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Weekly Roundup for 9/12/14 – 9/18/14

From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder

The GovCon sector and all stakeholders in the country’s space program trained their eyes and ears on the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Tuesday, where NASA leaders announced the companies that will help the agency move forward on its drive to send U.S. astronauts without reliance on foreign help.

Charles Bolden, NASA administrator and a former astronaut himself, told the world that Boeing and SpaceX are the winners of much-anticipated contracts to continue their work on space vehicles that would transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

NASA has set a target of 2017 to start the flights and end its reliance on Russia for transportation into space through the Commercial Crew Program.

Under CCP, Boeing will take in up to $4.2 billion in contract funds for its work on the CST-100 and Elon Musk’s SpaceX startup could receive up to $2.6 billion for the Dragon spacecraft.

Bolden identified this public-private partnership as a step to help “more people in America… realize the dream of leaving Earth for even a short time to float above our planet Earth in microgravity and to see the stars and the majestic tapestry of the Milky Way unobstructed by the artificial lights and dust of our atmosphere.”

“Turning over low-Earth orbit transportation to private industry will also allow NASA to focus on an even more ambitious mission – sending humans to Mars.”

Government leaders such as Bolden and executives at GovCon firms have sought to achieve closer collaboration between the public and private sectors with the goal to drive innovation for the country through both new technologies and ways of doing business.

Todd Grams, a longtime leader from the VA and IRS, joined Deloitte in April of this year in part to continue his work to help agencies increase their use of risk management practices.

Grams told our staff in a July conversation that agencies should look to enterprise risk management practices as complementary tools for their financial and performance management functions.

“Generally speaking, agencies have more mature systems developed in financial and performance management,” Grams said.

“By adding risk management, you help the agency identify the potential for loss or harm, or the diminished opportunity for gain, that can adversely affect the achievement of an organization’s mission.”

Ed Morche, head of Level 3’s government business, said in a May interview with ExecutiveBiz that companies like his seek to help agencies understand that many new technologies already in existence are available to them.

”You don’t have to reinvent the wheel — private industry has already developed advanced security technologies being used successfully by banks, financial exchanges and research institutions.

“We don’t have to rebuild things over and over again.”

David Keffer Steps Up to CFO at SRA

David Keffer has been promoted to EVP and CFO at SRA International and will oversee the Fairfax, Va.-based contractor’s financial operations.

He previously served as corporate controller and helped the company through its sale to Providence Equity Partners in 2011 and SRA’s purchase of MorganFranklin’s national security division in 2012.

Keffer is also a former CFO of SRA’s national security sector and has served as a director of investor relations.

Theresa Golvinaux, formerly assistant controller, will succeed Keffer as corporate controller and also serve as the company’s principal accounting officer.

Tarik Reyes Takes BD VP Role at Northrop

Tarik Reyes has elevatedto a VP of business development role within Northrop Grumman’s information systems sector.

Reyes will be responsible for pipeline development, customer engagement and growth strategies for the sector’s integrated air and missile defense business line.

At Northrop, his roles have included a group director of BD title and head of the company’s civil information systems group.

He joined the company after service in leadership roles at Microsoft, Bechtel and Visalign.

More headlines
from the week of
9/12/2014 – 9/18/2014

Bernhard Gerwert: Airbus to Downsize Defense, Space Division
Army Picks 21 Contractors for $7.2B in Intell Services IDIQs
Lynne Seitz Named TCS Safety & Security Group SVP, GM; Richard Young Comments
Gregory Young Returns to ENSCO as Interim President, CEO; Paul Broome Comments
SAIC Lands $424M Defense Logistics Agency Maintenance, Operations Contract

NASA’s Mark Geyer: Orion Spacecraft Set for Flight Test in December
Manju Bewtra: CCSi Becomes an Accredited Cloud Assessor for FedRAMP Program
Lockheed Hands F-35 ‘ALIS’ Logistics System to Test Sites; Mary Ann Horter Comments
Study: Northrop, Qinetiq, iRobot Collectively Hold 50% UGV Market Share
Razorsight’s Chris Checco: Analytics Tech Could Help CSPs Reduce Customer Churn

Darlene Costello Appointed Principal Deputy Asst. Defense Secretary for Acquisition
Deborah Lee James: Air Force to Get ’70-75 Percent’ Of Budget Request Through Congress
Senate Confirms Anne Rung as OFPP Administrator
Michael Krieger: Army Eyes Enterprise Apps for Commercial Cloud Migration
FBI’s Criminal Biometrics Info System Enters ‘Full Operational Capability’

ATK CEO Mark DeYoung Elected Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Board Chairman
Ian Pilcher Joins Sterling Global Operations as Commercial Accounts Head
Scott Harris Joins Northrop as Australia Aerospace Programs Lead; Ian Irving Comments
TCS Founder Maurice Tose Joins CTIA Board for 4th Term; Meredith Atwell Baker Comments
Executive Profile: Cal Shintani, Oceus SVP and Chief Growth Officer

CEO Bradley Feldmann on Cubic’s Int’l Market Strategy, Transportation Push and Founder’s Legacy

The nearly two-decade Cubic veteran describes the company’s mantra of “winning the customer” and goal to be a thought leader in its industries.

Jim Reagan on The New ‘Vencore’ and Buy of QinetiQ’s US Services Arm

Reagan, CFO at Vencore, overviews how the company “canvassed” its entire workforce for ideas to rebrand itself from its former identiy as The SI Organization.

CMS Vet Danielle Moon Heads to Deloitte Consulting

Danielle Moon will serveas a specialist leader within Deloitte’s consulting practice and work with federal healthcare and life sciences industry clients.

The 17-year CMS veteran previously led the agency’s Medicare Drug & Health Plan Contract Administration Group and has also led work to implement processes related to Medicare Avantage program legislation.

“She brings a deep knowledge of the regulatory environment and aspects of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 implementation and their impacts on our healthcare industry clients,” said Terri Cooper, who leads Deloitte’s federal health sector unit.

Moon also has held technical adviser roles at CMS and worked in the general counsel’s office at HHS.

PAE to Help Operate Navy Test Ranges at Pax River for $359M

PAE will help the U.S. Navy carry out laboratory and field testing work at Patuxent River, Md. under a $359 million contract.

“The enduring mission at the Pax River range is critical to ensuring our nation’s readiness and effectiveness,” PAE CEO John Heller said.

Pax River is home to the Navy’s Atlantic test range and the branch’s Atlantic Targets and marine operations division.

PAE will also operate field systems and perform engineering work at Pax River.


Joseph DiZinno will leadan identity analytics support organization at AMERICAN SYSTEMS as VP of identity intelligence.

DiZinno, a 22-year FBI veteran, previously held executive roles at DNA analysis firm Integenx and BAE Systems.

His career at the bureau includes service as a special agent, section chief and director of the forensic analysis laboratory.

He led more than 550 personnel at the FBI Laboratory to work with other law enforcement agencies on criminal investigations.

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