EM’s Weekly Roundup: Major Wash100 Voting News; Lockheed Martin Reports Effects of COVID-19; Paul Dillahay Comments on New NCI Contract; Orlando Figueredo Joins Perspecta; AEgis Technologies Group Acquires EMRC Heli; Frank Abagnale Talks IRS and CARES Act & Weekly Top Ten Stories

**NEWS ALERT** Gina Haspel Overtakes Top Spot in Wash100 Vote Rankings; Stacey Dixon, Juliane Gallina, Katie Arrington Push into Top 10 

Gina Haspel (L)
Dr.Stacey Dixon (R)

After rising in the 2020 Wash100 Rankings for the past few weeks, Gina Haspel, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has overtaken first place. Her ascension in the rankings proves that your votes make a difference and any executive has the chance to rise to the top spot by June 1st. Click here to vote for your favorite executives from the GovCon sector. 

Also climbing, Stacey Dixon, deputy director for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), rose into fourth place from seventh place last week. Her sudden surge in the Wash100 Rankings has established her as a must-watch name until the June 1st deadline. Gen. Paul Nakasone continues to hold onto the fifth spot for at least another week and the top five is facing heavy competition.

Juliane Gallina (L)
Katie Arrington (R)

Juliane Gallina, chief information officer of the CIA, continued to climb the ranks into seventh place and could break into the top five very soon if her wave of momentum continues. Most notably, Katie Arrington, chief evangelist for CMMC, jumped seven spots this week to surge from 16th place to ninth.

To date, over 6,000 votes have been cast by the government contracting (GovCon) community in the 2020 Wash100 Rankings. Between now and June 1st, we expect an all-time turnout of votes and industry participation to determine who will finish at the top of the rankings as the most significant member of consequence to the GovCon community in 2020. 

As an active member of the GovCon community, you need to cast your votes before June 1st to help your favorite executives make a stand in the 2020 Wash100 Rankings. Make no mistake, your votes matter and will help determine who the GovCon community will stand behind as its most influential member. 

Your votes could be the difference in what’s expected to be the most competitive vote in GovCon history. Vote Now and make a difference in the Wash100 Rankings

Here are the current rankings for the top 20 executives in the 2020 Wash100 Popular Vote: 

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Lockheed Martin Reports Effects of COVID-19 on Healthcare, Supply Chain; Marillyn Hewson Quoted

Marillyn Hewson

As COVID-19 continues to influence all aspects of our economy, Lockheed Martin announced on Monday that it will further the company’s efforts to aid important supply chain businesses that help deliver national security for the United States, 

Lockheed has projected that it will be able to flow down over $450 million in accelerated payments to its supply chain partners who are critical to supporting the economy and national security. The company will also support the nation’s health care workers and first responders by donating Lockheed’s corporate jet fleet to the federal government’s COVID-19 relief efforts. 

“As we continue to face this unprecedented crisis, Lockheed Martin is driven by our commitment to the mission of our U.S. and allied customers. We will continue to maintain our operations for our men and women in uniform and we are resolved to find additional ways to contribute to the relief and recovery from COVID-19,” said Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

NCI Secures Contract to Provide Critical IT Operations for Army Futures Command Headquarters; Paul Dillahay Quoted

Paul Dillahay

NCI Information Systems (NCI) has announced its team has initiated work on a new contract to provide command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence/information technology (C5I/IT) systems for the U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC), the company announced on Tuesday

“This is a really important milestone for us. It reflects on our great past work with the Army along with Army Futures Command, as well as their confidence in our expertise, exemplary work quality, and our highly-trained and talented NCI team, who are giving their all every day to support our customers across the federal mission landscape,” said Paul Dillahay, president and CEO of NCI and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient. 

NCI will provide IT systems development and support services, including engineering, furnishing, installing, securing and testing for AFC’s C5I/IT systems as well as deliver integration of systems, project management support data, on-site training and equipment warranty. 

Orlando Figueredo Named Perspecta Business Development VP for Intelligence Group; Sean Mullen Quoted

Orlando Figueredo

In addition, Orlando Figueredo, former vice president of operations at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) and a previous 2016 Wash100 Award winner, has joined Perspecta as vice president of business development for the company’s intelligence group. 

Figueredo will oversee the development of the company’s pipelines, advance growth opportunities, defend competitive recompetes and manage all business development efforts of the intelligence group, 

AEgis Technologies Group Acquires EMRC Heli to Expand Offerings; Jonathan Moneymaker Quoted

Jonathan Moneymaker

Arlington Capital Partners’ portfolio company, AEgis Technologies Group has announced the acquisition of partner and sUAS manufacturer EMRC Heli to expand AEgis’ offerings, the company announced on Wednesday

With the acquisition, EMRC’s capabilities will enhance AEgis’ DE mission area, accelerate the testing and fielding of DE weapon systems and expand AEgis’ UAS portfolio to support multi-mission sensor suites, swarm applications and proxy warfare for the warfighter.

Arlington Capital Partners will accelerate AEgis’ mission of “Leading the Transformation of Modern Warfare” through continued inorganic investment while also capitalizing the business to best serve their customers.

“The acquisition of EMRC Heli to the AEgis platform deepens our offering to our existing markets while enabling us to offer complete platform-to-payload solutions and rapidly integrate new advanced capabilities support to adjacent missions,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, CEO of AEgis Technologies Group.

Well Known Security Expert Frank Abagnale (Catch Me if You Can) Explains Why IRS Data Issues Hurts CARES Act

Frank Abagnale

GovConWire published an opinion piece on April 9th from well known security expert, GovCon Expert and celebrity Frank Abagnale, who you may know better as the inspiration behind the 2002 film, “Catch Me if You Can” featuring Leonardo Dicaprio as Abagnale. 

A former professional impostor and the author of the bestselling memoir, Catch Me If You Can, as well as Scam Me If You Can, The Art of the Steal and Stealing Your Life, Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of fraud, forgery, and cyber security.

In light of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that is designed to provide emergency assistance in these troubled times, Abagnale dug into the potential issues the act faces as the IRS struggles to provide that assistance with the wrong data. 

He stated that, “While Washington’s intentions are good, there’s a strong possibility that those who most need that money won’t receive it quickly enough ̶ and worse, that billions of those dollars will actually end up in misdirected payments to fraudsters.”

You can read GovCon Expert Frank Abagnale’s full article on GovConWire by clicking here.

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