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Weekly Roundup
April 10 – April 16 2015

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson
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The latest iteration of the Defense Department’s “Better Buying Power” effort has gone public and many of the Pentagon’s top civilian officials have offered glimpses into what this new push could mean for industry.
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and DoD’s acquisition lead Frank Kendall unveiled Better Buying Power 3.0 Thursday Thursday and highlighted partnerships with the commercial sector as a key component of the new initiative.
“We want to identify the weapons, in the systems in the force today, that we can use in more innovative ways, and we’re looking for these promising technologies that we can pull forward,” Work said.
Cybersecurity will be also be a core component of Better Buying Power 3.0 and all aspects of programs should consider information security, Kendall said.
“It includes the industrial base that supports us and their databases and their information. It includes what we hold in government. It includes the logistics support information, the sustainment information, the design information, the tactical information,” Kendall said.
Katrina McFarland, assistant defense secretary for acquisition, told an AFCEA luncheon Friday DoD intends to obtain data rights for systems it buys from vendors under BBP 3.0.
Possession of those rights is key to the military’s open architecture technology agenda and “for the purposes of depot and support and sustainment,” McFarland said.
The current state of cloud computing in the federal government and what could be in store going forward will be the item of discussion at the Potomac Officers Club’s “FedRAMP Forum” May 14 in Falls Church, Va.
Matt Goodrich, who leads the FedRAMP program for the General Services Administration, will address the breakfast event for GovCon and government executives.
Claudio Belloli, who serves as FedRAMP’s cybersecurity program manager, will also offer his insight and perspective at the forum.
Click here to register and save your seat at the FedRAMP Forum and to learn more about other future POC events.

Casey Coleman to Join Unisys’ Federal Arm as Civilian Agencies Group VP
The former GSA CIO will oversee service and product delivery functions.
Tim Hurlebaus Takes President Role at CGI Federal
Hurlebaus is a former SVP of national security and defense programs for the Montreal-based company’s federal services subsidiary.
NIH Selects 65 Vendors on New $20B IT Commodities GWAC
Awardees include 7 original equipment manufacturers and 58 resellers.
Private Equity Firm Marlin to Buy General Dynamics’ Fidelis Cyber Business
Peter George will continue to lead Fidelis as chief executive.
SRA Closes Qbase Gov’t Services Asset Buy
Transaction sees more than 230 Qbase staffers join SRA in positions such as software and data architecture, data science and computer systems analysis.
CSC Sells Air Traffic Control Simulation Portfolio to Adacel
The deal gives Adacel full rights to the NexSim technology and associated source codes.
15 Firms Land $850M Army Comms Systems Operations Contract
Companies will operate and maintain enterprise communication systems.
Billy Maynard to Join Health Net as Federal Services Group President
Maynard will start on May 1 and succeed the retiring Thomas Cerrato.
Deltek: Obama’s Budget Package Shows Support for Higher Contract Spending
Research firm says proposal would push contract spending up 2% in FY 2016.
Cyber Info Sharing Bill Moves to Full House Vote
The House Homeland Security Committee unanimously approved the legislation, which includes liability protection.
Eric Rosenbach: DoD Forms New Strategy, Mission Force to Defend US Cyber Infrastructure
Rosenbach previews plans to build a cyber force from the Guard and Reserves.
Kamara Jones: GSA Updates Federal Acquisition Resources Portal
Acquisition.gov has new features to help with searches of regulations.
Jeffrey Koses: GSA Proposes Data Reporting Rule Change
Vendors would electronically submit information on the prices paid for services under multiple award schedules by government customers.
ULA Unveils Vulcan Rocket, Reusability Initiative for Future Launches
The Boeing-Lockheed JV wants to have Vulcan ready for the Air Force by 2024.
The Wash100 is the premier group of private and public sector leaders selected by Executive Mosaic’s organizational and editorial leadership as the most influential figures in the GovCon sector. Click through to read the full list of inductees for 2015.