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The Commerce Department‘s temporary number two official has outlined his agency’s long-term goal to help businesses work with startups and make decisions by using open government data.

Bruce Andrews, acting deputy commerce secretary, said this weekthat his department is working with other agencies and private sector partners on ways to share and distributie that data to stakeholders.

“The best way to do that is to listen to suggestions from those already using our data – and to get the private sector’s guidance on where the federal government can unlock the greatest value in our data sets,” Andrews said.

Many government leaders such as Andrews have made data management a priority item for their agencies and GovCon firms are helping develop new methods and tools to handle the data explosion.

Matt Warren, president of the justice and homeland security sector at Agilex, described the transformative impacts and potential implications of growing data volumes for law enforcement and other agencies in an interview with ExecutiveBiz.

“Big data represents both an opportunity and challenge for law enforcement. It can deliver amazing new insight, but agencies also risk being overwhelmed by the deluge of data available today.”

Mark Jones, head of CA Technologies‘ public sector healthcare vertical, gave our staff a glimpse into what users will need to have as data analysis evolves.

“There’s going to be more need to understand within data sets or within different applications what data is really important to me and what data is less important so I can get that sort of visibility.”

Mark Hewitt Joins Lockheed as VP of Strategy for IS&GS Business
Mark Hewitt has been named VP of strategy for Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS business and will be responsible for the development and management of the strategic planning process.
Hewitt most recently served as EVP and chief strategy officer at QinetiQ North America.
“Strategic positioning and effectively managing competitive intelligence are critical to the success of any business, especially in today’s challenging market,” said Gerry Fasano, vice president of strategy and business development at Lockheed Martin IS&GS.
Hewitt also led defense and intelligence programs at the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and was deputy assistant secretary for Continuity and Crisis Management at the Defense Department.
Jim Taylor Named Grant Thornton Public Sector Financial Services Managing Director
Jim Taylor has been appointed managing director of the financial management and assurance services line for Grant Thornton’s global public sector group.
He previously served as senior adviser for the Internal Revenue Service, where he worked directly with the commissioner on Affordable Care Act initiatives.
Srikant Sastry, national managing principal at Grant Thornton’s advisory services, said Taylor has 30 years of experience in federal financial management and brings “key” relationships to the firm.
Taylor was a CFO at the Labor Department and also held leadership roles at Homeland Security and Commerce.
CSC, HP, Allscripts Partner to Pursue Military Health IT Contract
CSC, HP and Allscripts are teaming up to compete for the DoD’s EHR integration contract, through which the military aims to connect service members with healthcare providers.
“We intend to provide to military members and their families the same outstanding service that they deliver to our nation on a regular basis,” said Dr. Robert Wah, CSC chief medical officer.
The multi-billion dollar Healthcare Management System Modernization contract calls for an enterprise platform to integrate military electronic health records systems.
Steve O’Bryan Named Lockheed as VP of Strategy and BD
Steve O’Bryan has moved into a new role as VP of strategy and BD at Lockheed Martin, where he will lead international BD activities across the company’s five business areas.
He succeeds Rick Kirkland, who will now serve as VP for international strategic initiatives.
“In their new roles, they will support our objective of growing our international business and our efforts to provide our products, capabilities and citizen services to our customers around the world,” said Paul Lemmo, SVP of corporate strategy and business development.
Jack Crisler will succeed O’Bryan as VP of F-35 BD and strategic integration.
Ken Diller Joins Fulcrum as BD Lead
Ken Diller has joined Centreville, Va.-based contractor Fulcrum as VP for corporate development and will be responsible for several corporate growth programs.
He most recently served as a BD executive for defense and federal healthcare at Titania Solutions as well as Army and intelligence programs at CGI.
“Ken brings a track record of success in high growth organizations providing operations, new business and brand management,” said Jeff Handy, Fulcrum’s CEO.
Diller was the Army’s G2 Initiative Group chief and a military intelligence battalion commander before retiring from service in 2005.