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The Final Countdown: Clock Ticks Down on Possible Sequestration Deal

February 28, 2013

In the last few weeks, we have seen several attempts to take the defense cuts out of sequestration. Yesterday was no exception. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) submitted a bill Wednesday night that would give President Obama until March 15 to submit a plan to make administrative cuts differently; however, the President rejected it. “You don’t want to have to choose between, let’s see, ‘do I close funding for the disabled kid, or the poor kid?’” the President said at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia on Tuesday. “‘Do I close this Navy shipyard or some other one?’ When you’re doing things in ... Read more

Big Data Technology Leadership Series Event Showcases Key Government Insights

February 28, 2013

Yesterday, GTSI and Federal Computer Week hosted the Technology Leadership Series event on “Big Data Analytics in the New Budget Reality” at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. The afternoon-long event brought together speakers from across civilian and defense agencies, as well as top industry data analytics providers. In his opening keynote, Simon Szykman, Department of Commerce chief information officer, showcased examples of how agencies like NOAA, USPTO and the Census Bureau use massive volumes of data. Each day, NOAA collects 6 terabytes of data from radar, satellite and other sensors and uses complex calculations to predict and manage hurricanes.   The volume of data ... Read more

President Obama Visits Navy Shipyard in Front of Sequestration

February 27, 2013

Yesterday, only three days before the sequester is set to take effect, President Obama spoke at Newport News Shipbuilding, where the country’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are built, to call attention to the loss of economic activity and jobs that will occur under sequestration. Newport News Shipbuilding has revenues of $3.5 billion per year and a supply base of 5,000 companies located in all 50 states. Joining Obama for the short trip aboard Air Force One were two Virginia congressmen, Democrat Bobby Scott and Republican Scott Rigell. “The sequester will weaken America’s economic recovery,” Obama told the audience at Newport News Shipbuilding. “It will ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Northrop Grumman Information Systems Provides Key Enterprise-Level Solutions for Government

February 27, 2013

As a $7.9 billion business unit that employs more than 20,000 employees, with offices in 50 states and 24 countries, Northrop Grumman Information Systems is a global leader in providing large-scale enterprise solutions for military, intelligence, civilian, state and local, and commercial customers. From developing and managing New York City’s NYCWin government-dedicated broadband wireless network for public safety and emergency management, to providing tactical Internet solutions to support the warfighter, Northrop Grumman Information Systems provides IT solutions and large-scale systems integration that enable government to be more effective in meeting mission requirements. While many contractors are seeking opportunities in the international marketplace, ... Read more

A “Hail Mary” Might Spare Defense in Sequestration Deal

February 26, 2013

Yesterday, several Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee introduced new bills to take the defense cuts out of sequestration. The cuts, set for March 1, will be especially difficult for the state of Virginia because it houses the DoD and many of the businesses that supply the military. Recent Bloomberg Government research projects government contractors will bear $30.8 billion of this fiscal year’s sequestration cuts, more than one-third of the FY13 $83.5 billion in across-the-board cuts that have been described by lawmakers and analysts as a “meat-axe” approach to reducing government spending. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) is introducing a bill that ... Read more

The White House Pulls Out All Stops in Effort to Cut Sequestration Deal

February 26, 2013

With the sequestration deadline less than one week away, the White House recently changed its approach to convincing lawmakers of the need to prevent the devastating sequestration cuts from occurring. Taking a grass roots-like tack, the White House is now enlisting public servants such as first responders, teachers and nurses to help make the case to lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are reluctant to cut a deal. President Obama has also unleashed his Cabinet members to help spread the message in Congress and across the country.  For example, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack went to Iowa to discuss the implications of the cuts ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: Sequestration Axe About to Fall; EPA May Shut Down for Three Days; Current DoD Contracts Won’t be Cut; and Much More

February 25, 2013

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  For the second time, we are facing a doomsday of sorts this Friday:  the delayed sequester is slated to kick in.  How will things shake out this week?  It’s hard to predict at this point.  Though be sure to catch up on the latest sequestration news and much more in this week’s Monday News Roundup. If Sequestration Happens, What’s Getting the Ax President Obama has been warning that deep cuts triggered by sequestration could be devastating, but many Republicans show no sign of wanting to cut a deal. EPA May Shut ... Read more

Winning Contractor: ManTech Proves That Success Comes By Being an Outstanding Employer

February 21, 2013

ManTech International Corporation (ManTech) has been in business for over 40 years, with its origins rooted in providing technical services to the U.S. Government. From its initial contract in 1968 with the U.S. Navy to today, the company has developed a solid track record of providing innovation, adaptability and critical thinking services to the government. ManTech is a highly diversified global presence, specializing in cyber security, intelligence and counterintelligence, IT, systems engineering, environmental sustainability and healthcare, which is also why it is a leading example of how a successful company can be a great employer. For the seventh year in a row, ... Read more

After 17 Years, It’s More Essential than Ever to Define and Understand Mission Requirements and Success Strategies

February 20, 2013

Market Connections officially marked its 17th anniversary last week. For nearly two decades, the market research firm has applied actionable market intelligence to help government contractors and agencies increase effectiveness and produce results. Rather than focusing on Market Connections’ key milestones during the past 17 years, we would like to shine a light on where the government community has been during this time – and what lies ahead. In 1996, we were on the cusp of a technology revolution that opened the door to the dotcom movement, as well as major advances in telecommunications, satellites and other Internet-driven ... Read more

Tuesday Morning News Kick Off: Sequestration Battle Heats Up (Again); Cuts Would Undermine U.S. World Power; and Cyber Efforts ‘Not Enough’

February 19, 2013

Welcome to the Tuesday morning news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  While many if us enjoyed the long holiday weekend, the federal news cycle moved along at a rapid clip.  With the sequestration deadline less than two weeks away, uncertainty is the new norm for many in government and contracting.  Be sure to check out this week’s Tuesday News Roundup for the latest sequestration news and much more. White House Warns of Sequestration’s Effects The White House and congressional Democrats are sounding the alarm bells over the consequences of sequestration. GOP Urges Obama to Spare Defense Budget Republicans asked for further cuts ... Read more

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