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EM’s Weekly Roundup: Brian Goodger Talks $40B IT Support GWAC; Gerry Fasano Discusses $7.7B NGEN Deal; Constellis, Honeywell Sign PPE Product Distribution Agreement; AFS to Transform DON Enterprise; Chuck Prow Details Zenetex Acquisition

Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic

THIS WEEK’S TOP 10 MOST POPULAR STORIES View Weekly Contract Awards Qualtrics Expects Valuation of $14B From IPO Qualtrics, an experience management platform developer acquired by SAP (NYSE: SAP) in 2018, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for its planned initial public offering and will trade on Nasdaq using the ticker symbol …

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Former KeyW Exec Kirk Herdman Appointed VTG National Security Solutions Business Head

Kirk Herdman President

Kirk Herdman, formerly executive vice president of business and corporate development at KeyW, has joined VTG as president of the Chantilly, Virginia-based company's national security solutions unit. John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO, describes Herdman as “a thoughtful leader who brings a wealth of strategic insight, technical expertise, and operational savvy to this new role, as well as an impressive track record growing public- and private-sector businesses in the GovCon market.”

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Navy Taps Seven Companies for Nearly $1B Pacific Region Construction Contract

NAVFAC

Seven companies have been awarded spots on a potential five-year, $990M U.S. Navy contract to build facilities, infrastructure and ranges at various locations throughout Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command's Pacific area of operations, DVIDSHub reported Wednesday. The Japanese government will finance construction projects that will take place in Guam via the multiple-award contract as part of a U.S.-Japan agreement.

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GovCon Expert Alan Chvotkin Joins Nichols Liu as Partner, President of Pub K; Robert Nichols Quoted

GovCon Expert Alan Chvotkin, partner of Nichols Liu and president of Pub K

GovCon Expert Alan Chvotkin has joined law firm Nichols Liu as a partner. He has also been named the president of Pub K, a publisher covering the government contracting (GovCon) industry. “We are thrilled to have Alan Chvotkin, a recognized national expert on federal government contracting, join Nichols Liu,” said Robert Nichols, founding partner of Nichols Liu. “His knowledge, experience, and advocacy skills align perfectly with our firm’s principal focus of helping government contractors solve thorny problems and capitalize on opportunities.”

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Lockheed Announces Passing of 34-Year Company Veteran Michele Evans

Michele Evans

Michele Evans, most recently executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) aeronautics business area, passed away Friday at the age of 55. “Throughout her career, Michele led some of the most important programs that ensure the security of our nation and its allies and help make our world a safer place,” Lockheed President and CEO James Taiclet said in a statement Saturday.

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Industry Execs Say Open Architecture Could Lower Defense Market Entry Barriers, Drive M&A Pursuits

Mergers and Acquisitions

BAE Systems and Dcode executives said at Baird's Government & Defense Conference earlier this month that open architecture and modular systems design requirements could make it easier for technology vendors to enter the federal market, the Washington Business Journal reported.

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Brian Goodger: NIH Center Eyes January Release of Final RFP for $40B CIO-SP4 IT Support GWAC

Brian Goodger Acting Director NITAAC

Brian Goodger, acting director of the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, said NITAAC expects the final request for proposals for the potential five-year, $40B follow-on governmentwide acquisition contract for IT support services to be released between Jan. 11 and 15, Government CIO reported Tuesday.

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