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IBM to Modernize Department of Veteran Affairs Human Resources Technology Agency’s Over 300,000 employees to Benefit from new Self-‐service Capabilities WASHINGTON D.C. -‐ 07 May 2013: IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced it has been awarded a 10 year $123 million contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to replace the agency’s 50 year old legacy Human Resources (HR) application with a new system delivered in a software-‐as-‐a-‐service model. In a first-‐of-‐its-‐kind private sector HR technology solution for the U.S. Federal Government, IBM has been selected as the HR Line of Business (LOB) Shared Services Center (SSC) provider for the VA. IBM will build, operate and maintain a new Human Resources system to be deployed across the enterprise delivering a standardized and interoperable human resources experience. The new HR system will allow the VA to better manage its workforce and will provide enhancements such as new self-‐service options for VA managers and employees. The VA expects to reduce costs by integrating all HR systems and related processes from its geographically dispersed operational locations. “IBM is proud to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs to support its critical mission of helping veterans.” said Anne Altman, General Manager, IBM US Federal. “The VA’s Human Resources system will provide a more flexible, stable, and capable system to meet the evolving needs of the agency and its thousands of employees. The VA’s greatest asset is its people, and this new HR system will bolster the agency’s mission to provide care and benefits for our nation’s veterans and their families. ” IBM expects the new HR system for the more than 300,000 VA employees to be implemented by the end of 2015. A phased deployment strategy will be initiated in January 2014 after successful completion of design, development, and testing of the new HR application in 2013. IBM will provide implementation services, as well as management and maintenance services for the new system over the course of the contract.
DynCorp International Supports the Last Leg Home from Space May 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm “Among other missions,” writes DI NASA program manager Jim Snowden, “our team flies to Russia to pick up U.S. astronauts returning via the Russian Soyuz capsule from the International Space Station.” DI team members participated in NASA astronaut Kevin Ford’s return to the United States after 142 days aboard the International Space Station. Ford returned to Earth via a Russian Soyuz space capsule and landed in Kazakhstan March 16. The next day he was flown back to the United States in a specially equipped NASA Gulfstream III, maintained and crewed by NASA and DynCorp International team members. The mission was commanded by NASA Aircraft Operations branch chief pilot Bill Ehrenstrom and piloted by DI’s Tom Ryan. Prior to the mission, DI mechanics James Molina, Scott Leonard, Johnny Scott, Mike Brown and Keith Halkard worked diligently to de-‐configure the aircraft from a recent research mission and then configure the aircraft for this “Direct Return” mission. The work entailed removing racks of research equipment, interior furnishings and other support equipment. Then the team installed beds, chairs and medical equipment to support the astronaut’s trip back to the U.S. In addition to preparing the interior, the mechanics completed scheduled maintenance to ensure top performance for this important mission. Mechanic Johnny Scott accompanied the aircraft to provide servicing and maintenance as needed. Support provided by all of the DI mechanics ensured the mission was successful and the aircraft was able to provide safe, reliable and comfortable transportation for the aircrew and passengers.
KBR Awarded Turnaround Services Contract on Gulf Coast Houston, Texas — May 7, 2013 — KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced it has been awarded a contract by a leading chemical company on the Gulf Coast to provide turnaround services for its pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) unit. KBR will conduct services as the general contractor to perform regulatory maintenance, mechanical fixed equipment, piping systems, electrical and instrumentation services for the pygas unit, as well as all aspects of event management, project controls and subcontractor management. Turnaround execution is expected to increase the operating unit efficiency. “KBR has the know-‐how and resources necessary to deliver our services safely, on time and within budget,” said Ivor Harrington, Group President, KBR Services. “We are proud to be selected to execute this important turnaround and build upon our consistent track record of success in the Gulf Coast petrochemical market.” KBR is a global engineering, construction and services company supporting the energy, hydrocarbon, power, industrial, civil infrastructure, minerals, government services and commercial markets. For more information, visit www.kbr.com.
Lockheed Martin Announces New System Available for Underwater Inspection HOUSTON, May 7, 2013 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is leveraging its proven capabilities and technology with autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to enable the oil and gas industry to perform subsea inspections faster, safer and more effectively with its Marlin® AUV System. Following Marlin’s successful inspection of 14 offshore sites and surrounding seabed last summer in the Gulf of Mexico for a major operating company, Lockheed Martin is making the Marlin system available for sale or lease to oil and gas service providers for underwater inspections. Marlin is a 10-‐foot long AUV equipped with advanced autonomy and high resolution optical and acoustic sensors that generates 3-‐D geo-‐referenced models of underwater platforms and surrounding seabed, creating an accurate view of the area. "We developed the Marlin from our extensive AUV systems experience to fill a need in the commercial sector," said Dan McLeod, program manager of Lockheed Martin’s Offshore Systems and Sensors business. "The Marlin essentially creates a window below the surface of the water that allows operators to manage what they typically cannot see, which is a game changer for our customers.” Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
NASA Extends Electrical Systems Engineering Services Contract WASHINGTON -‐-‐ NASA has extended its interim contract with MEI Technologies Inc. of Houston for electrical systems engineering services. The ordering period has been extended for five months from May 9 to Oct. 8. The maximum ordering value of this indefinite-‐delivery, indefinite-‐quantity contract has been increased by about $50 million to a total of about $287 million. This extension has been implemented to sustain performance until the Engineering Systems Engineering Services II follow-‐on contract is awarded. Under this contract, MEI Inc. performs tasks that are necessary for the study, design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, verification, and operations of spaceflight, airborne, and ground system hardware and software. Contract responsibilities also include development and validation of new technologies to enable future space and science missions in support of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Task orders issued under the contract provide critical support to a wide range of NASA's missions and projects including Global Precipitation Measurement, Magnetospheric MultiScale, Landsat Data Continuity Mission, James Webb Space Telescope, Soil Moisture Active-‐Passive, Soft X-‐Ray Spectrometer for the Astro-‐H mission, and the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System.
Fluor Awarded Contract for Dow U.S. Gulf Coast Investments Engineering, procurement and self-‐perform construction services in Freeport, Texas IRVING, Texas-‐-‐(BUSINESS WIRE)-‐-‐Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that it was awarded a contract by The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) to execute a significant portion of its U.S. Gulf Coast investments. Fluor’s scope includes the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a propane dehydrogenation unit, an ethane cracker, and associated power, utilities and infrastructure facility upgrades to support each unit. The facilities will be constructed in Dow's Oyster Creek facility in Freeport, Texas. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value into backlog in the first quarter of 2013. “Fluor has had a strong and long-‐standing relationship with Dow, supporting some of the industry’s most challenging and innovative projects,” said Peter Oosterveer, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Group. “This is a significant endeavor by Dow to process hydrocarbons from the domestic shale formations, and we are pleased to continue our support of their efforts.” Fluor’s Sugar Land, Texas, office will lead the EPC and self-‐perform construction phases of the project with additional support provided from the company’s Asia Pacific operations.
Battelle Wins $76 Million Chemical Demilitarization Contract at Kentucky Plant COLUMBUS, OH., 8 May, 2013—Battelle recently was awarded a key contract in its ongoing efforts to help rid the country of chemical weapons. In April, Bechtel National, Inc., awarded Battelle’s Demilitarization Business Unit a $76 million contract to support systemization activities at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-‐ Destruction Pilot Plant in Richmond, Kentucky. Under the five-‐year contract Battelle will provide science and technology services, agent air monitoring, and laboratory services to support the chemical weapons demilitarization plant during the final phases of its construction and readiness preparation. Battelle will employ more than 150 staff supporting a 24/7 schedule. Battelle has been an integral part of demilitarization operations throughout the country, supporting similar Army programs located in Alabama, Colorado, Maryland and Utah. The only remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons in the U.S. inventory are located at the Pueblo Chemical Army Depot and Blue Grass Army Depot and Battelle provides services to both of those demilitarization facilities. “We’re pleased to begin this latest chapter in our country’s important effort to rid the world of chemical weapons stockpiles,” said Dan Taylor, vice president and general manager of Battelle’s Demilitarization business. “We look forward to using our proven sound science and safe operating practices as we tackle this effort.”
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ConnectedLiving and CDW Healthcare Partner to Get Seniors Online and Connected Partnership speeds the implementation of new technology tools designed to positively affect overall wellness in long-‐term care communities QUINCY, Mass. – April 29, 2013 – ConnectedLiving, a mission-‐based organization helping senior citizens live richer, more connected lives through the use of technology, today announced a partnership with CDW Healthcare, a leading provider of technology solutions for healthcare. Together both organizations will deliver the technology, services and training necessary to get entire senior living communities online. More than half of adults over 65 actively use the Internet today, and in the next decade, 85 million baby boomers will retire and enter care facilities or require home health assistance. As they make choices about where they will reside, they will consider access to technology. Internet connectivity and other technology amenities are now standard and expected in senior care/long-‐term care facilities, especially by seniors who wish to stay connected with children and grandchildren who often communicate electronically via text, social media and the Internet. The ConnectedLiving program creates an environment for seniors to enjoy greater social interaction by connecting them with loved ones and providing open access to community, educational resources and healthcare resources through any Internet-‐ enabled device. Together, ConnectedLiving and CDW Healthcare will provide Web-‐based applications, IT infrastructure, networking technology, computing devices, hands-‐on staff facilitated training and remote support available seven days a week.
Centurylink Extends Fiber Network To Data Centers And Businesses In Jacksonville, Fla. JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -‐-‐ CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that it has extended its fiber network into metro Jacksonville, Fla., connecting to two independent, third-‐party data centers and enabling many business customer locations in the Jacksonville metro area with data and cloud-‐based services. CenturyLink's global network helps address the growing demand from businesses for increased bandwidth and greater network security. Customers located in the Jacksonville data centers can now connect to primary or backup Internet service or long-‐ haul data products using CenturyLink's fiber optic network. They also gain access to CenturyLink's data solutions portfolio which includes: CenturyLink IQ™ Internet Port -‐ Scalable Internet connectivity at access speeds customized to meet any business need. CenturyLink IQ™ Networking Private Port -‐ Flexible and reliable private IP-‐based VPN service that combines voice and data applications onto a single network. Optical Wavelength Service -‐ Fully managed, private, point-‐to-‐point service using dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. "CenturyLink's data networking products, combined with reliable connectivity to our nationwide and international network and secure access into data centers, will help businesses in Jacksonville develop and launch cloud-‐based offerings needed in today's fast-‐paced business environment," said Richard Twilley, CenturyLink vice president of sales. "By helping businesses tap into the power of managed hosting and cloud computing, CenturyLink frees them to focus on what matters most."
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Cubic Customer Metro Transit Reaches Near Record High Smart Card Usage SAN DIEGO, Calif. – May 7, 2013 – Cubic Transportation Systems, a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions, today recognized the achievement of its Minneapolis/St. Paul-‐based customer, Metro Transit that achieved near record high usage of its Go-‐To Card contactless smart cards in February 2013. The Go-‐To Card represented 54.7 percent of all fares collected during the month. The 3.43 million rides were paid for using Metro Transit’s Go-‐To Cards, which include the Metropass and cards used by high school and college students. Metro Transit is the 15th largest U.S. transit agency based on its ridership, which exceeded 81 million in 2012. The achievement drew the attention of the Star Tribune, where reporter Tim Harlow noted that Tom Randall, senior manager of revenue operations for Metro Transit, said the use of the older SuperSaver cards will drop even more as Metro Transit steers riders to the Go-‐To cards. “We are very excited about the growing use of the Go-‐To Card in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area,” said Steve Shewmaker, president of Cubic Transportation Systems. “The rising use of the Go-‐To Card is good for both Metro Transit and its customers, offering the convenience of cashless travel and one card to pay for all your public transportation whether bus, light rail or commuter train.” With the Go-‐To Card, riders tap their card to a reader, which automatically calculates and deducts the amount from their cards, speeding up the time it takes for riders to board buses and trains.
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Dell’s Flexible IT Solutions Help Accelerate Growth of Firms in Law Industry Dell continues to accelerate the growth of midsize businesses, providing scalable technology solutions that help firms focus on business needs without worrying about the reliability of their IT environment. Growing firms that are more progressive to invest in technology are poised to see better business performance. SMB Group's 2012 SMB Routes to Market Study found a strong correlation between increased technology investments and business performance. The survey revealed that 60% of the small and medium businesses (SMB) plan to invest more in technology in 2013, 85 percent of these SMBs expected revenue growth. Dell Compellent Helps Law Services Firm Become National Leader D4 provides corporations and law firms with litigation support through eDiscovery and computer forensic services, helping to reduce the number of documents attorneys review, saving their clients money. The firm, which is headquartered in Rochester, NY, experienced significant growth, its data was doubling every 18 months and the company needed an enterprise storage solution that could scale. “We’re dealing with an explosion in the amount of data that needs to be assessed in litigation,” says John Holland, CEO and founder of D4, LLC. “Of every dollar spent in litigation, 70 to 80 percent is spent on document review. The D4 value proposition is to reduce documents early. We get everything stored in a manner where we can search it, analyze it, and use automated tools and technology to winnow it down to the most responsive data set, so the cost of attorney review is minimized.” To address customer needs D4 chose Dell Compellent™ Storage Center array for its automated tiering, replays and cost-‐efficient scalability that would enable the company’s growth. D4 was able to boost speed while enabling zero storage downtime. The firm’s new ability to sift through data effectively has helped save the company $250,000 and increase revenue by 30 to 40 percent a year to become a national player in eDiscovery services.
Labs Develop New Bonding Experience by Laura Johnson posted April 04, 2013 Aerospace scientists have developed a new method for treating the surface of composite materials, allowing for more effective adhesive bonding. Composites, which are combinations of at least two different materials, are strong, stiff, and have a low density. This makes them ideal for use in spacecraft and launch vehicles. Composites are often joined together to create large structures. They can be joined using a fastener of some kind, but this adds undesirable weight. The preferred method is adhesive bonding, which, in layman’s terms, is basically gluing the two pieces together. Anyone who has ever glued something knows that it is important for the surface to be clean prior to applying the glue. The surface of composites must also be prepared prior to bonding, but there are problems with current methods. “Over the last 30 years the reinforcements used for composites continue to improve, which result in stiffer and stronger parts,” said Dr. Rafael Zaldivar, a senior scientist in the Materials Science Department. “Many of the surface preparation techniques that were developed 30 years ago (such as abrasion) have not evolved with the changes in these material systems. These new composite materials utilize fibers that are much stiffer, however, they tend to have weaker fiber-‐matrix interfaces which makes their composites less damage tolerant.” Abrasion, or scraping the surface, is a common manual process to remove contamination and prepare the surface for bonding, but it has the potential to damage the material. “Over the last several years, we have observed a large number of premature failures or lower than expected strengths in bonded composite joints used in our space structures,” Zaldivar said. “Our failure investigations showed that many were a result of the current surface preparation process that was employed. The process was actually damaging the composite resulting in low strengths and higher variability.”
Are H-‐1B Technical Skills Training Grants Improving Employment and Earnings of American Workers? BETHESDA, MD—Abt Associates has been awarded a $6.97 million contract by the U.S. Department of Labor to evaluate the impact of the H-‐1B Technical Skills Training Grants—grants which are designed to bolster the skills and employability of American workers for jobs often filled by highly educated, highly skilled foreign workers. “Our evaluation will determine if the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) H-‐1B training grants result in higher levels of employment and earnings among U.S. workers, indicating that they can meet the skill requirements of U.S. employers and potentially decrease U.S. businesses’ dependence on foreign workers here on H-‐1B visas,” said Cindy Taylor, vice president and leader of the Income Security and Workforce Practice at Abt Associates. Taylor said that foreign workers have been important to U.S.-‐based businesses, especially high tech companies, since 1990 when Congress authorized the H-‐1B visa, allowing these workers employment with American companies in response to business claims that they couldn’t find qualified Americans to fill certain jobs. By boosting the skills of American workers, the H-‐1B Technical Skills Trainings Grants, funded with fees collected from H-‐1B visa applications, hope to better qualify Americans for positions currently held by foreigners. The first training grants were first awarded to 36 public-‐private partnerships across the U.S. in 2011. Additional grants were awarded in 2012. In addition to assessing the impact of the H-‐1B training grants, the five-‐year evaluation by Abt will add to DOL’s understanding of the factors that facilitate or impede effective implementation of these grants, Taylor added.
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Centurylink to Make Omaha One of the Fastest Broadband Cities in America Thousands are eligible for company's new high-‐speed fiber network pilot OMAHA, Neb., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -‐-‐ CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it is connecting 48,000 Omaha homes and businesses with its new high-‐speed fiber network pilot that will deliver Internet speeds of up to one Gigabit per second (Gbps) – 100 times faster than average broadband speeds. CenturyLink is upgrading its existing fiber architecture in west Omaha to create a more robust network that delivers fiber optic connections directly to homes and businesses. This upgraded fiber-‐to-‐the-‐premises (FTTP) technology will provide eligible customers with access to some of the fastest upload and download Internet speeds currently available in the U.S. "CenturyLink is pleased to offer its Omaha customers ultra-‐fast broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps to help keep pace with growing broadband demands," said Karen Puckett, CenturyLink chief operating officer. "This demonstrates our commitment to deliver communications solutions that provide our customers with the technology they need to enhance their quality of life, now and into the future." Using 1 Gbps, customers can download a high-‐definition movie in seconds and stream it from multiple devices, gain instant access to cloud services and applications on demand, and subscribe to the latest information and entertainment services available. Speeds are also symmetrical, allowing customers to upload videos and large files of information just as fast as they download. Customers utilizing CenturyLink's 1 Gbps service in Omaha will have a direct connection to the company's recently upgraded 100 Gbps global network, designed to accommodate the bandwidth demand driven by cloud computing, mobile traffic, big data and video streaming. "After working on telecommunications issues for more than a decade now, I'm well aware of the many economic benefits that come from access to high-‐speed broadband," said U.S. Rep. Lee Terry (R-‐Neb.). "I'm proud that CenturyLink has chosen Omaha for its 1 Gig pilot and really believe that the sky is the limit for our local tech community now that they'll have access to the fastest Internet speeds in the country."
CH2M HILL Wins LCRA Lower Basin Reservoir Project April 25, 2013 CH2M HILL (www.ch2mhill.com ), a global full-‐ service consulting, design, construction and operations firm, was recently selected by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for Phase 1 Engineering services for the Lower Basin Reservoir Project near Lane City, Texas. CH2M HILL has performed water resources planning and study work for LCRA for many years, including the recent Water Supply Resource Plan that identified potential strategies to meet water demands through 2100. The project will involve the following: -‐
Design of an approximate 40,000 acre-‐foot, off-‐channel reservoir covering over 1,000 acres and with an earthen berm roughly 40 feet in height
Design for pump station and intakes rehab/upgrade with maximum capacity of 561 cubic feet/second, along with associated conveyance to and from the reservoir
Assessment and rehabilitation of a low-‐head dam on the river just downstream
The project will be delivered under a construction management at-‐risk (CMAR) delivery model, with CH2M HILL serving as the designer. The estimated total project cost is $206 million, with scheduled completion for July 2017. The CH2M HILL team will be led by project manager and global water services leader for CH2M HILL, Ken Hall. Says Hall, “This win solidifies our leadership position in the dam and large conveyance market. The ongoing drought is really driving water providers to supplement water supplies to meet customer needs, and we expect more reservoir and conveyance projects like this in the coming years. I am confident that our team will deliver a great project for LCRA, and we are excited about this opportunity to help LCRA.”
CB&I Announces Award of Execution Phase of Air Quality Control Program THE WOODLANDS, Texas, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -‐-‐ CB&I (NYSE: CBI) today announced it has been awarded a contract for the execution phase of an air quality control program for 13 existing coal-‐fired units at five sites. The units represent more than 9,000 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity. This award is valued at approximately $300 million. CB&I was awarded the development phase of the project in September 2012. During the execution phase, CB&I will provide engineering, procurement and construction management for modern air quality control technologies that will reduce emissions including sulfur dioxide, mercury, particulate and hydrogen chloride. This is a second quarter 2013 award. "CB&I has a rich history in air quality control retrofits. This project will allow us to continue our legacy in providing clean coal operations to meet or exceed current regulations," said Lasse Petterson, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Engineering, Construction and Maintenance operating group. CB&I is a leading provider of air quality control systems, including wet and dry flue gas desulfurization, dry sorbent injection, nitrogen oxides and mercury removal, and particulate emissions control systems. CB&I has performed emissions retrofits on more than 40,000 MW of power generation within the past 10 years.
ITT Exelis to Supply NASA/JPL with Advanced Antennas to Support Multinational Climate Research BOHEMIA, N.Y.-‐-‐(BUSINESS WIRE)-‐-‐May. 2, 2013-‐-‐ ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a contract by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., to provide specialized antennas for the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere & Climate-‐2 (COSMIC-‐2) program. By analyzing GPS signals altered by atmospheric conditions, COSMIC-‐2 satellites will provide insights that advance the study of meteorology, ionospheric research, climatology and space weather. Under the agreement, Exelis will provide JPL with 25 high-‐accuracy multiband Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) antennas. “Our antennas will ensure the satellites in the COSMIC-‐2 constellation receive signals clearly and effectively across multiple signal bands from GPS satellites,” said Paul Eyring, senior director of programs for antennas, sensors and microelectronics for Exelis Electronic Systems. “These antennas offer the next-‐generation sensor system performance that will help advance this important field of scientific research.” COSMIC-‐2/FORMOSAT-‐7 is a joint program sponsored by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Taiwan’s National Space Organization. The program’s planned constellation of 12 satellites will support a variety of atmospheric and ionospheric observation missions, providing a range of real-‐time atmospheric and space weather data. Each satellite will include two Exelis GNSS antennas.
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USIS | LABAT Awarded Records Management Contract by the U.S. Government Printing Office FALLS CHURCH, VA, April 30, 2013 — USIS | LABAT a leading provider of secure information management services, has been awarded a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). With this contract, government agencies nationwide gain access to records management solutions from USIS | LABAT, including digitization services, document storage, distribution, document conversion, electronic document storage and digital asset management. USIS | LABAT will maintain the contract for two base years with three additional one-‐year options. Individual task order values can reach upwards of $7 million. USIS | LABAT is an operating unit within USIS, an industry leader in security consulting solutions and the largest commercial provider of background investigations to the federal government. As a leader in the evolving field of secure document and records management for 20 years, USIS | LABAT has established cost-‐effective information management programs using state-‐of-‐the-‐art technologies and techniques for numerous federal agencies. “This indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract will easily enable any and all government agencies to procure USIS | LABAT content management solutions for on-‐ site services,” said Stacy Pervall, Vice President of USIS | LABAT. “We’re pleased to be an approved vendor on this contract and look forward to supporting clients through it.”
IntelliDyne, LLC Wins a $21M IT Support Contract with Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division Falls Church, VA – May 1, 2013 – IntelliDyne, LLC , a leading IT consulting firm for public sector agencies, announced today it was awarded a Department of Justice, Antitrust Division IT support contract. The contract with IntelliDyne is valued at $21 million over a five-‐year period, Base and Options. This new federal agency partnership will further enhance IntelliDyne’s growing Enterprise Infrastructure Management and Enterprise Collaboration practice. Under the newly awarded contract, IntelliDyne will support the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Information Systems Support Group, which delivers a full range of IT management functions and support tasks, including Project Management, Administrative Services, End-‐user Support Services, System Operations Administration, Systems Engineering and Development, Security, and Remote Trial Support to its end user clients. The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice operates with a primary mission of promoting competition within the U.S. economy through enforcement of, improvements to, and education about antitrust laws and principles. Through protecting competition across industries and geographic borders, the DOJ’s Antitrust Division works to serve as a catalyst for economic efficiency and growth with benefits accrued to both American consumers and American businesses. Tony Crescenzo, COO and Chief Strategy Officer, commented "As a trusted advisor, IntelliDyne has a proven track record of serving the strategic and tactical needs of United States Department of Justice and other law enforcement agencies. Our unique ability to connect the dots between business impact and IT requirements empowers our clients to benefit from higher operational efficiency across the enterprise. We look forward to supporting DOJ with innovation and dedication."
State Of California Selects CGI to Implement New Centralized Statewide Voter Registration System, Votecal Provides Californians with a consistent and uniform basis for exercising their right to vote Fairfax, Virginia, May 7, 2013 -‐ CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) today announced it will implement California’s new centralized statewide voter registration database system, VoteCal, providing a single official source of voter registration information. The contract is valued at US$38.75 million over four years. VoteCal will connect to multiple state agencies and all 58 county election official offices to improve the efficiency of the voter registration process. Currently, information about new and existing registered voters is separately maintained in county election management systems with the current statewide voter registration database (CalVoter) storing a copy of each county’s voter registration data and refreshing that data based on daily updates. VoteCal will include a new public website for people to register online, verify their registration, and look up provisional ballot and vote-‐by-‐mail ballot status—improving the public’s ability to register to vote and making it easier for voters to access or update their voter registration information. The federal government’s Help America Vote Act (HAVA) mandates states implement centralized voter registration systems. California is HAVA-‐compliant based on its existing legacy system, associated regulations, and supporting internal procedures. CGI will replace CalVoter with a modern and robust technical foundation and deliver added functionality. VoteCal will automate functions currently performed manually, support uniform application of voter laws, and establish uniform voter registration processes across the state, enabling California to more easily address the full intent of HAVA.
ATK Solid Rocket Boosters Complete Major Space Launch System Program Milestone ARLINGTON, Va., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -‐-‐ ATK (NYSE: ATK) has successfully completed its solid rocket booster Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with NASA for the new Space Launch System (SLS). The PDR milestone indicates the booster design is on track to support first flight of the SLS in 2017. The SLS vehicle will support NASA's human spaceflight exploration to all destinations beyond low-‐earth orbit. "This is a tremendous milestone for ATK as we work toward building the boosters for our country's Space Launch System," said Charlie Precourt, vice president and general manager of ATK's Space Launch division. "NASA's SLS will enable human exploration for decades to come." With the successful completion of PDR, the SLS booster design can now proceed with the associated activities required to advance the design toward Critical Design Review (CDR). Additionally, a ground static firing of qualification motor-‐1 is planned for later this year at ATK. "The booster PDR was successful and speaks to the importance of a collaborative design process with our NASA customer" said Fred Brasfield, ATK vice president, Next-‐ generation Booster. The SLS booster PDR is a significant step toward providing the necessary technical and programmatic information needed for NASA to obtain approval to proceed with development of the Space Launch System—which will support a variety of missions of national and international importance. ATK has 29 key suppliers across 16 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.
Ball Aerospace Receives Supplier of the Year Award from Boeing BOULDER, Colo., April 19, 2013 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been honored by The Boeing Company as a 2012 “Supplier of the Year” for outstanding avionics work, specifically on the F/A-‐18 and Harpoon antenna programs. The award was presented during a ceremony in San Diego, CA on April 18. Boeing annually acknowledges companies in 16 categories selected from suppliers from 50 countries worldwide. Each company is chosen based on statistical measurements of quality, on-‐time delivery, post-‐ delivery support, cost, and the ability to anticipate and respond to changing customer requirements. “We are very pleased to be honored by Boeing for the outstanding day-‐to-‐day performance delivered by Ball employees on programs critical to our nation,” said Rob Freedman, vice president and general manager of Ball’s Tactical Solutions business unit. “Harpoon is one of our longest-‐running programs and demonstrates our outstanding relationship with Boeing and the confidence they have in the quality of our work.” The award is presented to companies that consistently demonstrate excellence and exceed expectations in the delivery of high-‐quality products and services to Boeing. “These partners are critical to helping Boeing provide our customers the most affordable, highest-‐quality products and services possible,” said Jack House, leader of Boeing’s Supplier Management function. Ball Aerospace has been continually improving conformal high performance array antennas and has provided Boeing thousands of antennas over 33 years for the Harpoon anti-‐ship and land-‐strike missile. Additionally, the Ball Aerospace Tactical Solutions antenna unit has delivered over 500 F/A-‐18 units in the past decade, with 100 percent on-‐time delivery and quality.
Boeing Subsidiary Spectrolab Sets World Record for Solar Cell Efficiency Highest ever energy conversion efficiency without solar concentration Increased efficiency for ground-‐based applications SYLMAR, Calif., April 9, 2013 -‐-‐ A Spectrolab solar cell recently set a world record by converting more energy from the sun into electricity than any other ground-‐based solar cell without solar concentration. The Boeing [NYSE: BA] subsidiary's achievement in ground-‐based solar cell efficiency was verified by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. The cell converted 37.8 percent of solar energy using a new class of high-‐efficiency multi-‐junction solar cell, created from two or more materials and leveraging Boeing technology that makes semiconductor materials more reliable. The record was set without concentration, the common practice of having lenses or mirrors focus solar rays on the cells. "We expect this solar cell technology will have significant benefits for space, ground-‐ based, and sensor applications," said Troy Dawson, president of Spectrolab. Spectrolab believes this solar cell technology can attain higher levels of efficiency, "possibly more than 45 percent even under low concentrations," according to Nasser Karam, the company’s vice president for advanced technology. Spectrolab, which is part of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit, is the world's leading merchant supplier of high-‐efficiency multi-‐junction solar cells and panels for concentrated photovoltaic and spacecraft power systems. Spectrolab offers sensors and solar simulators, in addition to being the world’s leading provider of airborne searchlights. A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-‐ driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft.
CDW Recognized as an Emerson Network Power 2012 U.S. Partner Award Winner VERNON HILLS, Ill. – April 22, 2013 – CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare, today announced it has been named the Emerson Network Power 2012 U.S. Direct Market Reseller of the Year for demonstrating strength in actively selling the entire Emerson Network Power portfolio to the broadest range of customers. The Emerson Network Power 2012 U.S. Partner Awards recognize the performance of six award-‐winning companies that are Emerson’s top IT and facilities reseller partners. Award winners are chosen based on their commitment to business management and leadership, personal and professional integrity and responsiveness to customer needs. As an Emerson Network Power Innovation Partnership Program partner, CDW uses its expertise to help customers solve their power, cooling and infrastructure management challenges. “Our goal is straightforward,” said Matt Soroka, director of product and partner management, CDW. “Provide added value to our customers every day. This means participating in programs like the Emerson Network Power Innovation Partnership Program, not just to check a box and say ‘we did it,’ but to really empower our solution architects and engineers with the breadth and depth of knowledge to design and implement technology that meets each customer’s specific needs.” “As the Emerson Network Power 2012 U.S. Direct Market Reseller of the Year winner, CDW has shown demonstrable growth and understanding of the products, solutions and services required to meet our customers’ IT and facilities needs,” said Tracy Collins, director of global channel sales and marketing for Emerson Network Power. “We are pleased to recognize our valued partners who invest their time and resources in training and have committed to becoming experts in Emerson Network Power solutions.” For more information on Emerson Network Power technologies and services from CDW, visit www.CDW.com.
Centurylink Recycling Program Tops 70 Million Pounds Recycling program reduces carbon dioxide emissions MONROE, La., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -‐-‐ CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that its recycling program has exceeded 70 million pounds, or more than 35,000 short tons over a six year period (2007-‐2012). "CenturyLink is actively making choices to lessen our impact on the environment, and our recycling program is one way we're doing that," said, Brent Vander Ark, CenturyLink's vice president of supply chain management and decision support. "Our goal is to help ensure the long-‐ term health of the environment, joining with consumers and businesses who are focusing on ways to promote and practice the intelligent use of resources." CenturyLink's program recycles a wide range of materials, including metal reels, copper-‐ based materials, precious metals and electronics. In addition, the program recycles steel, aluminum, monitors, keyboards, computer mice, and other related items. In 2012, CenturyLink avoided more than 20,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by recycling approximately 5,900 short tons through cutting-‐edge methods. The emissions savings were calculated using the EPA Waste Reduction Model. CenturyLink works with Fortune Plastic & Metal, LLC in 36 of the company's 37-‐state local service area and uses Nevada Recycling in Nevada for metal and cardboard recycling. Additional information on CenturyLink's Sustainability program can be found at http://www.centurylink.com/Pages/AboutUs/Community/Environment/. About CenturyLink CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-‐quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers.
Arizona to Modernize Financial Management Systems with CGI Advantage® ERP Award sets stage for more efficient, cost-‐effective operations statewide
Fairfax, Virginia, April 12, 2013 -‐ CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced that the State of Arizona has selected the company’s built-‐for-‐government CGI Advantage enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for statewide financial management. The contract is valued at US$53 million over eight years. In selecting CGI Advantage, Arizona will retire its 20-‐ year-‐old legacy statewide financial system, AFIS, as well as other agency financial systems, and begin its move to an enterprise-‐wide financial management solution. The CGI-‐hosted solution will help Arizona government eliminate the redundancy and inefficiency of using multiple, disparate state agency financial systems, thereby lowering the costs of maintenance and operation. CGI Advantage improves performance overall by enabling agencies to standardize business processes and to operate with timely access to a single source of data. “Our vision is to re-‐engineer our business processes and leverage the best practices and innovative technology provided by CGI Advantage. This will allow us to implement efficient, cost-‐effective solutions to improve the performance of government through value-‐driven operations. We look forward to partnering with CGI in meeting these objectives and modernizing the way we do business,” said State Comptroller D. Clark Partridge. “We are thrilled that Arizona is partnering with CGI to transform their financial management operations,” said CGI Senior Vice-‐President Dave Delgado. “Our CGI Advantage solution has a long history supporting both state and local government organizations in Arizona and we are honored to be selected to meet Arizona’s statewide financial management needs.”
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Cubic Joins Royal Celebration of 150th Anniversary of the London Underground LONDON, March 28, 2013 – Cubic Transportation Systems’ president Steve Shewmaker was among the small group of Transport for London (TfL) partners invited to meet Her Majesty The Queen during the latest event in a year-‐long calendar of activities to mark the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground. Her Majesty visited Baker Street Underground Station accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Cubic Transportation Systems, a subsidiary of San Diego-‐based Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB), is TfL’s partner for ticketing, gating and revenue management, and is a leading integrator of transportation technology and services provider for intelligent travel solutions. During the March 20 visit, the Royal party was introduced to key London Underground staff, apprentices and suppliers involved in the restoration of an 1892 underground coach that was a highlight of January’s commemorative steam run. The run included a restored steam locomotive and carriages that recreated the world’s first underground rail journey run on London’s Metropolitan Railway on Jan. 13, 1863. Cubic is the lead industry sponsor of the 150th Anniversary and also played a significant supporting role to TfL during last year’s Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics, when the performance of London’s transport network was universally praised. The Royal Party was also shown examples of the London Underground’s past and future, including the Metropolitan Railway Jubilee Carriage No 353, the oldest operational Underground carriage in existence and used recently on a steam run to commemorate the 150th anniversary.
Dell Accelerates Customers’ BYOD Initiatives with New Portfolio of Mobility Solutions Dell today unveiled new solutions that help organizations better plan, deploy and manage mobile and BYOD environments to help drive greater business value from their IT investments. The latest offerings also reinforce Dell’s role in delivering innovative, end-‐to-‐end solutions that simplify complex data environments, accelerate cloud transformations, reduce mobility obstacles and mitigate security risks. At Dell’s “The Power to Do More—Accelerating Results” event held in San Francisco today, company executives, industry leaders, global customers and channel partners shared insights and perspectives on Dell’s end-‐to-‐end strategy for meeting customers’ requirements. Additionally, interactive, customer-‐led discussions showcased Dell’s integrated technologies and scalable design point, which are proving instrumental in addressing emerging business demands and technology megatrends, including consumerization of IT, cloud computing, data insights, security and business intelligence. According to Gartner[i], “new technologies, implemented in innovative ways, hold great promise, but they also threaten traditional management models and formal policies. [Companies should] support this new reality by breaking down unproductive silos and freeing employees—through new technologies and processes—to collaborate and communicate more productively with one another.” “Dell is uniquely positioned to deliver highly differentiated, complete solutions—from clients to cloud and everything in between—that remove the barriers created by legacy technologies while empowering customers and partners to unlock new business opportunities,” said John Swainson, president, Dell Software. “Software is the catalyst to modernizing today’s IT environments, enabling organizations to do more and achieve greater business results.”
Accenture Receives Two 2013 SAP® Pinnacle Awards Forty-‐two SAP partner awards presented to Accenture globally since 2012 NEW YORK; May 7, 2013 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) received two 2013 SAP® Pinnacle awards in the categories of “Cloud Co-‐innovation Partner of the Year” and the “System Integrator Market Impact Award.” The company was also named a finalist in two other service categories: “Database and Technology/HANA Co-‐innovation Partner of the Year” and “Service Expansion Award.” SAP Pinnacle awards are presented annually to the top SAP (NYSE: SAP) partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with SAP and driving customer success. Finalists and winners in 19 categories were based on field recommendations, customer feedback and performance indicators in the following four categories: co-‐innovation, market expansion, service delivery and sustainability. “We’re pleased to be honored with two 2013 SAP Pinnacle awards, especially in a key strategic growth area like cloud,” said Christophe Mouille, global managing director of SAP business, Accenture. “This recognition is further validation of the deep skills and capabilities Accenture possesses in support of SAP solutions that enable us to deliver strong business value and innovation to our clients.” “We congratulate Accenture on its well-‐deserved recognition of two 2013 SAP Pinnacle awards and on its outstanding partnership with SAP,” said Eric Duffaut, corporate officer and president, Global Ecosystem and Channels, SAP. “SAP is an innovative and fast-‐ growth company. We put customer success at the center of everything we do. Our vibrant and expanding ecosystem of partners is critical to the company we are now and the company we want to become in the future. Together with our partners – who are co-‐innovating with us, reselling and implementing our solutions – we offer choice and deliver transformational value to our joint customers of all sizes. Partners like Accenture are our force multipliers, and today, more than ever, they are essential to our customers’ success.”
DAI to Host London Workshop: “From Critique to Construction: Next Steps in Making Participation Work for Development” DAI, in association with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is hosting a workshop convening policymakers, practitioners, and academics to explore the topic, “From Critique to Construction: Next Steps in Making Participation Work for Development,” in London on May 30 at Central Westminster Hall. This event will be moderated by Tom Carothers, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment and co-‐author of “Development Aid Confronts Politics: The Almost Revolution.” Featured speakers will include Ghazala Mansuri, a lead economist in the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Equity Group and co-‐author of “Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?” with colleague Vijayendra Rao, lead economist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group. Other panellists include Harris Khalique, Team Leader of the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID)-‐funded AAWAZ Voice and Accountability program in Pakistan, and Ann Hudock, DAI’s Global Lead, Effective Governance, Voice & Accountability. The workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore with leading thinkers the challenge of increasing participation in the development process: what works, what doesn’t, and why.
Dell Helps Amerijet Modernize its Data Center to Get Shipments Delivered Faster Amerijet International, Inc., a Florida-‐based cargo shipping company, now can better support organic business growth with an end-‐to-‐end Dell data center solution comprised of infrastructure, software and services. The company’s new modern data center has helped cut facility costs by 60 percent through energy efficiency and reduced the time to print a manifest and close flights by 96 percent, expediting freight transportation, meeting more customs cut-‐off times and improving customer satisfaction. Taking the company to the next level and expediting shipment services required a fundamental shift that turned IT into a business enabler. A three-‐year plan for change included moving to a new data center facility and replacing the company’s mixed-‐ vendor environment with an end-‐to-‐end Dell infrastructure that includes hardware, software and services. The new data center provides maximum availability and performance for Amerijet’s critical business applications and cargo systems. Working closely with Dell as a strategic end-‐to-‐end IT provider enabled Amerijet to build a reliable, scalable and flexible enterprise datacenter. The company built its new virtualized data center based on Dell blade servers, storage, switches, desktops, printers, firewalls and back-‐up software, as well as services. With assistance from Dell Services, Amerijet’s IT team migrated its entire data center in 10 hours. The modern virtualized IT infrastructure enables the company to run cargo inventory reports in seconds instead of the previous 40 minutes and avoid unplanned downtime. The IT team is able to shift their focus from tactical execution to strategic thinking. Amerijet carries more than 200 million pounds of freight annually to more than 550 destinations worldwide. With a leading presence in its primary service regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, Amerijet is experiencing continued global growth—but the company’s existing systems were not able to support that growth.
Accenture Selects Mount Airey Group as “Small Business of the Year” Award Recognizes Excellence in Program Management Among Small Business Community ARLINGTON, Va.; May 1, 2013 – Accenture Federal Services announced Mount Airey Group Inc. as the recipient of Accenture’s inaugural “Small Business of the Year” award. Mount Airey Group, a Small Business Administration (SBA) 8a company specializing in identity management and authorization solutions, was selected for its outstanding work on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-‐VISIT) program. The Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) oversees the US-‐VISIT, a biometric and biographic identity management system that helps federal, state and local officials determine if travelers can legally enter or remain in the United States. Biometrics are unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, that can be used for automated identity recognition. As Accenture’s subcontractor on US-‐VISIT, Mount Airey Group plays an integral role in the successful delivery of a number of high-‐level projects. Over the past seven years, the company has brought strategic biometric and expertise to support Accenture and help drive the program. “Mount Airey Group brings the highest caliber resources and overall professionalism to this critical identity management program,” said David Moskovitz, CEO of Accenture Federal Services. “Their tremendous sense of collaboration contributes directly to the ongoing success of this program.” Accenture Federal Services established the “Small Business of the Year” award to show its dedication and appreciation to the small business community across the country. Mount Airey Group was selected from a pool of 349 subcontractors. Other finalists included IT Partners, BridgePhase and Enterprise Consulting Group. Businesses were rated on three core areas: technical quality, financial management and overall program management.
Global Intelligence Forum USA July 30-31 – Washington, D.C. For over 30 years, the government and industry members of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee have sponsored highly regarded classified symposia and conferences for intelligence professionals. Now – in partnership with AFCEA’s Cyber Committee – the Intelligence Committee is bringing that same expertise to an unclassified forum as part of its commitment to supporting the public-private partnership the nation needs to ensure secure operations in cyberspace. On July 30-31, 2013, in the National Press Club in the heart of Washington, D.C. right near the White House, the AFCEA Global Intelligence Forum will focus specifically on the role of intelligence in the cyber domain. During this day and a half, unclassified conference, leaders from across the government, military, and industry will explore the role that the Intelligence Community can play in helping to ensure free and secure cyberspace operations – from setting requirements, to collecting and analyzing data, to delivering insights and recommendations. In the end, the discourse will look at where industry can partner with the government to provide cyber situational awareness and indications and warning. To receive the member rate for conference registration you must be an active AFCEA individual member or designated associate member of an AFCEA corporate member company. If you sign up for the member rate and do not meet the criteria, you will be charged the correct rate.
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ISM Risk Management Conference July 25-26 – Chicago For many industries, the supply chain is the number-one arena for risk susceptibility. In the past few years, we have seen natural disasters dramatically impact international supply chains. Think of your own supply chain and where gaps can be found — anywhere from supplier weakness to economic uncertainty and fluctuating markets. This conference is designed to provide an overview and practical information to help you connect the dots from risk management to your supply chain planning and execution. The conference theme focuses on the many facets of risk management. Discover how organizations successfully confront risk using innovative tools and processes, and make those solutions part of your risk management survival kit. This program includes takeaways and success stories to apply to your enterprise. Practitioners share their tried-and-true stories to help companies avoid pitfalls. If the past few years have taught us anything, it's that we must be prepared if we want to succeed. This is an opportunity to gain insight from supply chain professionals who have been in the trenches. Featured speakers include upper-level executives from world class organizations such as GE, Eli Lilly & Co. and Kraft Foods Group. Each session includes practical tools, assessments and takeaways so you can develop your risk strategy — or fine-tune your existing plan. Don't wait until disaster strikes; be prepared for what may be around the corner. For more information, visit: www.ism.ws/conferences/content.cfm?ItemNumber=23500
NCMA’s Cost and Pricing Virtual Conference June 20 - Online
The importance of cost and pricing cannot be understated, and NCMA’s “Cost & Pricing Virtual Conference” is a must-attend educational event you simply can’t afford to miss. For both government and industry contract management professionals, seasoned or early in your career, key topics and practical solutions to cost and pricing challenges are within reach by attending this online event. Given the current environment of economic challenges and austere conditions, use this virtual conference to learn and apply focused principles and practices to meet organizational and mission-driven requirements. In these times of austerity, the need to understand practical measures to meet government needs through fair and reasonable prices is still an imperative component in procurement. Cost and pricing decisions on present and future scenarios highlight the need for in-depth understanding of practical strategies to help you stay get ahead of the game. This training event is the one you need to best prepare you to meet the challenges ahead. Out of these sessions, you can expect to hear from some of the most knowledgeable and recognized experts in our profession. So join this dynamic training discussion. It is sure to exceed your expectations and provide the knowledge and leverage you’ll need to impact the procurement decisions to meet the needs of your organization. For more information, visitwww.ncmahq.org/events, or contact Education Program Specialist Katie Minan at email@example.com.
FedScoops presents FedTalks 2013 June 12 – Washington, D.C. On June, 12, 2013, America’s brightest innovators and influencers will come together for the biggest federal government event of the year. FedTalks is the largest annual gathering of the top 1000 leaders from the tech and government IT communities coming together from around the country to D.C. for one day to discuss how technology and people can change government and our communities. This widely-attended conference is comprised of C–level executives from the tech industry, The White House, federal agencies, distinguished members of Congress and more and is comprised of keynotes on the topics of: Innovation, Philanthropy, Leadership, Lowering the Cost of Government with Technology and Citizen Engagement in Government For more information, visit fedscoop.com/events/fedtalks2013/ or contact FedScoop by phone at 202.344.5180.