can expect a 5 percent reduction in the number of security incidents. [...]

What’s Wrong With the Pentagon’s Civilian Personnel System?
Katherine McIntire Peters, Government Executive, March 20, 2017
Peters shares insights from the Bipartisan Policy Center on managing both military and civilian employees in the Department of Defense, and lists the three main recommendations by the group toward the civilian side: transfer all civilian employees to a DoD personnel system, design pay bands based on expertise, and increase educational opportunities. [...]

Mar 16

COMMENTARY: Be prepared: GWACS, IDIQs will grow in this age of uncertainty
Mark Amtower, Washington Technology, March 16, 2017
Amtower offers tips on how contractors can maintain market share through GWACs and IDIQs. [...]

Mar 13

COMMENTARY: 3 keys to ensuring a smarter M&A strategy
Diane Zanetti, Washington Technology, March 13, 2017
Merger and acquisition activity in the government contracting space is expected to continue to pick up in 2017, as buyers increasingly look to acquisitions to fuel growth amid tighter market conditions and federal budget uncertainties. . . . three keys emerged that all government contractors should be mindful of when considering an acquisition. [...]

Mar 6

New CIO Council Report on Developer Platforms and Common APIs and Services
Margie Graves, Acting Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget, CIO.gov, March 6, 2017
The CIO Council has released a report, Developer Platforms: Shared Services for Common Developer-Focused APIs and Services, developed by an interagency collaboration that seeks to identify and share best practices for Federal departments and agencies on how to internally leverage a new generation of common platform capabilities powered by cloud and hosted application programming interfaces (APIs). The report was developed to support interagency coordination and provide technical and policy innovations to accelerate the Federal Government’s transition from legacy processes and infrastructure to modern approaches. [...]

Jan 9

WT Insider Report: Government buyers looking for value over price
Nick Wakeman, WT Business Beat, Washington Technology, Jan. 9, 2017
Based on the report, Wakeman provides outlook on government technology purchases in 2017 and where security, price and support rank in the purchase. [...]

Jun 19

Report: Acquisition survey finds guarded optimism
Hannah Lang, Washington Technology, June 10, 2016
Federal acquisition leaders are confident about the future of workforce capabilities and see they positive trends in communication and collaboration, a Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton survey found. The eighth biennial Acquisition Policy Survey was released at the AQUIRE tradeshow presented by Washington Technology's parent company, 1105 Media. [...]

CRs are the new normal for acquisition, survey experts say
Carten Cordell, Federal Times, June 10, 2016
The Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton debuted their 2016 Acquisition Policy Survey on June 9, and if one thing is clear to the survey's authors, it's that continuing resolutions are here to stay. The biennial survey -- which polled 80 senior federal acquisition officials on the state of the procurement environment and their thoughts on its future -- has found that budget instability and stop-gap spending have continued to play a major role in the acquisition process, a role that's unlikely to change. [...]

A Summary of the Findings of NCMA's Annual Review of Government Contracting, 2016 Edition
Ray Bjorklund, NCMA, June 10, 2016
This month, NCMA and Deltek released the Annual Review of Government Contracting, 2016 Edition. This edition of the annual report presented data compiled over the last 10 U.S. federal government fiscal years, up to the 2015 fiscal year, and included such data as government agency spending trends, what kinds of contracts were being awarded (and what kinds weren't), data on the commercial firms being awarded those contracts, and much more. [...]

Sustainment as a small biz opportunity
Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology, June 10, 2016
During Mark Teskey's [ACQUIRE] presentation on small business opportunities at the Air Force, he briefly spoke about the small business opportunity in sustainment... The "in" for small businesses is to bring cheaper, quicker innovative solutions...That was one of his main pieces of advice for small businesses – talk about how you can save money, increase effectiveness and bring your past performance and experience. Then you talk about your specific technologies and solutions. [...]

House Oversight Probes Obama's Tech Teams: 'Why Do We Have 18F and USDS?'
Mohana Ravindranath, Nextgov, June 10, 2016
"Why do we have 18F and USDS? What is the value to the government and how does it avoid competing directly with the private sector?" Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., asked during the hearing. "Why not just issue an RFP for these services as we normally do?" Will 18F Impinge on Contractors' Business? [...]

Do you know the 4 Cs of small biz success?
Mark Hoover, Washington Technology, June 10, 2016
At the ACQUIRE Show this week, Deltek director of Industry Analysis Deniece Peterson went over the four Cs of success and why small businesses should pay attention to them. The four Cs for success are as follow: capabilities, customers and partners, contract vehicles, and compliance. [...]

Jun 9

GSA's 18F struggling to pay back start-up funding
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio, June 9, 2016
The testimony of David Powner, GAO's director of IT issues, which Federal News Radio obtained, says 18F spent $8.6 million in 2014 without generating any revenue, and then spent another $31.7 million and generated $22.2 million in revenue in 2015, for a loss of about $9 million. "18F plans to generate revenue that meets or exceeds operating expenses and cost of goods sold beginning in fiscal year 2019," Powner's testimony states. Despite the financial woes, 18F is receiving good reviews on the benefits it brings. GAO says between March 2014 and August 2015 18F helped 18 agencies with 32 projects, ranging from development of custom software to training about agile or iterative development to acquisition services consulting. [...]

Dirty little secret of small business goals
Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology, June 9, 2016
While many agencies are proud of reaching their small business goals in recent years, there is a caveat that often gets overlooked. The real dollars aren't changing much. . . . The issue is that the percentages might be going up but the topline dollars have gone down. So the increase in the percentage doesn't mean that total dollars going to small business have gone up. For the most part the actual dollars going to small businesses have stayed the same. Because the small business spend is flat in dollar value, the percentages have increased as overall budgets have shrunk. This is leading to many questioning the value and importance of agencies exceeding their small business goals. Yes, they are right to be proud, but have they really done anything that has improved the environment for small business? [...]

Jun 8

Acquisition: How agencies seek to shape the acquisition process
Aisha Chowdhry and Chase Gunter, FCW, June 8, 2016 Government officials talked about the future of acquisition strategy and ways to improve its effectiveness on June 8 at the ACQUIRE conference sponsored by FCW. The authors provide a valuable summary of ongoing projects, from innovation labs and product innovation to workforce development. [...]

Industry, government relationship slow to transform cyber habits
Meredith Somers, Federal News Radio, June 8, 2016
As part of the special report, The OPM Breach: What's different now, Federal News Radio looked at how the breach transformed the government's relationship with the private sector. Like the government, industry needed to look at cybersecurity as more than just protecting computers. That means agencies may need the money, the vision to modernize legacy systems and the wherewithal to manage their relationships with industry. And at the same time, industry needs to change how it bids on contracts, provides services to agencies and how it shares information. [...]

Jun 7

Bloomberg Government Team Predicts FY 2016 Reversal of Contract Spending Declines, M&A Reshaping to Continue
Ross Wilkers, ExecutiveBiz, June 7, 2016
Total federal contract spending declined for the sixth consecutive year in the government's 2016 fiscal year but the team of analysts at Bloomberg Government predict that negative trend to reverse in the current FY 2016. In its BGOV 200 study released Tuesday, Bloomberg Government said federal unclassified contract spend for fiscal year 2015 fell nearly 1.5 percent to a $440.8 billion figure the team said in the report summary may be the bottom of the downward trend. [...]

'Delivering on Digital' Provides a Playbook for Governments in an Age of Transformation
Deloitte, PRNewswire, June 7, 2016
Deloitte University Press today released "Delivering on digital: the innovators and technologies that are transforming government," a new book by William D. Eggers, director of public sector research at Deloitte Services LP. The book explores how a new generation of digital innovators are using tools such as cloud computing, mobile devices and analytics to reform and modernize long-standing processes within government. It also explores how these digital innovators are overcoming barriers such as legacy systems, silos, embedded cultural norms, procurement limitations, workforce deficits, limited funding, competing priorities and cybersecurity risks. [...]

Replay: The BGOV200 federal industry leaders
Duncan Amox, Bloomberg Government, June 7, 2016
Bloomberg Government released the fifth annual BGOV200 -- a ranking of the top 200 federal contractors ranked by prime, unclassified contract obligations in fiscal 2015. Quantitative Analyst Duncan Amos and Head of Government Contracting Solutions, Donald Thomas, discussed the rankings, the accompanying report and the methodology. Among the takeaways, Total contract spending in fiscal 2015 was $440.8 billion, a 1.5 percent decline from $447.6 billion in fiscal 2014. The share of total government obligations won by the top 200 was 62 percent, the same as in fiscal 2014. [...]

Culture change critical as agencies try to innovate -- IT officials
Whitney Blair Wyckoff, fedscoop, June 7, 2016
Several federal IT execs at the Federal Innovation Summit touted unique programs their agencies are spearheading -- including a virtual reality program for a USDA office's training team. Fully embracing innovation in the federal government requires a culture change by officials, said many speakers at the Federal Innovation Summit Tuesday. [...]

Comment: The time for category management is now
Jennifer Glazer and Meridith Barnard, FCW, June 7, 2016
Category management shouldn't be an initiative we watch go away with the passing of the current administration. It presents attainable and lasting benefits for all of government because of its focus on the entire acquisition life cycle. It's time for agency executives to rigorously apply category management practices to demonstrate improvements that can be made in how the government operates, with particular attention paid to the talent and resources needed to support it. [For example,] Acquisition professionals now have access to data and market intelligence that help them do their jobs more effectively. [...]

Opinion: Leading change and the CEO's role as chief explaining officer
John Hillen, Washington Technology, June 6, 2016
Leadership and government contracting expert John Hillen explains how leaders lead change and bring their organizations with them. Saying 'because I said so' just isn't an effective change management strategy. [...]

Jun 3

Opinion: Doth thou protest too much?
Stan Soloway, Washington Technology, June 3, 2016
Soloway provides background on protests and suggestions for change. [...]

Jun 1

Vencore Collaborates With George Mason University To Measure Risk-Reward Of Government Cyber Investments
PRNewsire, June 1, 2016
Vencore, Inc. announced today that it will collaborate with the George Mason University School of Business to develop a pragmatic and deployable cyber risk assessment methodology and tool. The goal of this work will be to assist federal agencies in analyzing the value of information that is susceptible to cyber intrusions and determining investments targeted at thwarting cyberattacks. . . . . "This project will provide insight into the questions that occur after every cyberattack about the enormous financial and other impacts," said Mac Curtis, president and chief executive officer of Vencore. . . . "The topic of valuation is important in multiple fields of business and our research team from the Information Systems and Operations Management Department is uniquely positioned to bring expertise in the valuation of data as an asset to this program," added Sarah Nutter, the dean of George Mason's School of Business. [...]

May 31

Q&A with Steve Charles of immixGroup: The Changing Federal IT Landscape
Melissa Thompson, WashingtonExec, May 31, 2016
The Institute for Sales Excellence (IES) recently announced that immixGroup co-founders Steve Charles and Jeff Copeland and former president and CEO Art Richer will be awarded its 6th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards on June 3. The leaders will be recognized for guiding a company that helps technology enterprises do business with the federal government. Past award winners have included leaders at Oracle, Cisco, IBM, and NetApp. [WashingtonExec] conducted a Q&A with Steve about his career in public sector sales and the changing federal IT landscape. [...]

White House Outlines 7 Strategies to Help Federal Agencies Develop Big Data R&D Plans
Jane Edwards, ExecutiveGov, May 31, 2016
The White House's National Science and Technology Council has published a document that details seven strategies on how federal agencies can create and expand their individual research and development plans for big data programs. NSTC said the Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan calls for agencies to increase investments in collection and analysis of large data volumes and leverage such data to develop new services. [...]

Deltek Report Identifies Top 5 Federal Spenders on Contracts for Small Biz Offerings
Mary-Louise Hoffman, ExecutiveGov, May, 27, 2016
A Deltek analysis of federal contracting activity found that the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Agriculture spent the most on prime contracts with small businesses during fiscal 2015. Kyra Russell, a Deltek principal research analyst, wrote in a blog entry posted Thursday the five departments collectively accounted for nearly 80 percent of eligible small business contract awards by the government over the past three fiscal years. [...]

May 27

Transportation takes control of IT buying across the department
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio, May 27, 2016
The Transportation Department stopped any new technology buys until it had an inventory of its current IT. That was one of DoT's first steps to implementing the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). Richard McKinney, Transportation's chief information officer, said the freeze was an initial step to bring the acquisition, budget and technology offices closer together. [...]

May 26

FedRAMP Is Too Complicated, Not Secure Enough: Survey
Charles Babcock, InformationWeek, May 26, 2016
The FedRAMP standard for federal agency use of cloud services has too many complications in its operations and lacks the assurance of security, according to the results of a MeriTalk survey. MeriTalk, a public/private partnership that publishes IT best practices for the federal government, released the results of its FedRAMP survey earlier this week. The survey, conducted online in April 2016, received responses from 150 federal IT leaders responsible for cloud decisions in their organizations. The majority of respondents (79%) said they were frustrated with the system, while 59% said they would consider implementing a cloud service for their agency that was not FedRAMP compliant. [...]

May 25

3 takeaways from the life of a CIO
Carten Cordell, Federal Times, May 25, 2016
In a May 23 roundtable discussion at ACT-IAC's Management of Change conference, four agency CIOs — who, per conference rules, may not be identified — talked about the day-to-day challenges and opportunities of being the top information officers. [...]

Information Technology: Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems
David A. Powner, US Government Accountability Office, Testimony Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, May 25, 2016
The federal government spent more than 75 percent of the total amount budgeted for information technology (IT) for fiscal year 2015 on operations and maintenance (O&M) investments. Specifically, 5,233 of the government's approximately 7,000 IT investments are spending all of their funds on O&M activities. Such spending has increased over the past 7 fiscal years, which has resulted in a $7.3 billion decline from fiscal years 2010 to 2017 in development, modernization, and enhancement activities. Many IT O&M investments in GAO's review were identified as moderate to high risk by agency CIOs and agencies did not consistently perform required analysis of these at-risk investments. Until agencies fully review their at-risk investments, the government's oversight. [...]

Federal CIO on IT Upgrade Fund: 'The Bigger Risk Is Not Doing Anything'
Frank Konkel, NextGov, May 25, 2016
Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott used a congressional hearing Wednesday on the government's outdated technology to argue for legislation that would create a $3.1 billion modernization fund agencies could borrow against to upgrade their most critical systems. [...]

May 24

Contractors expect higher profits in 2016
Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology, May 24, 2016
There is plenty of good news in Deltek's latest Clarity survey of the government contracting industry, including reported increases in profits and growth, the first time both have increased in the same year. . . . But as I read about the challenges, I'm struck by the many parallels between the challenges faced by government contractors and by their customers. [...]

May 20

The man behind SBA's $6.5B annual give away for startups
Wyatt Kash, fedscoop, May 20, 2016
Why entrepreneur and investor Mark Walsh thinks he now has the best job in the federal government. [Walsh leads] the Small Business Administration's Office of Investment and Innovation where he helps dole out $6.5 billion annually in seed capital and loans to promising startups through the agency's Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, program and Small Business Investment Co., or SBIC. [...]

May 19

Second FITARA scorecard: Only one failing grade
Aaron Boyd, Federal Times, May 19, 2016
Six months after Congress graded agencies on their adoption of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released its second scorecard, which saw most agencies making slow progress. FITARA -- passed in December 2014 -- was the first major IT governance legislation in almost two decades, giving department CIOs more authority over their counterparts at bureaus and components and codifying a number of best practices. [...]

With Expected Federal Shift From LPTA to Best-Value Partners, Serco's David Dacquino Is Seizing the Moment
Lisa Singh, WashgingtonExec, May 19, 2016
In an interview, Dacquino offers insights on LPTA, a return to protege arrangements between prime and sub contractors, and opportunities for mid-tier contractors. [...]

May 18

Final rule sets minimum bar for securing contractor IT systems
Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology, May 18, 2016 The government finalized a rule this week that puts some basic requirements on contractors to protect government information that resides on their internal systems. The rule, known as Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems, covers data that is either given to the contractor (other than public information) or is produced by the contractor for the government. [...]

May 17

Executive Mosaic's Top Human Resources Executives in Government Contracting
Nicholas Hoffman, ExecutiveBiz, May 17, 2016
The government contracting industry and its agency customers are both grappling with questions as to how they can keep pace with fast technology advancements as requirements and demands of users change with those trends. . . . ExecutiveBiz's editorial leaders and staffers reached out to GovCon companies and federal agencies to identify who they view as the sector's most prominent human resources executives for this website's first annual Top Human Resources Executives Award selection. In that process, we asked awardees to identify the main challenges and trends that drive efforts by public and private sector organizations to identify, recruit, train and retain qualified workers in the GovCon arena. [...]

For Mehul Sanghani's Octo Consulting Group, Taking On IT Industry Giants Is All in a Day's Work
Lisa Singh, WashingtonExec, May 17, 2016
Mehul Sanghani, CEO of Octo Consulting Group, offers insights for mid-tier companies competing for federal IT contracts. [...]

May 16

Find Out How Startups Can Sell to the Nation's Largest Customer
Eric Hal Schwartz, Tech, May 16, 2016
Washington, D.C. tech startups face an often daunting maze in pursuit of federal government contracts. Wanting to share her own map of that labyrinth after years as a government IT contractor drove Meagan Metzger to found tech startup accelerator Dcode42 just steps away from the White House last year. It's the same mission that inspired her to create the series of events that make up Dcode42's first Power Week. "There's so much money available," Metzger told DC Inno in an interview. "Sometimes it's hard [for startups] to see the best way to get those contracts. The connections we show them can make the difference." [...]

Seven priorities for innovating with data in government
Wyatt Kash, fedscoop, May 16, 2016
Government and private sector IT leaders met with FedScoop and shared their top recommendations for using data more effectively. . . . The executives, who included federal agency CIOs, chief technology officers and IT industry executives, were then tasked with developing a top priorities list for federal agencies to keep in mind as they consider their IT investment strategies. [...]

May 13

Who are the market's best small businesses?
Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology, May 13, 2016
Five small business were recognized Thursday night by the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) as some of the best in the business. Also winning awards from SECAF were companies and individuals that were recognized for their contributions and support of small businesses. SECAF has been giving the awards annually for eight years. The contractor of the year winners were: Fusion PPT, in the under $6 million revenue category; Apogee Research in the $6 million to $12 million category; and Intelliware Systems Inc. in the $12 million to $25 million category. [...]

May 9

Opinion: Too soon to say good-bye to LPTA? Stan Soloway, Washington Technology, May 9, 2016
Few issues have so galvanized the private sector in recent years as the government’s overuse of what is known as “lowest price/technically acceptable” acquisition strategies, or LPTA. The examples of the misuse of what, when used appropriately, is a perfectly reasonable acquisition approach are legion and cases are cropping up that suggest the tide might finally be turning. But to what extent? [...]

Defense Business: These Are Nervous Times for Contractors
Sandra I. Erwin, National Defense, May 9, 2016
Erwin presents an interesting discussion on the impact of Defense Department acquisition policies on government contractors. [...]

May 4

Community: Three leadership lessons Earle Williams' life teaches us
Todd Stottlemyer, Washington Technology, May 4, 2016
Leadership lessons to live by. [...]

GSA Aims to Support Agencies’ Tech Modernization Efforts Via New Service Line
Mary-Louise Hoffman, ExecutiveGov, May 4, 2016
The General Services Administration has created a third service line to help federal agencies identify and acquire tools and platforms to digitally transform their organizations. GSA established the Technology Transformation Service organization to house the agency’s digital services group 18F, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies and Presidential Innovation Fellows program, the agency said Tuesday. [...]

May 3

Small, mid-tier players drawn to strategic M&A activity
Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology, May 3, 2016
How elements of size and competitive stragegy led to a merger of DLH Holdings Corp. and Danya International. [...]

GSA’s 18F Hub Unveils New Contract Forecasting Tool
Jay Clemens, ExecutiveGov, May 3, 2016
The General Services Administration‘s 18F digital services organization has introduced an open source tool designed to display contract forecasting opportunities as part of GSA’s effort to help companies do business with the government. 18F sought to apply feedback it received from small businesses on topics such as types of information companies need to pursue federal contracts in order to design and develop the tool, GSA said Monday. [...]

May 2

What getting to agile looks like from the trenches
Steve Kelman, FCW, May 2, 2016
Kelman identifies "two distinct challenges to getting contracting officers and program managers to embrace agile. One involves culture, and is somewhat different for contracting and program people. The other involves the impact of agile on an employee's workload, which Inman feels are actually more of an issue for program than contracting people." [...]

Opinion: DOD revamps source selection process
Bob Lohfeld, Washington Technology, May 2, 2016
In a continuing effort to improve the Defense Department’s source selection process, Claire Grady, director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics issued new source selection procedures (SSP) on March 31 that rescind the previous policies issued five years ago. [...]

Federal Insider: The Oscars for civil servants: Meet this year’s finalists
Lisa Rein, Washington Post, May 2, 2016
New techniques to detect and stop terrorist-made explosives, a halt to the spread of a wildlife epidemic, a new generation of personal protective equipment to make construction workers safe, reduced medical errors — these are some of the accomplishments of the federal employees nominated for this year’s prestigious civil service awards, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. Heyman was the founder of the Partnership for Public Service and served as chairman from its start in September 2001 until his death in November 2009. The Sammies honor him and the federal employees singled out for groundbreaking work. This is the competition’s 15th year. [...]

Apr 28

SBA Releases FY2015 Small Business Procurement Scorecard Marking Federal Agencies' Contracting Achievements
PRNewswire, Apr. 28, 2016
The U.S. Small Business Administration today released its annual Small Business Procurement Scorecards, which provide an assessment of each federal agency's annual small business contracting achievement against its goal using a grade of A+ through F. The federal government received an "A" on the government-wide scorecard for 2015, reflecting significant efforts by federal agencies toward meeting their 23 percent statutory goal. [...]

Apr 27

WashingtonExec Celebrates Five Years of Business, Message from CEO
WashingtonExec, Apr. 27, 2016
JD Kathuria and WashingtonExec achieve their fifth year anniversary by filling an important niche -- combining their skills at attracting high-level executives as members, readers and roundtable participants with methods to elevate outcome-oriented networking for the community. [...]

PSC Asks House Armed Services Committee to Forego Protest Process Changes in FY17 NDAA
Professional Services Council, Press Release, Apr. 27, 2016
PSC raises concerns on two proposed amendments to the protest process: one on the process itself, the other that would require companies to reimburse the government for any failed protests. [...]

Apr 25

When it Comes to Engagement With Citizens, the Government Is Finally Paying Attention
Nextgov, Tech Insider, Apr. 25, 2016
Teresa Weipert, senior vice president of Sutherland Government Solutions and a member of the Mason GovCon Board of Advisors, suggests that government agencies must adapt to a cultural shift. They must adopt a new citizen engagement strategy involving technology, policy, programs, best practices, intra/interagency collaboration, customer-friendly interactions and mechanisms for feedback on service delivery. [...]

DoD’s service contracts overhaul might serve another 12 years
Scott Maucione, Federal News Radio, Apr. 25, 2016
The Defense Department’s revamp of the way it handles services contracts could take 12 more years before the effort is completed. “I really look at this as a 15-year effort that we are about three years into,” said Ken Brennan, DoD’s deputy director of services acquisition during an April 25 Professional Services Council event in Arlington, Virginia. “My goal is that services [contracts] become less of a standalone and just more of the general culture and policy.” Brennan said despite the long timeline, DoD is making progress on implementing the instruction it released in January and sees the potential for new guidance regarding small business in the administrative services realm. [...]

Procurement: New bill would discourage DOD from using LPTA procurements
Washngton Technology, Apr. 25, 2016
A new bill, the Promoting Value-Based Defense Procurement Act, has been introduced that would discourage the Defense Department from using lowest price technically acceptable evaluation criteria in IT acquisition, according to FCW. The Senate sponsors, Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said that LPTA is overused and “provides no incentive for DOD to seek out the most innovative IT and engineering solutions, especially important as we are working to encourage more innovation in cybersecurity,” Senator Warner was quoted as saying. [...]

Bringing Clarity to the Clutter in Government Marketing
Federal News Radio, Apr. 25, 2016
Do you ever wonder how your marketing efforts are connecting with your government customers? Hear from 5 former federal senior IT and acquisition executives what marketing tactics work and don’t work only on “Market Chat” – a new program brought to you by Government Marketing University “Market Chat"’ brings clarity to the clutter in government marketing. Participants: Kimberly Hancher, Former CIO, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Casey Coleman, Former CIO, General Services Administration; Simon Szykman, Former CIO, Department of Commerce; John Johnson, Former Assistant Commissioner for Integrated Technology Services, General Services Administration; and Keith Trippie, Former Executive Director, Enterprise System Development Office, Department of Homeland Security. [...]

Apr 22

New bill looks for clarity on cost-based procurement at DOD
Aisha Chowdhry, FCW, Congress, Apr. 22, 2016
Proposed legislation would discourage Defense Department officials from using lowest price technically acceptable evaluation criteria in IT acquisition. The sponsors on the Senate side, Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), said they believe LPTA is overused, especially when it comes to IT. In a statement announcing the bill, Warner said relying on LPTA "provides no incentive for DOD to seek out the most innovative IT and engineering solutions, especially important as we are working to encourage more innovation in cybersecurity." [...]

Northern Virginia Chamber Announces 2016 Greater Washington Innovation Awards Winners
Alex Chagouris, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Press Room, Apr. 22, 2016
The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber), formerly Fairfax Chamber, announced the winners for the 2nd Annual Greater Washington Innovation Awards, the premier event celebrating the thought leadership, innovation, and creativity of the individuals and organizations in select industries in the Greater Washington metro area. The winners were announced live at the April 21st awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Reston. [...]

Apr 21

Promoting Value Based Defense Procurement Act
Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Press Release, Apr. 21, 2016
U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) have introduced S. 2826, the bipartisan Promoting Value Based Defense Procurement Act. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA). The legislation would ensure that the Department of Defense (DoD) seeks the best long-term value for the taxpayers during the procurement process for complex information technology and engineering services by providing greater clarity on DoD’s existing Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable (LPTA) evaluation criteria. [...]

Making It Easier to Get On IT Schedule 70 With the Startup Springboard
GSA Blog, Apr. 21, 2016
Through Startup Springboard, GSA has reduced the amount of time it takes a new business to engage in Multiple Award contracts. [...]

Implementing contracting best practices: The challenge ahead
Michael P. Fischetti, National Contract Management Association, Federal Times, Apr. 21, 2016
Notes the challenges faced by contractors serving the federal market, while acknowledging that the need for government services will remain. [...]

Government and Industry Need to Clean Up Their Procurement Act
Robert K. Ackerman, AFCEA Signal, Apr. 21, 2016
Quote of the Day: “We have to change the way procurement is done. Government is losing out on the best of industry.” —Meg Whitman, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Government and business agree that the culture of acquisition needs to change. An expanded and open conversation may be the start. [...]

Opinion: 3 things to remember as category management gains ground
Steve Charles, Washington Technology, Apr. 21, 2016
Offers background on advice category management, Acquisition Gateway, and insights for vendors. [...]

Apr 20

Despite Pentagon outreach, small tech firms say military contracting poses big challenges
Aisha Chowdhry, FCW, Procurement, Apr. 20, 2016
Silicon Valley executives are voicing frustration and concern about the length of time it takes for contracts to work their way through the government. [...]

Apr 19

7 things to know about CSRA
Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology, Apr. 19, 2016
Wakeman offers highlights of a discussion with top CSRA leaders regarding the merger between CSC and SRA and the future of CSRA. [...]

Apr 18

ITRC Report: Data Breaches Compromise 57M Social Security Numbers in Government Sector Since 2005
Jane Edwards, ExecutiveGov, Apr. 18, 2016
A new report from the Identity Theft Resource Center says there were 6,013 reported cases of data breaches since 2005 across the government, financial services, healthcare and education sectors. The nonprofit organization collaborated with Arizona-based information security firm IDT911 on the study and found that nearly 6.2 million personal data have been exposed in 2016 alone. [...]

Apr 15

Opinion: Small businesses: Don't overlook your digital marketing strategy
Mark Amtower, Washington Technology, Apr. 15, 2016 Amtower both reminds and rings the bell on the importance of marketing to a small business and ideas on what that marketing would look like. [...]

Changeis Inc. Wins 2016 US Women’s Chamber of Commerce Innovation and Performance Award
Lauren Budik, WashingtonExec, Apr. 15, 2016
Changeis Inc. announced that the company has been selected as the 2016 winner of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC) Innovation and Performance Award. Changeis was selected for this award based on proven contract outcomes and high customer satisfaction year-over-year. [...]

Apr 14

Are vets getting short changed in today's market?
Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology, Apr. 14, 2016
Wakeman asks, Is this true? [...]

Apr 13

Winning in today's market requires new strategies
Bob Davis, Washington Technology, Apr. 13, 2016
Davis provides an interesting read on business tactics to promote growth when markets struggle, the changing nature of prime-to-sub relationships, and a glimpse of what a business recompete strategy would look like. [...]

Secrets to Mid-Tier Company Growth: ASRC Federal CEO Mark Gray
Brynn Koeppen, WashingtonExec, Apr. 13, 2016 For a mid-tier businesses competition is more fierce than ever. Small business set-asides are growing. So is pressure to navigate being a low-price or best-value player – a tension that will only grow as we settle into an unpredictable election season and beyond. [...]

Helping women and their businesses to succeed
Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm, Women of Washington, Apr. 13, 2016
Erin Andrew, assistant administrator of the Small Business Administration joins Women of Washington hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm to talk about her personal journey and the work at SBA that is helping woman businesses like the program InnovateHER. During the second half of the in the show, two finalists competing in this year’s InnovateHER challenge, Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson from Mamava and Susanne Shoemaker from Undercare, join the discussion. These inspiring women share their experiences and insights of being small women owned business today. [...]

US CIO Tony Scott on fixing cybersecurity's talent gap
Jack Detsch, The Christian Science Monitor, Passcode, Apr. 13, 2016
At a Passcode event Tuesday, the US chief information officer said the federal government wants candidates who know languages, biology, and anthropology to fill cybersecurity roles – and one of its most important hires, the new chief information security officer, will be announced within 30 days. [...]

Apr 12

Contracting: Vendors are moving briskly in GSA's FASt Lane trial
Mark Rockwell, FCW, Apr. 12, 2016
Forty-four companies made it through the General Services Administration's trial of a simplified, fast-track admission process for its IT Schedule 70 contract, with a third of those getting contracts within 20 days, according to the agency. [...]

Apr 11

Former Pentagon Official Offers Insight and Warnings to Defense Contractors
Sandra I. Erwin, National Defense, Apr. 11, 2016
As Erwin writes, "The atmosphere is tense in the defense sector." And with many good reasons, based on her interview with Mary Evans, who worked at the Pentagon. It reflects an interesting mix of interests, practices, and needs. [...]

Apr 7

Opinion: 5 marketing tenets you need to know for today's market
Bob Davis, Washington Technology, Apr. 7, 2016
Provides a refresh on marketing and its impact on revenue growth. [...]

Denise Turner Roth: New GSA Initiative Aims to Ease Access to Gov’t Biz Opportunities
Jay Clemens, ExecutiveGov, April 7, 2016
The General Services Administration has launched a new initiative to aid companies in their efforts to do business with the government. GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth wrote in a blog post published Wednesday that the new slate of government programs under the Making It Easier initiative are meant to provide tools to government suppliers. [...]

Apr 6

Analyst Insights, Contracting: Your contract may be at risk under category management
Paul Murphy, Bloomberg Government, Apr. 6, 2016
Thousands of single-award and definitive contracts, worth more than $1.2 trillion since fiscal 2011, are at risk of being consolidated onto a much smaller number of multiple-award contracts (MACs), according to Bloomberg Government analysis of the General Services Administration’s aggressive category management initiative. The new approach, known as category management, would group all procurement into 19 new GSA-defined markets — 10 of which are focused on civilian agencies, 9 for the Department of Defense. [...]

Opinion: How to ask if an incumbent is performing well
Dennis Lucey and Gary Shumaker, Washington Technology, Apr. 6, 2016
If we’d like to know before we bid, how the incumbent is doing, we can always ask. But who do you ask, when, and how? [...]

Apr 5

SECAF names finalists for 8th annual Government Contractor Awards
Mark Hoover, Washington Technology, Apr. 5, 2016
The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum has selected the finalists for its Eighth Annual Government Contractor Awards, honoring small and emerging government contractors as well as industry players that rely on small businesses. [...]

4 issues the government needs to tackle to ensure accountability
Carten Cordell, Federal Times, Apr. 5, 2016
With issues at the VA and resulting from the OPM unlikely to go away before Jan. 20, the National Academy of Public Administration gathered a panel on April 5 to discuss how the next administration can best assure accountable operations without alienating federal employees. Comptroller General, and GAO chief, Gene Dodaro said that while there are many accountability aspects that stretch across the federal sphere, there are some that should be addressed now: Leveraging Technology, Managing Finances, Adapting to Change, and Securing Talent. [...]

Apr 1

3 things you should know about D.C.’s government technology contractors
Carolyn M. Proctor, Washington Business Journal, Apr. 1, 2016 From the big mergers of 2015, to new companies in the list, to new CEOs. [...]

Analysis: How the post-sequestration market is changing your business
Russell Smith, Washington Technology, Apr. 1, 2016
Smith asks the question, what have government contractors done to survive in the post sequestration era? He surveyed small, medium, and large business, 15 each for a total of 45. The survey was either on the phone or in person. The survey found that companies have made changes in two areas: Solution development and Business development. [...]

Mar 31

Why climate matters when you make a career transition
John Hillen, Washington Technology, Mar. 31, 2006
This is the third column in a monthly series on strategy and leadership issues in the government contracting and technology industry. His insight will make you think -- or rethink -- what you want out of the transition. [...]

Mar 30

‘Not for the faint of heart’: Small and midsize defense contractors struggle in cost-cutting climate
MJ McAteer Virginia Business, Mar. 30, 2016
Defense contracting, once a reliable mainstay of Virginia’s economy, has been hit hard by sequestration and the federal government’s emphasis on austerity. For small and midsize defense contractors, in particular, doing business has become particularly challenging. [...]

Mar 28

Remembering Earle Williams
Nick Wakerman, Washington Technology, Mar. 28, 2016
Wakerman has it right: "The government contracting industry and the Northern Virginia region lost a great leader last week with the death of Earle C. Williams." [...]

GSA's contracts revamp could help small IT companies
Billy Mitchell, fedscoop, Mar. 28, 2016
The General Services Administration is currently transforming its Multiple Award Schedules contracts, which should make it easier for smaller, more innovative companies to do business with the government, the official leading the effort said Thursday. [...]

Mar 25

Opinion: Can you clear the hurdles to organic growth?
Bob Davis, Washington Technology, Mar. 25 2016
Davis presents three types of organic growth and the challenges and opportunities with each. [...]

Survey: Federal agencies woefully unprepared to stop data breaches
Jaikumar Vijayan, Christian Science Monitor, Mar. 25, 2016
Despite the US government's increased spending on cybersecurity protections, a survey released Friday found that 90 percent of federal technology officials say their agencies remain dangerously vulnerable to breaches. In fact, some 60 percent of tech officials surveyed said their organizations have suffered some kind of breach in the past year. [...]

Mar 24

FEMA, HHS turn to ‘social listening’ for better disaster response
Nicole Ogrysko, Federal News Radio, Mar. 24, 2016 In the past, agencies like FEMA would create an action plan for a specific disaster after it collected data from local and state organizations, or it would send emergency response teams specifically to the scene to gather more information. But those strategies take too much time. . . . Now, FEMA and the Red Cross are monitoring social media outlets, collating information in real time and using it to act immediately. [...]

Mar 23

CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY: DOD to host meets with companies for innovation outreach program
Matthew Weigelt, Washington Technology, Mar.23, 2016
The Defense Department will host meetings with companies this summer in support of its Rapid Reaction Technology Innovation Outreach Program -- announcement link. DoD is looking for innovation technologies and solutions in a broad range of IT projects. Deadline: April 19. [...]

OFPP aims to double digital IT acquisition specialists
Carten Cordell, Federal Times, Mar. 23, 2016
As part of its push toward more efficient acquisitions, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy is looking to train 60 digital IT acquisition specialists by the end of the year. U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung said in a speech at the March 22 ACT-IAC Acquisition Excellence conference that through a partnership with the U.S. Digital Service, OFPP will graduate 30 digital IT acquisition specialists next month and will train another class before the end of 2016. [...]

Rung, OFPP sow seeds of acquisition reform
Carten Cordell, Federal Times, Mar. 23, 2016
Speaking at the ACT-IACs Acquisition Excellence 2016 conference, Rung spoke on using technology to bettern enable procurement solutions. In addition, the GSA category management program is gaining wider acceptance across government agencies. [...]

Mar 22

Cybersecurity incidents rise even as feds get better
Aaron Boyd, Federal Times, Mar. 22, 2016
Federal agencies fended off more than 77,000 attacks on government networks last year, 10 percent more than encountered in 2014, according to a new report from the Office of Management and Budget. [...]

WT INDUSTRY DAY: Commerce officials talk priorities, opportunities at WT Industry Day
Mark Hoover, Washington Technology, Mar.22, 2016
Based on Washington Technology's Industry Day, Hoover presents tips for small businesses interested in meeting the IT needs of the Commerce Department. A quick and interesting read, particularly for 8(a) companies. [...]

NIH to Add Small Biz Spots on $20B IT GWAC Program
Mary-Louise Hoffman, ExecutiveBiz, Mar. 22, 2016
The National Institutes of Health plans to add more vendors to a potential $20 billion small business set-aside contract vehicle that covers information technology support services for NIH and other federal agencies. NIH said March 14 in a FedBizOpps notice it will accept proposals from companies who aim to win positions on the agency’s Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners Small Business governmentwide acquisition program through April 18. [...]

Mar 21

HHS to Hold Contract Writing System Industry Day
Jay Clemens, ExecutiveBiz, Mar. 21, 2016
The Department of Health and Human Services plans to hold an industry day event on April 6 to examine and discuss commercial contract writing systems with companies. The event will also serve as a venue for industry to demonstrate technologies meant to carry out tasks related to contracting, procurement and acquisition, and methodologies designed to integrate with HHS legacy systems. [...]

Mar 16

GSA to Launch Contracting Forecast Tool for Small Businesses; Denise Turner Roth Comments
Scott Nicholas, ExecutiveGov, Mar. 16, 2016
The U.S. General Services Administration has launched a beta version of a new contracting forecast tool designed to help small businesses find potential business opportunities with federal agencies. GSA said Tuesday the Forecast of Contracting Opportunities tool is built to help users access a worldwide contract database sorted by agency, contract award status, location, NAICS code and contract value. [...]

Mar 15

Penny Pritzker: Commerce Dept Program Seeks to Help US Firms Compete in Global Digital Marketplace
Jane Edwards, ExecutiveGov, Mar. 15, 2016
Under the initiative, digital attaches will work to help U.S. small- and medium-sized enterprises leverage E-commerce channels to expand exports worldwide and overcome challenges presented by digital regulations in international markets. [...]

Mar 14

OFPP Eyes Improved Digital Acquisition Process With Pilot Program
Jane Edwards, ExecutiveGov, Mar. 14, 2016
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has unveiled a pilot program that seeks to improve the acquisition of digital and technology platforms through skills development among digital acquisitions teams at government agencies. The General Service Administration’s 18F organization said in a blog post published Thursday that teams from seven agencies will undergo training with experts from 18F, U.S. Digital Services and Presidential Innovation Fellows. [...]

Mar 11

Project management: The incubator for acquisition reform
Jordan Sims, PMI, Federal Times, Editorial Whitepaper, IT & Cloud, Mar. 11, 2016
explores the adoption of technology and innovation to improve acquisition efficiency within DoD.

Mar 10

Anne Rung: Agencies Must Establish Labs for Acquisition Innovation
Mary-Louise Hoffman, ExecutiveGov, Mar. 10, 2016
U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung has called on federal agencies to establish laboratories that will help them adopt best practices for buying information technology products and services. She wrote in a blog article published Wednesday an agency Acquisition Innovation Lab must place emphasis on how to manage IT investments and seek input from vendors on digital acquisition tool development programs. [...]

Mar 9

Contract consolidation shifts the competitive landscape
Nick Wakerman, Washington Technology, Mar. 9, 2016
Wakerman reports on a new Govini report on the consolidation of agency contracts, multiple award contracts, and increasing opportunities for small businesses. [...]

Mar 7

Protecting small business with the rise of contract vehicles
George Meyers, Federal Times Editorial Webcast, Mar. 7. 2016
With the rise of contract vehicles, federal contract officers have a key role in promoting the inclusion of small businesses. How? Link

Mar 3

Northern Virginia Chamber Announces2016 Greater Washington Innovation Awards Finalists
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Press Room, Mar. 3, 2016
The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber), formerly Fairfax Chamber, has announced the finalists for the 2nd Annual Greater Washington Innovation Awards, the premier event celebrating the thought leadership, innovation, and creativity of the individuals and organizations in select industries in the Greater Washington metro area. The winners will be announced live at an April 21 awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Reston. [...]

Mar 2

Government Meets Goal Set in 1994 for Women’s Business Contracts
Stacy Cowley, The New York Times, Mar. 2, 2016
After more than 20 years of effort, the federal government has, for the first time, met its goal of awarding 5 percent of the money it spent on contractors to businesses owned by women. Small companies captured 25.8 percent of the government’s contracting dollars last year, representing $90.7 billion, the Small Business Administration plans to announce on Wednesday. About $17.8 billion of that total went to businesses owned by women during the fiscal year, which ended in September. [...]

Mar 1

David J. Berteau Named CEO of the Professional Services Council
Professional Services Council, News, Mar. 1, 2016 David J. Berteau, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Services Council (PSC) effective March 28. He replaces Stan Soloway, who stepped down last fall after leading the organization for 15 years. “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead such a respected organization in the fields of government technology and professional services,” Berteau said. “Stan Soloway did a great job growing and improving the Council. I’m eager to build on those accomplishments and to promote an open and competitive federal marketplace in which government benefits from the best solutions that industry has to offer.” [...]

Feb 29

Advice to fed agencies? Endpoints are everything!
Greg Otto, fedscoop, Feb. 29, 2016 Greg Otto interviews Anne Barron-DiCamillo, outgoing director of US-CERT, on cyber threats, the growth of spear phishing, and the need for government agencies to train and retain their IT staff. [...]

Jonathan Aberman: To disrupt is to know the rules
Washington Post, Capital Business, Feb. 29, 2016
On the benefits of proximity to government for business. [...]

OMB Prepares to Ratchet Up Enterprise Risk Management
Charles Clark, Government Executive, Feb. 29, 2016
Clark interviews W. Todd Grams, a director at Deloitte & Touche, and this year's president of AFERM (Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management), on the need and growing awareness for ERM. [...]

Anne Rung: White House Names 11 Category Managers in 10 Federal Procurement Areas
Jane Edwards, ExecutiveGov, Feb. 29, 2016
Federal Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung wrote in a blog post published Thursday that the Category Management initiative launched in 2014 aims to facilitate the federal procurement of products and services in an effort to generate savings and reduce duplicate contracts. [...]

Feb 23

Every GSA IT contract up for recompete? Mary Davie explains.
Jill Aitoro, Federal Times, Feb. 23, 2016
Mary Davie, with the Office of Intgrated Technology Services, General Services Administration, explains the adoption of category management in terms of government IT needs. [...]

Feb 16

Why you need to know the source of your authority
John Hillen, Washington Technology, Feb. 16, 2016
in his second column, he explores what leads staff to follow the leader. [...]

Feb 15

The cat-and-mouse game of federal IT modernization
Jason Miller, Federal News Radio, Feb. 15, 2016
provides an up-to-date discussion on federal spending for legacy versus new IT systems. [...]

Feb 10

Category management means vendors should shift their strategies
Nick Wakeman, Washington Technology, Feb. 10, 2016
shares insights from the Washington Technology GSA Industry Day. GSA presented numerous requirements for vendors and the importance understanding how category management affects this process. [...]

Feb 8

Be Your Own Career Manager and Other Lessons for the Rising Stars of GovCon from Keynote Speaker Dr. John Hillen
Ben Wicker, WashingtonExec, Feb. 8, 2016
In its first event of the year, Dr. John Hillen shared with the WashingtonExec Rising Stars of GovCon Committee the importance of defining your own leadership style in the rapidly evolving GovCon industry and managing your own career. [...]

Jonathan Aberman: It might sound like a broken record but we actually are poised to build a new economy
Washington Post, Feb. 8, 2016
shares a positive forecast for the future of the Washington region and federal contracting. [...]

Soloway's post-PSC plans include new start-up, Celero
Carten Cordell, Federal Times, Feb. 8, 2016
In a press release, Soloway announces the creation of his new consulting firm, Celero Strategies, will offer a range of services for companies engaging in the federal marketplace. [...]

Startups Propelling the Relationship Between Government and Innovation
Elliot Volkman, Tech.Co, Feb. 8, 2016
Writes on the effect of technology start-ups working with the federal government and the application of private-sector solutions to public-sector problems. [...]

Feb 5

GSA Opens Federal Acquisition Gateway for Public Access
GSA, News Releases, Feb. 5, 2016
Non-government users can now access data on Acquisition Gateway that was previously only open to federal government employees. The URL for public access is https://hallways.cap.gsa.gov. [...]

Feb 2

Here's how to tune up your business for 2016
Bob Lohfeld, Washington Technology, Feb. 2, 2016
shares ideas on practices that can help federal contractors be more successful. [...]

Feb 1

New Commerce program helps people use all that open data
Aaron Boyd | Federal Times, Feb. 1, 2016
interviews Jeff Chen, Chief Data Scientist, Department of Commerce on a new Data Usability Project on giving people access to departmental data sets. [...]

Jan 31

Help Wanted: 1,000 Cybersecurity Jobs At OPM, Post-Hack Hiring Approved By DHS
Steve Morgan | Forbes, Jan. 31, 2016
provides links for those seeking cybersecurity jobs in the federal government. And OPM is hiring 1,000 professionals [...]

Jan 29

GovCon's Most Influential Voices
Executive Mosaic recognizes private and public sector leaders who "drive vision, innovation and achievement for American citizens" in their 2016 Wash100 list.[...]

Advanced Analytics, R&D and Professional Services to Drive $3.2 Billion in Federal Big Data Spending by FY 2020 According to Deltek Report
Deltek, Press Releases, Jan. 29, 2016
A new Deltek report projects that "federal spending on big data software, services and hardware will grow from $1.6 billion in FY 2015 to $3.2 billion in FY 2020." [...]

Jan 28

Look Before You Leap – Pitfalls and Tripwires Inherent in Government Contracting
Anne Bluth Perry & David S. Gallacher | The National Law Review, Jan. 28, 2016
offers a checklist to consider when seeking federal contracts. [...]

DCMA Head Wendy Masiello: Agency Seeks Increased Small Business GovCon Participation
Ross Wilkers | GovCon Wire, Jan. 28, 2016
reports on a presentation by Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello, US Air Force, at a event held by the Potomac Officers Club. [...]

GSA inches towards making acquisition data public
Mark Rockwell | FCW, Jan. 28, 2016
reports on efforts by Acquisition Gateway to give public access to their data. [...]

Jan 27

Leadership or management? Managing your enterprise and your career by understanding the difference between leadership and management
John Hillen | Washington Technology, Jan. 27, 2016
The first column in a monthly series on strategy and leadership issues in the government contracting and technology industry. In this installment, Hillen shares insights gained in talking with CEOs that leadership competencies are as important for senior executives as they are for managerial professionals. [...]

Jan 26

Good teaming wins business
Allen Scott | Federal News Radio, Jan. 26, 2016
As part of the Columbia Technology Partners Read to Prime, Scott interviews Tom Skypek, co-founder and CEO of GovBizConnect.com on teaming with federal contractors [...]

Jan 25

Why Federal Agencies Should Accelerate Adoption of Big Data Analytics? To Better Serve Citizens!
Cindy Walker | WashingtonExec, Jan. 25, 2016
urges federal departments and agencies to enthusiastically embrace big data and advanced analytics without hesitation. [...]

Jan 22

The Cloud IDIQ: Gathering Insights from Both Sides of the Contract
Mary Davie | Great Government Through Technology, Blog, Jan. 22, 2016
As Assistant Commissional of GSA, she writes on efforts by GSA to include both government and vendor needs and best practices when buying cloud services. A draft RFP is expected by the end of FY16. [...]

Jan 20

Strengthening Federal Cybersecurity: Results of the Cyber Innovation Ideation Initiative
ACT-IAC | Jan. 20, 2016
The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) released their December 2015 report on cybersecurity for federal agencies. [...]

Jan 19

Pentagon Contracting: Has 'Best Value' Become An Excuse For Process Abuses?
Loren Thompson | Forbes, Jan. 19, 2016
contributes an opinion on the consequences lowest-price-technically-acceptable" versus "best value" on the fairness of selecting an awardee [...]

The high ROI of workforce skills investment
Danny Werfel | Federal Times, Jan. 19, 2016
offers background and history on a challenge facing government agencies [...]

Jan 18

5 things contractors should care about in 2016
Meredith Somers | Federal News Radio, Jan. 18, 2016
reports on the effects of the election on government contractors, a draft executive order on compliance with labor laws, the impact of the cybersecurity clause, requirements to protect intellectural property and data, and mergers and acquisitions [...]

Jan 14

New approach needed for acquisition success
Steve Watkins | Federal Times, Jan. 14, 2016
recognizes the view that communication between government and industry is poor, when combined with a "rules based" approach by acquision officers, can increase the risk that an acquistion will fail. Are Innovation Labs part of the answer? [...]

WashingtonExec’s Inaugural Top 30 Execs to Watch List
Lisa Singh | WashingtonExec, Jan. 14, 2016
presents WashingtonExec's inaugural list of industry leaders, chosen by their colleagues, who thrive in the government contracting space. Included in this list is John Hillen, chairman of the Mason GovCon Initiative [...]

Jan 13

If I knew then: Vance Hitch
Vance Hitch | Federal Times, Jan. 13, 2016
A former deputy assistant attorney general and CIO of the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Hitch has contributed to an engaging series by Federal Times. The series asks former govies to review past actions, thereby offering insights for future federal agencies. [...]

Jan 12

The hidden cybersecurity risk for federal contractors
Brian D. Miller | FCW, Jan. 12, 2016
introduces an important risk to federal contractors protecting government websites. The more you know, the better. [...]

Jan 10

Industry experts urge federal government to invest more in cybersecurity
Justine Brown | CIO Dive, Jan. 10, 2016
shares insights presented by IT experts to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. "This is not an IT problem; it’s an economic problem," said Larry Clinton, chief executive officer at the Internet Security Alliance. [...]

Jan 7

The days of disparate voices are over
Thomas Davis Rust | Washington Post, Opinions, Jan. 7, 2016
offers an opinion on the importance of building consensus between business and government leaders when addressing regional issues in Virginia and that the newly named Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is an invaluable example [...]

Subcontracting and supply chain: What government learns from other sectors
Michael P. Fischetti | Federal Times, Jan. 7, 2016
As Executive Director, National Contract Management Association, identifies the need for prime and sub contractors to better understand supply chain management beyond the needs in the FAR. [...]

7 times technology transformed government
Aaron Boyd | Federal Times, Jan. 7, 2016
gives a history lesson as it celebrates its 50th year of publishing. [...]

Jan 6

Tim Sullivan: What can contractors expect in 2016?
Tom Temin | Tom Temin | Federal Drive, Jan. 6, 2016
host of The Federal Drive, raises expectations in 2016 for federal contractors in a interview with Tim Sullivan [...]

Jan 4

Unlocking the true value of data for government
Gina Loften, IBM Federal | Federal Times, Jan. 4, 2016
defines and describes how technology, specifically cognitive computing and the "Internet of Things," can improve interactions with citizens. [...]

Cybersecurity Industry to More Than Double by 2020
Kristin Pryor | Tech.Co Jan. 4, 2016
recommends job seekers to prepare for the expected growth of jobs requiring cybersecurity skills, especially for federal agencies and government contractors. [...]

Jan 3

Federal Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act signed into law
Boris Segalis, Andrew Hoffman, and Kathryn Linsky | Norton Rose FUlbright, Jan. 3, 2016
offer a run down of the CISA. [...]

Living Indefinite-Delivery Contracts through understanding the FAR
Examiner.com Jan. 3, 2016
provides a primer on IDIQ. [...]

 

CAREER RESOURCE TIPS

As the Mason GovCon network grows, tips are offered to us for students seeking jobs in business or government. Those tips will be shared here.

Pathways for Student & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers

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This is a resource rich site that offers paths to internships, jobs, and fellowships. Did you ever wonder how to match your degree to a federal agency, then check out Federal Occupations by College Major

Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government

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This report describes Internet resources on internships, fellowships, and work experience programs within the federal government. It is intended as a selective guide for students of all levels: high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate.

ODNI: Intelligence Community Unveils New Website for Job Seekers

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The U.S. Intelligence Community has unveiled a website aimed at job seekers who are interested in launching a career in the IC. The website has a job exploration tool for students and professionals with educational background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as those in the fields of business, human resources and law enforcement, ODNI said. The agency added that IntelligenceCareers.gov also contains application process, security clearances and descriptions of government service benefits on top of featured job and internship opportunities.