Weekly Roundup Sept 14 – Sept 18 2015: 2015 GovCon Award Nominations Are In, No Deal for ULA & more

Weekly Roundup
Sept 14 – Sept 18 2015

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

The list of this year’s Greater Washington Government Contractor Award finalists came out this week and the category of companies with more than $300 million in annual revenue features some of the sector’s most notable names and leaders.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and Professional Services Council hand the GovCon awards each year to executives and companies the organizations deem as “demonstrative of leadership, innovation and commitment to the excellence of the individuals and businesses in the region’s government contracting sector.”

Six GovCon executives and five companies are up for nomination in the $300 million-plus category that saw Anne Altman, IBM’s U.S. federal lead, and American Systems take home the honors in 2014 for “Executive of the Year” and “Contractor of the Year” respectively.


Five of the “Executive of the Year” nominees for 2015 in the $300 million-plus are also members of Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2015,  our selection of GovCon’s most influential voices.

Leaders up for this year’s “Executive of the Year” GovCon Award in that category include:

  • Sondra Barbour: head of Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS segment
  • Marilyn Crouther: U.S. public sector lead at HP
  • Mac Curtis: CEO of Vencore
  • John Heller: CEO of PAE
  • Tom Romeo: federal services president at Maximus
  • Mark Testoni, CEO of SAP NS2

“Contractor of the Year” nominees in the $300 million-plus category are:

  • Accenture’s federal services subsidiary
  • Bechtel
  • Engility
  • PAE

Click here to read GovCon Executive’s coverage of the nominations in all categories and check GCE’s sister site ExecutiveBiz in early November to find out the identity of the winners.


Now is the time to reserve your seat at the Potomac Officers Club‘s next “CIO Speaker Series” event for Thursday, which will feature the GSA’s Chris Hamm as the keynote and a panel discussion to feature leaders from the public and private sectors.

Hamm leads the agency’s Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, which provides U.S. agencies acquisition support for information technology and professional services.

Additionally, we are looking forward to the POC’s 2015 Cybersecurity Summit on Oct. 15 with Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command, lined up as the headline speaker.

Click here to sign up for these events and view POC’s full calendar.


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NASA Picks ASRC-ATA JV for Potential $505M Mechanical Engineering Contract
ATA Aerospace is a joint venture of Applied Technology Associates and ASRC Federal’s defense and space segment.
Northrop to Spend Another $4B on Stock Buyback Plan
The company has retired 54.3 million of the estimated 60 million shares it plans to repurchase by the end of this calendar year.
Parsons Lands Construction Project Management Contract with GSA; Mary Ann Hopkins Comments
GSA’s potential five-year BPA covers one base year and up to four option years of work at facilities of CBP and other agencies.
Grant Thornton: 42% of GovCon Firms Saw Increased Contract Revenues During FY 2014
The professional services company asked government contractors for their opinions in GT’s annual survey of the GovCon market’s state.
Ashton Carter: US Military Could Face $38B Deficit Under Full-Year CR
Carter told the Air Force Association conference Wednesday the lack of a budget deal affects DoD’s recruiting and innovation efforts.
Defense, Aerospace Trade Groups Urge Congress to Strike FY 2016 Bipartisan Budget Deal
Four associations that represent GovCon firms told House and Senate leaders to agree on a budget instead of pass a continuing resolution.
MeriTalk Study: 1 in 3 Agencies Experienced Insider Data Loss in Past Year
The survey asked 150 federal IT leaders for their views on how agencies are navigating the insider threat environment.
FBI Warns About Internet of Things-Related Cyber Crimes
The bureau tells business and consumers in a PSA to be aware of efforts by online criminals to hack unprotected and connected devices.

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