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Weekly Roundup
Dec 4 – Dec 11 2014

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

Government contractors and their federal agency partners trained their eyes this week on Capitol Hill to watch the movement of two key pieces of legislation related to the fiscal year 2015 budget.
One of those bills — a $1.1 trillion package to fund the government in FY 2015 — took one step forward Tuesday when the top appropriators in both chambers of Congress signed off on the package ahead of the current continuing resolution’s Thursday expiration.
As of the time of this publication, however, the deal was reportedly held up by some lawmakerson both sides of the aisle due to provisions related to regulations on the financial services industry and language that rolls back some campaign finance restrictions.
Lawmakers were set to vote on the omnibus bill today but could pass a short-term funding measure to avoid a government shutdown and get more time to consider the omnibus.
The other piece of legislation — the FY 2015 defense authorization bill — also saw some progress Friday when the House approved the measure by a 300-119 vote.
Under this measure, the Defense Department would get $495.9 billion in base funds and $63.7 billion for the war budget, with the Energy Department slated to receive $17.5 billion for its national security programs.
The Senate was scheduled to tackle the defense bill first before the omnibus.


To start its 2015 event lineup, the Potomac Officers Club will host its ‘2015 Intel Summit‘ on Jan. 21. and National Intelligence Director James Clapper will deliver the keynote address in a half-day forum for GovCon executives and agency leaders.
Other speakers scheduled to appear include: (list ordered by headshots above from left to right)

  • David Shedd, acting DIA director
  • Jim Martin, DoD defense intelligence director
  • Joe DeTrani, INSA president
  • Michael Allen, a managing director at Beacon Global Strategies
  • Janice Glover-Jones, acting DIA CIO

Click here to register and save your seat, as well as to learn more about future POC events.

Bill Rowan, VMware’s New US Federal Lead, on Open Source’s Evolution
Rowan also previews role of network virtualization in Q&A with ExecutiveBiz.
FTC Clears Engility-TASC Deal, Firms Eye 1Q 2015 for Closure
Deal awaits votes by shareholders at both companies.
Justice Dept OKs Orbital Merger with ATK’s A&D Groups
Firms have targeted February 2015 to close the transaction, which is subject to respective shareholder votes.
Stephen Spengler to Become Intelsat CEO in April 2015
Current Chairman and CEO David McGlade will become executive chairman at that time.
Ashton Carter Officially Unveiled as Defense Secretary Nominee
Carter accepts nomination for the post at a Friday White House news conference.
Tony Smeraglinolo: Engility to Continue ADS-B Technical Support at DOT’s Volpe Center
Engility’s CEO says his company has worked with the center for eight years.
Ken Bedingfield to Succeed James Palmer as CFO, Corporate VP
Bedingfield will elevate to the position after the firm files its yearly report for 2014.
Steven Shugart on GardaWorld’s US Gov’t Market Aims, the Global Security Sector’s Future
Shugart offers perspective on international organizational management in Q&A.
Harris, Agilex Recognized at GTSC’s Annual Awards for Homeland and Nat’l Security Firms
Harris deemed “Mentor of the Year,” Agilex named “Mid-Tier Partner of the Year.”
The GovCon Tech Makers, Service Firms Behind NASA’s 1st Orion Test Flight
Meet the firms that worked with Lockheed and NASA to send Orion into space.
Christopher Bogdan: DoD Wants More Industry Competition for F-35 Training Systems
The F-35 program’s lead previews the military’s steps to acquire the systems.
Anne Rung: New OFPP Guidance Highlights Category Mgmt, Vendor Relationships
The OFPP leader outlines the latest effort to modify federal acquisitions.
Frank Kendall: Product Lifecycle Cost Must Factor into Military Acquisition Programs
The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer also discusses DoD-industry collaboration.
Doug Maughan: DHS, Industry to Present Agency-Funded Cybersecurity Tech Projects
DHS’ cyber division lead says the agency seeks to foster collaborative R&D.