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Tuesday Morning News Kick Off: Potential Plunge Off “Fiscal Cliff;” Defense Stocks Tumble in Wake of Election; and More on SAIC Split

November 13, 2012

Welcome to the Tuesday morning news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.   With the presidential election, Hurricane Sandy and Veterans Day behind us, it is time to get back to business. Though things certainly are not quiet, and most likely will not quiet down during the lame duck Congress session.  The fiscal cliff looms, contractors are restructuring and everyone is preparing for an uncertain future.  Happy Tuesday. Lame Duck Congress Must Act to Prevent Sequestration Anti-sequestration rhetoric is heating up in the wake of the presidential election. U.S. Congress Created the Fiscal Cliff and May Now Plunge Off It According to Richard Cowan of ... Read more

The Cloud Helped Agencies Stay Connected During Hurricane Sandy

November 8, 2012

Governmental infrastructure issues came into the spotlight with Hurricane Sandy, which brought devastating effects to many communities in its path. In addition to power outages, flooding and downed trees, federal agencies had to contend with the potential loss of system access as a result of archaic data centers. Agencies who have already moved to the cloud faced far fewer problems than those who relied on older, localized systems to handle their data. Was this “frankenstorm” cause for more agencies in the federal sector to take notice? News site The Huffington Post went down on October 29 due to the storm when one ... Read more

Historic Presidential Election, But Congress Still Needs to Address Sequestration

November 7, 2012

Last night’s highly emotionally charged presidential election was clearly a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.  President Obama prevailed in an unprecedented campaign marred by divisiveness on both sides.  Many are celebrating today, while others feel that four more years of the Obama administration will lead us down a dark path. Partisan politics aside, we would like to focus on one important thing … what is going to happen with sequestration and the “fiscal cliff” now that the election is over?   Democrats won the Senate and House went to Republicans, making this what some refer to as a “status quo” election.  ... Read more

Virginia: Land of Government Contractors Virtual Tie in Election Polls

November 6, 2012

The 2012 presidential election will finally come to a close this evening, after a year of hard campaigning and close poll results.  In what has been one of the most ardent presidential campaigns in modern history, Obama and Romney are still locked in a dead heat. In the battleground state of Virginia, both candidates are virtually tied according to a recent poll by Marist Institute for Public Opinion “This is a state that could go either way and could turn out to be typical of the entire country,” said Lee Miringoff, Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist ... Read more

Monday Morning News Kick Off: Hurricane Sandy Lives on for Feds; Technologists Prefer Obama; CACI Posts Solid Earnings and Lockheed Launches New Cyber Study

November 5, 2012

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  With the effects of Hurricane Sandy lingering on for the foreseeable future and the presidential election tomorrow, we aim to provide you with all the clarity you need in what will be another interesting week.  Happy Monday! Federal Workers Displaced, Facilities Flooded by Sandy Thousands of federal employees remain displaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as the cost of damage to government facilities appears likely to climb into the millions of dollars. GSA Chief Touts Agency’s Response to Hurricane Sandy GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini touted the agency’s efforts to support FEMA, ... Read more

LPTA Contracts: Acceptable is the Antithesis of Innovative

November 1, 2012

Monica Mayk Parham, Director of Marketing, Market Connections Inc. During this time of budget constraints, the federal government is seeking low-priced, technically acceptable (LPTA) solutions to keep projects and innovation alive. In other words, agencies need to find ways to keep technological innovation moving forward, albeit with tighter purse strings. As Lisa Mascolo, CEO of Optimos Inc., pointed out in her recent Washington Technology Op-Ed article on the topic of LPTA contracts, “When I hear ‘acceptable,’ I think adequate, good enough, not great but okay.”  She raises a good point – do these LPTA projects come at a cost?  Is acceptable ... Read more

Filling Government’s Talent Gap

October 31, 2012

The federal government is facing multiple challenges these days.  Sequestration is the hottest topic, as officials and employees alike grapple with whether and how to plan for across-the-board cuts. Plus, we’re in the midst of a retirement wave from the ranks of the federal work force. We’ve seen the federal workforce shrink over the years, which is reinforcing the need to attract and retain the right talent. The exodus of the baby boom generation via retirement has put an already tight workforce into a real squeeze. Signs are pointing to sequestration and already tight budgets affecting the hiring of new talent. Stephen ... Read more

Tuesday Morning News Kick Off: Federal Agencies Remain Closed After Hurricane Sandy; Panetta Wants Sequestration Averted; AUSA News Summary; and Agencies ‘Hot IT’ Employers

October 30, 2012

Welcome to the Tuesday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the east coast yesterday, we opted to hold our weekly news kick off post until today.  The DC area weathered the storm better than expected, while New York City and coastal parts of New Jersey took a devastating hit..  We wish everyone a safe recovery from this storm.  In the meantime, here’s all the government news you need to get the week back on track. Washington Area Federal Agencies Remain Closed on Tuesday Washington-area federal agencies will remain closed today as many dig ... Read more

FEMA Uses Social Media to Prep for Historic Storm

October 29, 2012

Based on FEMA’s responses during Hurricane Irene last year, the agency will once again be using social media in ways that will ultimately save lives. Seven years ago, FEMA was considered an ineffective organization that dropped the ball during Hurricane Katrina.  Now, the agency is known for embracing data from social networks, geospatial and mobile technologies to nimbly and effectively respond to natural disasters. MorganFranklin has called FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate a ‘Pivotal Player,’ which is a correct assessment in our view.  Fugate met with President Obama yesterday and is aggressively pushing citizens to be fully prepared. On Facebook and Twitter, FEMA has ... Read more

Increase Win Rates by Benchmarking Your Capture Process and Lessons Learned Against Industry Best Practices

October 25, 2012

Monica Mayk Parham, Marketing Director, Market Connections, Inc. Beth Wingate of Lohfeld Consulting recently shared her recommendations for how to capture lessons learned and institutionalize them to improve your capture process. She wrote, “Developing lessons learned is a two-step process. First, you need to gather the lessons learned information. Second, you need to incorporate the lessons learned into your capture and proposal development processes and institutionalize them.” Wingate also shared the following anecdote about how she used the lessons learned to both improve her capture team’s effectiveness and drive home best practices with management: I periodically presented lessons learned updates to corporate and division management ... Read more

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