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From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder

Federal leaders provided details this week on the funding requests they made as part of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015.

Steven VanRoekel, U.S. CIO,announced that the proposed budget would allocate around $79.1 billion for agencies to spend on IT projects.

That consists of $35.4 billion for defense agencies – a slight drop from their 2014 allocation – and $43.7 billion for civilian agencies, which is relatively flat compared to 2014 levels.

Lou Von Thaer, head of Leidos’ national security sector, told ExecutiveBiz that such budget constraints are among that forces preventing agencies from putting “together long‑term strategies that they probably would like to have.”

Still, as agencies have continued to feel pressure on their IT budgets, they have also continued to seek out GovCon firms to build new technologies to help manage their financial resources.

CACI International, for example, will build the FBI’s next financial and acquisition process management system under a four-year contract announced in January.

Ken AsburyCACI president and CEO, pointed to the award as part of the firm’s strategy to win more business in its business systems market.

Industry and government leaders will also work together in another significant context at the Potomac Officers Club’s “Federal Critical Infrastructure” Summit on March 19 where they’ll discuss how to best collaborate to protect critical U.S. infrastructure.

The executive-only summit will feature government leaders including Dr. Harvey DavisNSA director of installations and logistics, and Dr. Timothy Unruh, director of the Federal Energy Management Program.

 Former DHS Cybersecurity Deputy Undersecretary Mark Weatherford and Ed Goetz, VP and chief security officer at Constellation Energy, will also offer their perspectives on the state of domestic infrastructure.

Al Pisani Named SVP at Serco Inc., Rupert Soames Appointed Serco Group CEO

Al Pisani has been appointed SVP of corporate development for Serco Inc. — the British contractor’s North American arm — and will be responsible for strategy planning, M&A and program management centers of excellence.

The 30-year GovCon veteran previously served as SVP of TASC’s intelligence group and held leadership roles at Northrop Grumman earlier in his career.

Rupert Soames has been named CEO of parent company Serco Group, effective June 1, and will also become a board member.

Acting CEO Ed Casey will continue to lead the company until that date.


Robert Gaylord Becomes President at L-3 Maritime Systems

Robert Gaylord has been promoted to president of L-3 Communications’ maritime systems business.

Gaylord previously served as SVP and general manager of global security solutions at L-3 and joined the company in October 2010.

The nearly 30-year industry veteran served as a director of programs at BAE Systems prior to joining L-3.

Gaylord also led reconnaissance programs at Lockheed Martin earlier in his career.

John Moberly Appointed Hughes Network Systems Senior Director

John Moberly has been named senior director at Hughes Network Systems, where he oversees business development and strategy of Hughes’ defense and intelligence systems division.

He previously served as chief of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance within the office of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

“John brings unparalleled knowledge of the unique technology and SATCOM requirements facing today’s military and intelligence communities,” said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes defense and intelligence systems division.

Moberly was chief of the U.S. Army space and ballistic team earlier in his career.


HP to Support DoD’s Manpower Data Center

HP Enterprise Services has been awarded a potential $548 million contract to help operate the DoDs global technology infrastructure.

“For our government clients with complex IT environments, it is critical to have strong foundational hardware and software,” said Marilyn Crouther, SVP and GM of HP’s U.S. public sector.

HP will help the Defense Manpower Data Center update and maintain its hardware and software systems under the five-year contract.


Fulcrum Acquires Forgentum to Bolster Military Health Portfolio

Fulcrum IT Services has purchased information management company Forgentum for an undisclosed amount.

The deal is meant to grow Fulcrum’s customer base with clients that include the TRICARE Management Activity, EHR Core and the Enterprise Infrastructure.

Jeff Handy, Fulcrum CEO, said the company aims to further build its healthcare portfolio and absorb a workforce with experience in the military health community.

Forgentum will become part of Fulcrum’s healthcare portfolio as a result of the deal.