Weekly Roundup for 8/22/14 – 8/28/14


From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder

News surfaced this week on two of the federal government’s most-watched programs as one agency officially started a competition for a contract and another could be near the end of a contest.

Industry has received the green light to start preparing their bids for a multibillion dollar contract with the Pentagon to build the military’s future electronic health record system.

DoD wants the system to be interoperable with the VA’s EHR platform and to facilitate data sharing between the public and private sectors.

“We are not just buying an off-the-shelf system. We’re really looking to modernize how the department delivers healthcare,” said Christopher Miller, executive officer for the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization program.

GovCon firms and leaders have anticipated this event for some time and some of the sector’s biggest players join forces with healthcare technology firms to pursue DHMSM, which many leaders pronounce as “dim sum.”

Three teams of contractors have publicly announced their partnerships for DHMSM and Miller previously said in June that he expected at least four teams to form.

In an April conversation with ExecutiveBiz, Mark Jones of CA Technologies offered a glimpse into how he thinks the concept of interoperability could change the nature of the healthcare ecosystem.

“The ecosystem’s only going to get more complicated and complex because that data exchange and interoperability has to take place in order to meet incentives,” said Jones, head of CA’s public sector healthcare vertical.

“The healthcare ecosystem as a whole is going to have more and more data interoperability, which means there’s going to be more need for security.”

Also this week, reports surfaced that NASA will award at least one contract by early September to build a spacecraft to transport U.S. astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station.

NASA will decide the winner — or winners — out of a field that has companies such as Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX all vying for the chance to help NASA push into the next iteration of space travel.

The selected company — or companies — will be responsible for owning, operating, and developing its own spaceflight system under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program.

For more of this week’s headline news in the GovConsector, continue reading below.

Jeff Ait Named BlackBerry US Public Sector VP

Jeff Ait has beenappointed US public sector VP at Blackberry, where he will lead the company’s business strategy for DoD and civilian clients.

The 30-year technology industry veteran said the BlackBerry 10 platform is the only offering that has earned full operational capability to run on defense networks.

“We will have a revitalized focus on civilian agencies as well as state and local government. We want to build our brand, create awareness and tell the BlackBerry story,” Ait said.

Ait most recently served as the public sector director at Good Technology.

Steve Mestraud Heads to Qinetiq’s Cyveillance Arm

Steve Mestraud has beennamed VP of finance and accounting at Cyveillance, a subsidiary of Qinetiq.

Mestraud most recently served as a financial executive at Solomon Edwards Group and is a former controller of financial operations at Airbus Group.

“As our global business and service offerings continue to expand, it will be critical for us to have experienced leaders like Steve to guide us through this transition,” Scott Kaine, Cyveillance president.

Mestraud has also served in leadership roles at British Telecom/Concert Communications, Grant Thornton and PwC.

More headlines
from the week of
8/22/2014 – 8/28/2014

GD Bath Iron Works Wins Potential $100M LCS Planning Yard Contract
NASA Triggers $178M Option on Jacobs’ Kennedy Space Center Operations Contract
Lockheed Completes Purchase of Astrotech Space Operations Business
Lockheed Acquires Energy Storage, Conversion Tech Maker Sun Catalytix
Larry Hill: Leidos to Build NGA GEOINT Tools for ‘Map of the World’ Graphics

CACI CEO Ken Asbury Sees Growth Potential in Federal Cyber, Health IT Areas
Deltek’s Alex Rossino: VA Spent $153M on Cloud Via T4 Vehicle
Northrop’s RQ-4 Drone Tested for Interoperability with AF Ground System; Mick Jaggers Comments
Lockheed, EOS Subsidiary Forge Space-Tracking Service Partnership; Rick Ambrose Comments
John Reeher, Chris Jackson: Choose Certified Vendors, Cost-Security Balance in Cloud Adoption

Kevin Counihan to Join CMS as Insurance Marketplace CEO; Sylvia Burwell Comments
Frank Kendall Implements Policy Changes for Competitive Defense Procurements
Chuck Hagel: DoD Could Reconsider FY 2015 Budget Proposal Amid Iraq Crisis
Report: Federal CTO Todd Park to Step Down by Year’s End
Carl Levin Forecasts Bipartisan Effort to Pass Sequestration-Replacement Bill


Former CIA Tech Chief Gus Hunt Joins Stateless Networks’ Board of Advisers
TAPE’s Louisa Long Jaffe Receives ‘Champion of Change’ Honor from White House
STG CEO Simon Lee Awards $1M Endowment to Korea Univ, GWU Students
Michael Arthur to Join Boeing as UK, Ireland President; Shep Hill Comments
Executive Profile: Jennifer Smith, SAIC SVP of Corporate Development


Scott Smith: Iridium, Boeing, L-3 Finish Work on NEXT Satellite Control Infrastructure

Iridium’s COO marks the progress of his company and its partners on work toward the first satellite launch for Iridium’s NEXT constellation.

Richard Silver Named Pragmatics Chief Biz Development Officer

Richard Silver has joinedPragmatics as chief business development officer, where he will be responsible for the company’s market research, proposal development and capture activities.

The more than 30-year contracting veteran most recently held the roles of managing partner and strategic capture and proposal manager at Aperture Growth Strategies and spent 10 years as a VP of BD at SAIC.

Pragmatics CEO Dr. Long Nguyen said Silver has previously worked with civilian agencies, DHS and the Pentagon.

John Dyer Promoted to AMERICAN SYSTEMS VP Ranks

John Dyer has beenelevated to VP and director of organizational development and knowledge management at AMERICAN SYSTEMS.

Dyer previously held BD positions at The CAN Corp and Digicon Corp.

“John will pioneer new opportunities and elevate existing programs, and we expect that he will act as a significant growth catalyst for the company,” said Peter Smith, president and CEO.

Michael Smith to Head HII’s Growth Strategies in VP Role

Michael Smith has beenappointed VP for business growth at Huntington Ingalls and will work to jumpstart development strategies and act as a liaison between Hll and its business partners.

He previously held strategy and development leadership roles for BAE Systems’ U.S. land and armaments business as well as its support solutions business.

Smith worked as a nuclear risk VP at Marsh USA earlier in his career.

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