EM’s Weekly Roundup: Wash100 Voting Extended Until June 1st; Sue Gordon Joins CACI Board of Directors; Leidos Restarts Work for Air Force; Army Modernization Efforts Update; POC to Host CMMC Forum on June 24th; Soraya Correa Unveils COVID-19 Response Efforts; Sen. Mark Warner Talks CARES Act and Weekly Top 10 Stories

Gina Haspel, Juliane Gallina, Gen. Paul Nakasone, Teresa Carlson, Hon. Ellen Lord Climb Wash100 Popular Vote Rankings; Wash100 Voting Extended Until June 1st.

Because of the limitations created by the COVID-19 situation, Executive Mosaic has extended the Wash100 Popular Vote this year until June 1st to give the government contracting (GovCon) community more time to vote for your favorites executives

We’re expecting an all-time record high casting of votes and industry participation, which will make this year’s rankings the most competitive in Wash100 history. Cast your votes now and watch the rankings to see who the GovCon community believes will be the top executive of consequence in the sector by June 1st.

Gina Haspel (L), Gen. Paul Nakasone (M), Juliane Gallina (R)

Since last week’s results, several GovCon executives have climbed the rankings to catch Woody Talcove of LexisNexis Risk Solutions who remains in the top spot.

After rising in the rankings for the past two weeks, Gina Haspel of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) now sits in second place and is riding a wave of momentum that could take her into first place as soon as next week. 

Gen. Paul Nakasone has steadily been climbing the ranks for weeks and broke through to take the fifth spot in the current rankings. Last week, Juliane Gallina, chief information officer of the CIA, made the biggest climb in the rankings and has continued her momentum to reach ninth place. 

Teresa Carlson (L) Hon. Ellen Lord (R)

Not surprisingly, previous Wash100 winners Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services jumped two spaces from 13th place to 11th and Hon. Ellen Lord of DoD rose from 15th to 12th place. 

Vote before June 1st to ensure that your picks have the chance to climb the rankings and win the 2020 Wash100 Popular Vote. Don’t wait until the last minute and miss out on all the fun! 

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

CACI Adds Former ODNI Official Sue Gordon to Board of Directors

Sue Gordon
Former PDDNI

Sue Gordon, former principal deputy director at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and two-time Wash100 Award recipient, has joined the board of directors at CACI International, GovConWire reported on Tuesday

Gordon brings over three decades of experience with the intelligence community to help CACI grow its technology and service offerings for the IC sector in the cyber, artificial intelligence and space areas. 

In addition, she advised the National Security Council and the U.S. president on intelligence matters during her tenure as the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI). 

She also drove transformation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as its deputy director. Before NGA, Gordon spent 27 years at the CIA where she held senior executive roles within the agency’s operations, analysis, science and technology and support directorates.

Leidos Resumes IT Support Contract Work for U.S. Air Force; Gerry Fasano Quoted 

Gerry Fasano
President
Leidos Defense Group

Leidos has restarted work on a five-year, $450 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for information technology support to the U.S. Air Force customers throughout the National Capital Region, the company announced on April. 2nd

The contract covers IT operations support at the classified and unclassified levels for Air Force components as well as other military users in the Washington, D.C. metro area such as the Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Military Command Center. Tasks encompass enterprise IT, program management, cybersecurity and system engineering services.

“We are honored to support ‘no-fail’ missions operated out of the NCR by keeping military decision makers securely connected,” said Gerry Fasano, president of Leidos’s defense group and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient. 

In addition, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has dismissed General Dynamics’ protest of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) award of a potential $6.52 billion contract for Leidos to provide support services to the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN). 

Leidos can now continue to manage DODIN and provide network services to military users under the Global Solutions Management-Operations II contract the company originally won in December

“We’re pleased the protest was quickly dismissed and are hitting the ground running,” Fasano commented.

2020 Wash100 Awardees John Murray, Bruce Jette Cite Plans to Prevent Disruptions in Army Modernization Efforts

Gen. John Murray
Commanding Officer
Army Futures Command

U.S. Army officials have said that the military branch is working to prevent further delays in its more than 800 acquisition programs as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause disruptions, National Defense Magazine reported Friday.

Gen. John Murray, commanding officer of the Army Futures Command and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said at a teleconference that programs such as the integrated air-and-missile defense battle command system could be at risk of delays due to current health-related restrictions.

Bruce Jette
Assistant Secretary
of the (ASA(ALT))

Testing of the IBCS was initially slated to take place in May while another test for the long-range precision strike missile is scheduled for this month.

According to Murray, the Army may “have to look at some concurrency” if the service deems it necessary.

Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, and a fellow 2020 Wash100 Awardee, hypersonics technology amid the health crisis.

Potomac Officers Club to Host CMMC Forum on June 24th; Featuring Katherine Arrington

Katherine Arrington
CISO
DoD Acquisition Office

Katherine Arrington, chief information security officer for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, will be featured as the keynote speaker for Potomac Officers Club’s CMMC Forum on June 24th. You can register here for one of the most important forums of the year. The forum will also be available via livestream. 

Arrington will address the CMMC’s timeline, how the certification process could change and will provide a memorandum of understanding with a newly established CMMC accrediting body.

Join Potomac Officers Club for its CMMC Forum on June 24th to learn about the impact DoD’s CMMC will have on cybersecurity practices, supply chain security and other aspects of the federal market.

Soraya Correa Unveils DHS Procurement Team for COVID-19 Response Efforts

Soraya Correa
Chief Procurement Officer
DHS

Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is standing up an acquisition team that will handle coronavirus-related sourcing and industry engagement activities across DHS components.

Correa wrote in a statement dated April 2 that the COVID-19 Procurement and Acquisition Innovation Response Team will manage coordination across the DHS and Federal Emergency Management Agency to streamline all procurement-related operations for disease response.

“The COVID-19 PAIR team is ensuring that DHS is maximizing procurement flexibilities and innovative approaches to meet the requirements for COVID-19 response,” Correa said. “We thank you in advance for working with DHS to bring your best ideas and solutions forward to address DHS needs and capability gaps.”

Sen. Mark Warner Asks OMB to Clarify Relief for Contractors Involved in National Security Missions

Sen. Mark Warner
Vice Chairman of the
Senate Intelligence Committee

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a three-time Wash100 Award recipient, has asked the Office of Management and Budget to release a directive that would direct agencies to implement a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that offers relief to contractors supporting the country’s national security missions.

“Without such overarching directive, I fear that agencies and their contracting officers will take disparate approaches, leading to uncertainty and instability in the contractor industrial base, if not a permanent loss of capability,” Warner wrote in a letter to Acting OMB Director Russell Vought.

Warner said he wants the policy to support teleworking initiatives and payment for contractors amid the COVID-19 pandemic and provide a fair cost reimbursement method.

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