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“What’s happening now is a convergence of issues that are unprecedented, so we are going into a period of the unknown. What we’re tracking is the scale of these cuts. Ultimately everything is on the table.” Deniece Peterson, Deltek’s Senior Manager of Federal Industry Analysis, opened our DOD Virtual Roundtable: The War on Spending. The September event
There will be more than a few perspectives offered today on U.S. Marine Corps General James “Hoss” Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s “Competitive Advantage for the Warfighter” opening keynote at FOSE. In listening to the General speak I found that he sounded at times like a chapter out of Alvin Toffler’s The Third
There is no doubt that high-profile security breaches in the public and private sector shine a bright light on the importance of addressing network vulnerabilities. However, online and network security is not something just for government agencies, prime contractors and big, high-profile companies, but for smaller enterprises as well. Why Would Anyone Hack MY Network? The truth
President Obama, as well as congressional Democrats and Republicans, are trying to show the American people they take the nation’s financial health seriously. So much so, they are scrambling to reach an agreement on raising the nation’s debt ceiling — the legal limit that Congress may owe — by August 2. Of course, let’s not
According to a report in POLITICO this morning, Vivek Kundra, the first official Federal CIO and principle architect of the government’s technology strategy, is expected to leave the White House in August. Considered by many as an innovative leader who has pushed government agencies towards cloud computing / virtualization, creating better online experiences for citizens and shifting
Last week, the Digital Government Institute conducted a panel and roundtable discussion on ways the government is creating a better online customer service experience. The panel included GSA’s acting director for the Center of Excellence in Digital Government, Sheila Campbell; the director of web services for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, Kim Taylor; and RightNow
The problem confronting the Department of Defense is stark, and simple, according to Dr. John Hamre, President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. It simply costs too much to do what it does. Dr. John Hamre, former DOD Comptroller and Deputy Secretary of Defense, speaking at the Fairfax County (Virginia) Chamber of Commerce’s
In the age of DVRs, time-shifted TV and satellite radio, getting “This is a test of the emergency broadcast system”-style messages to areas of potential emergency has become a critical problem. Yesterday, in an INPUT blog entry, “FEMA and FCC announce a new PLAN to keep the nation safe,” INPUT’s Kristin Howe, Analyst, Homeland Security & Justice/Public Safety,
Master marketing to one large business, says L-3 Stratis Vice President of Small Business Programs Wayne Pizer, and you’ve mastered them all. “Every large business is different, but we’re all looking for the same thing.” L-3 Stratis’ Wayne Pizer explains how to market to prime contractors. Speaking to a crowd of small business owners at the govConNet 2011 Congressional
“As part of the fiscal year 2012 budget process, we’re shifting to a ‘cloud first’ policy. Going forward, OMB will require that agencies default to cloud-based solutions whenever a secure, reliable cloud-based option exists.” White House Chief Performance Officer, and Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients created a buzz with that announcement
While the U.S. Department of the Interior is prone to shake-ups of the political kind, the staff at the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program office headquartered in Reston, Virginia experienced a rare 3.6 earthquake that woke up many in the greater Washington, DC metro region at 5:04 am ET.  The quake itself,
Casual Friday took an interesting flight today as Dan Beck, director of external and advocacy communications for Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security business unit decided to take a bite out of EADS’ recent movements into Boeing’s military tanker business. The language between the two has been the stuff of fighting legend after EADS North America announced its
Any good business owner sees opportunity in any disaster and the continuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is currently fueling the need for specialized contracts with small to medium-sized firms. To ensure that small business owners can get to the latest information (including how to sign up for a contract), the U.S. Small
This afternoon, Rich Wilkinson, Deltek’s VP, Government Contracting, unveiled the results of the Deltek Clarity: Focus on IT Report, sharing analysis, insights and predictions on the current and future states of GovCon firms’ IT spending. The survey posed over 40 questions to 233 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and senior IT executives from a wide array of GovCon

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