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Market Connections Clients Among Top 40 Finalists Announced for ACT-IAC’s 2018 Igniting Innovation Awards

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Market Connections would like to congratulate our current and past clients: Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM Global Business Services, Leidos, Microsoft, AT&T and the U.S. Department of Education for their recognition as top innovators and selection as finalists for ACT-IAC’s 2018 Igniting Innovation Awards. Clients and nominated programs include: “We are proud to see companies so…Read More

General Dynamics Wins Bidding War and Finalizes Acquisition of CSRA Inc.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Congratulations to our long-time client, General Dynamics on their recent acquisition of CSRA Inc. After months of due diligence, analysis and evaluation, on April 3 they announced its completion, valued at approximately $9.7 billion (composed of an all-cash bid of $6.9 billion and assumption of CSRA’s $2.8 billion debt). With CSRA’s cybersecurity and data-analytics business and…Read More

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

DOD Cybersecurity and Modernization Efforts Most Likely to Move Forward with New Federal Budget

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

In February, the Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) passed, lifting caps on spending and paved the way for significant increases in discretionary spending across defense and civilian agencies. With the passing of BBA 2018, the defense discretionary funding cap was increased by $80 billion in FY2018 and $85 billion in FY 2019. What does…Read More

Winning Contractor: DHS Selects Booz Allen Hamilton Prime Contractor for $621 Million Task Order to Further Develop CDM

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Market Connections congratulates Booz Allen Hamilton for being selected the first prime contractor of the next chapter of Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program. This $621 million award is for a six-year task order to monitor and protect federal networks under the Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense…Read More

Strong Employer Brand Critical to Recruit Top Talent

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

How do you differentiate yourself from competitors to attract the very best talent? How do you assure candidates that your organization stands above the rest? Together with Monster Government Solutions, Market Connections surveyed HR professionals and hiring managers in the public sector and at government contractors to find out how and what they are doing…Read More

Attract Federal Audiences to Your Events: Event Preferences

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Should we create a special event for our customers, or should we host a breakout session at a trade show our customers may already be attending? What kind of trade shows should we be participating in? Does it matter if it’s commercial or government focused? Should we save some dollars and just host a webinar…Read More

Winning Contractor: Accenture Federal Services Wins $62 Million VBA Contract

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Market Connections would like to congratulate our client, Accenture Federal Services for winning a contract with the Veterans Benefits Administration to upgrade and enhance its information technology infrastructure and provide a variety of services for the configuration and enhancement of VBA’s Salesforce-based applications, which are used by VBA employees, Veterans, their families and other stakeholders. This…Read More

Attract Federal Audiences to Your Events: Factors and Barriers in Event Attendance

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Have you ever heard from your customers that the reason they didn’t attend your event was because of a lack of budget? Or that there were travel restrictions in place? Or that they just couldn’t get a manager’s approval? Well, you are not alone. According to Market Connections’ study from late 2017, these reasons were…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

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