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Weekly Roundup
March 6 – March 12 2015

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A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

Another government contracting player announced its move in the acquisition arena this week, an event that could further signal how the GovCon sector’s consolidation trend will shape itself this year.

Reston, Va.-based Maximus said it would acquire technology and management services contractor Acentia for $300 million in a deal that will add nearly 1,000 employees and up to $110 million in fiscal year 2015 revenue for Maximus.

“Acentia introduces new contract vehicles and capabilities that complement our existing business process management offerings and capabilities for government markets,” said Richard Montoni, Maximus CEO.

Maximus expects to complete the purchase in its fiscal 2015 third quarter, which starts April 1 and ends June 30.

The GovCon industry has already two of its largest-ever consolidations take place within the first three months of 2015: Engility’s $1.1 billion acquisition of TASC and the merger of Orbital Sciences with ATK.

Bill Lynn, a former deputy defense secretary and current CEO of DRS Technologies, said in a July 2014 op-ed the Pentagon should allow such consolidation and believes this would help companies focus more resources on technology development.

“While some fear that deeper consolidation may reduce competition, such concerns could be alleviated if the Pentagon actively expands its supplier base to more commercial and international companies,” Lynn wrote.
The Potomac Officers Club will turn its attention on March 19 to the cybersecurity arena with “2015 Cyber Security Summit,” a half-day forum for government and business leaders to interact and exchange ideas for how to protect information systems.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will deliver the keynote address to the GovCon and public sector executive audience at this interactive event for leaders to discuss items such as trade secret and information defense.
Public-private partnerships and policies at the federal and subordinate levels of government are also on the agenda for discussion at the summit.


Additional speakers scheduled to appear include:

  • Steve Chabinsky, former deputy assistant director for cyber at the FBI
  • Joe Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division
  • Curtis Dukes, director of information assurance at NSA
  • Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center
  • Matt Kemelhar, a principal consultant at Microsoft
  • Phil Lacombe, VP & manager of Parsons’ information systems and security sector
  • Tim McMillan, a director at Siemens Government Technologies
  • Tony Sager, chief technologist at the Center for Internet Security
  • Ari Schwartz, senior director for cyber programs for the National Security Council
  • Steve Shirley, executive director of the Defense Cyber Crime Center
  • Chris Smith, VP of technology for AT&T’s government solutions businessn
  • Mark Weatherford, former deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS

Click here to register for this event and learn more about POC’s other upcoming events.

Gregory Hayes: UTC to Mull Sikorsky Aircraft Spinoff
UTC will discuss the idea with investors and plans to wrap up its Sikorksy strategic review before the end of this year.
Bill Toti on Cubic’s Defense Business Reorg and Int’l Sales Prospects
Cubic’s defense head also discusses the military training market in Q&A.
Field Aviation Buys Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Aerospace Subsidiary
Rockwell Collins bought ARINC for $1.4 billion in December 2013.
Susan Keys on Avaya’s Unified Collaboration Portfolio for Gov’t and Networking Tech Market Demand
Keys also overviews the firm’s work in cloud and mobile during interview.
Terry Halvorsen Highlights Public-Private Data Center, Commercial Cloud Plans as DoD CIO
Halvorsen became the Pentagon’s full-time CIO this week.
Denise Turner Roth: GSA Keeps Focus on Talent Development
GSA’s acting administrator offers glimpse into the agency’s recruiting agenda.
John Brennan: CIA Strategic Direction to Focus on Talent, Digital, Modernization & Integration
The CIA director announces the agency’s new digital innovation directorate.
Frank Kendall: Service Chiefs Should Participate in Military Acquisition Process
Kendall overviews their potential roles in workforce and budget management.
Matt Goodrich: FedRAMP Launches Updated Website
The new website offers access to document templates and information on program requirements, educational opportunities and events.
CBO: US Could Default on Debt After September
The budget scorecard agency says the Treasury will need “extraordinary measures” to avert a default without a deal in Congress.
OPM Gives Pentagon Authority to Hire 3K Cyber Staffers
The Defense Department’s authority covers fields such as criminal investigations, computer science and telecommunications.
FCC’s Competition Org Recommends Telcordia for Phone Number Admin Contract
The panel’s decision is subject to approval by the full commission.
DARPA Taps 3 Firms for Multi-Aircraft Autopilot Project
Aurora Sciences, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft will work to build and demonstrate aircraft automation technology for DARPA.