Weekly Roundup Feb 27 – March 5 2015

Weekly Roundup
Feb 27 – March 5 2015

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A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

A dramatic week in GovCon saw uncertainty and disagreement on Capitol Hill over how to fund the Department of Homeland Security this year and another significant acquisition in the government services market by one of its stalwart brands.

DHS and its private sector partners breathed a small sigh of relief Tuesday when the Houseapproved a bill already passed by the Senate to fund the department for the rest of this fiscal year to the tune of $39.7 billion.

The department faced the prospect of at least a partial shutdown unless Congress reached a deal to continue funding DHS.

On the previous morning, GovCon observers and stakeholders woke up to the news that SAIC would make its first acquisition — a planned $790 million cash buy of Scitor — since the 2013 spinoff from former parent company Leidos.

Scitor is currently owned by private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners and works with U.S. intelligence and military agencies in areas such as systems engineering, acquisition support and cybersecurity.

In a subsequent call with investors, SAIC CEO Tony Moraco said the company had assessed potential opportunities in the intelligence market over the past year and Scitor’s presence in the intelligence and Air Force markets has “very little overlap with (SAIC’s) existing business.”

“This acquisition accelerates SAIC’s entry into the intel community by providing access to classified contracts, cleared personnel and a robust security infrastructure,” Moraco said.

Several other firms in the GovCon space made smaller deals for undisclosed sums of money to grow their footprints in adjacent markets and complement current offerings.

For more on those deals, please read our list of top stories for the week.

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The Potomac Officers Club will turn its attention on March 19 to the cybersecurity arena with “2015 Cyber Security Summit,” a half-day forum for government and business leaders to interact and exchange ideas for how to protect information systems.

We are excited to announce that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will deliver the keynote address to the GovCon and public sector executive audience at this interactive event for leaders to discuss items such as trade secret and information defense.

Public-private partnerships and policies at the federal and subordinate levels of government are also on the agenda for discussion at the summit.

                    

                    

Additional speakers scheduled to appear include: (in order of headshots from left to right)

  • Steve Chabinsky, former deputy assistant director for cyber at the FBI
  • Joe Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division
  • Curtis Dukes, director of information assurance at NSA
  • Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center
  • Phil Lacombe, VP & manager of Parsons’ information systems and security sector
  • Tim McMillan, a director at Siemens Government Technologies
  • Ari Schwartz, senior director for cyber programs for the National Security Council
  • Steve Shirley, executive director of the Defense Cyber Crime Center
  • Chris Smith, VP of technology for AT&T’s government solutions business
  • Mark Weatherford, former deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS

Click here to register for this event and learn more about POC’s other upcoming events.

THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES 
Omar Balkissoon: OGSystems Makes Geospatial Tech Push with Urban Robotics Buy
Urban Robotics builds cluster computing & 3D-modeling tools for the military.
Chris Coleman: Lookingglass Acquires CloudShield to Further Threat Intell Strategy
CloudShield will relocate its headquarters from California to Arlington, Va.
Michael Long: Arrow Electronics Buys immixGroup to Expand in Govt IT Market
Arrow Electronics expects the deal to close in the second quarter this year.
Mike Corkery: Deltek Targets Talent Mgmt Software Market with HRsmart Acquisition
HRSmart’s cloud platform works to help manage talent recruitment initiatives.
Chuck Harrington: Parsons Buys TJ Cross Engineers to Grow Energy Services Portfolio
T.J. Cross will be a part of Parsons’ environment & infrastructure unit.
Tony Frazier: DigitalGlobe Eyes Continued Mission Support as High-Res Satellite Images Go Global
DigitalGlobe’s government lead discusses the imagery market’s future.
Ray Mabus: Navy to Preserve Shipbuilding Funds If Another Sequester Falls
The Navy’s secretary describes the branch’s budget priorities with lawmakers.
Dan Tangherlini Joins Artemis Real Estate Partners as COO
Tangherlini left the General Services Administration in February after close to three years as its leader.
Ray Odierno: British Defense Spending Cuts Could Affect UK, US Joint Operations
The Army’s chief of staff warns of impacts from reductions to UK newspaper.
Roy Stevens Named Lockheed IS&GS Global Services VP
The 24-year aerospace industry veteran succeeds Anne Mullins, who was appointed CIO and VP of enterprise business services.
Mary Davie: GSA to Add 3 Years on Networx Contracts
GSA’s integrated technology services office lead says agency wants more time to shift to its next telecom vehicle.
Army Adds Deloitte, ECS Federal, LOGC2 to $461M Program Mgmt IDIQ
The six-year contract now has nine total awardees.
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