Weekly Roundup July 27 – July 31 2015

Weekly Roundup
July 27 – July 31 2015

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

Contract awards dominated the headlines in the GovCon sector this week but the multibillion dollar program known throughout the industry as “Dim Sum” was the one all observers had their eyes on in anticipation of who would be selected.

That wait came to an end Wednesday when the Defense Department announced it selected a consortium of Leidos, Kansas City-based health information technology firm Cerner and Accenture’s U.S. federal subsidiary to integrate an electronic health records system for the military under the Defense Healthcare Modernization System initiative.

“Dim Sum” — or DHMSM — has an approximate ceiling value of $4.3 billion over a 10-year ordering period and current DoD estimates have the entire program cost at $9 billion over 18 years.

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said the Defense Department wants the EHR system to cover nearly 9.5 million beneficiaries and 250,000 care providers once fully in place, which DoD intends to have happen by 2023.

This landmark contract featured three industry teams in the final round of bids, with each group comprising a health IT company and some of GovCon’s most notable firms.

Jerry Hogge, deputy president of Leidos’ health solutions group, described to EHRintelligence in November 2014 his team’s idea on how to help the Defense Department achieve interoperability between the future “Dim Sum” setup with other health records and information systems like it.

“If you examine the evaluation criteria for this project, you quickly get a sense that the approach to deployment, and the approach to interoperability, are key attributes of the selection process,” Hogge told the website.

“The modularity and open architecture of the system are definitely a part of that. When focusing on interoperability and the modular open-systems architecture components, there are objective ways of scoring systems in terms of compliance, and that’s a component of the evaluation here.”

Continue reading after our Potomac Officers Club event summary to view our selection of the week’s significant contract awards and other major GovCon sector developments.

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The Potomac Officers Club is excited to host Pentagon Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen Thursday for part two of the “Innovation in Defense & Intelligence” events, a portion of POC’s larger “CIO Speaker Series” for the summer and early fall.

Halvorsen will continue the technology and spending environment conversation from part one held earlier in July that was led by Doug Wolfe, the CIA’s CIO and a panel of leaders from the GovCon and intelligence communities.

Other federal technology and procurement leaders scheduled to speak during the series include Transportation Department CIO Richard McKinney on Aug. 20, Army acquisition chief Heidi Shyu on Sept. 2 and the General Services Administration’s Chris Hamm on Sept. 24.

Additionally, we are excited to announce that Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command, has been lined up to address the POCOct. 15 for the 2015 Cybersecurity Summit.

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

THIS WEEK’S TOP CONTRACT AWARDS

Four Firms Land $900M Special Operations Command Mission Support IDIQ
SOCOM received 17 offers for the five-year contract and awardees will perform work in the U.S. and overseas.
NASA Taps 13 Companies for Aerospace Research at Glenn Center
The space agency awarded a series of five-year contracts worth $190 million combined for work on propulsion and communications technologies.
Navy Awards $232M C4I Systems Integration IDIQ to Five Firms
Awardees will engineer and integrate C4I technologies for foreign militaries and the Navy, who received 22 proposals for the three-year contract.
Navy Picks Booz Allen, CSSI, Serco for $200M Air Traffic Control Engineering IDIQ
Six proposals were submitted to the Navy for the potential five-year contract to help configure ATC, meteorology, oceanography and aviation C5ISR systems.
Wyle Laboratories Lands $1.44B Biomedical Research, Health Support Contract With NASA
The potential 10-year contract covers services at the Johnson Space Center in areas such as operational medicine and behavioral sciences.
ManTech Lands $278M DIA Logistics, IT Support Task Order; Bill Varner Comments
DIA awarded the order through its SITE vehicle, which ManTech gained access to through its October 2011 buy of WINS for $90 million.
TASC Awarded Potential $200M USAF GPS Support Contract; Tony Smeraglinolo Comments
The Engility subsidiary will work with the Air Force to update technical baselines and analyze processes for GPS functionality delivery.
Carnegie Mellon Awarded $732M to Help DoD Manage Software R&D Center
Researchers at the university’s Software Engineering Institute work with public and private sector organizations on methods to secure computer networks.

THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES

WSJ: L-3 Eyes Potential Separation of Nat’l Security Business
L-3’s national security solutions segment offers cybersecurity services to customers in the government and commercial sectors.
Marillyn Hewson: Lockheed to Keep Gov’t Cyber Business
Lockheed’s CEO describes her company’s move to separate its IT and technical services businesses — including its commercial cyber segment — as in response to changing market dynamics and agency priorities.
Veritas Capital to Purchase Alion Science; Bahman Atefi Comments
The private equity firm acquired McLean, Va.-based Alion for the contractor’s footprints in the U.S. defense and civilian markets, as well as international.
DHS Signs Up for GSA OASIS Contract Vehicles; Tom Sharpe Comments
The department will award IDIQ and standalone contracts to professional services through OASIS and its small business counterpart OASIS SB.
Wes Anderson on Microsoft’s Interactive Data Push for Agencies, GovCon’s Tech ‘Drivers’
Microsoft’s worldwide public sector lead also overviews the mobility market’s picture in Q&A with ExecutiveBiz.
Tom Callahan on SafeNet Assured Technologies’ Launch, Future of Cross Domain Tech
SafeNet AT’s sales VP also shares his views on what cybersecurity information sharing could look like in interview with ExecutiveBiz.
Cisco’s Diane Gongaware on ‘Internet of Everything’ Trends in the Public Sector
The director of Cisco’s U.S. public sector partner organization discusses how agencies seek to increasingly connect people and devices with ExecutiveBiz.
GSA to Award Credit Monitoring, ID Protection Services Contract Aug. 21
More than 3,000 bidders are in the running for the five-year BPA that covers services to help address the breach on OPM’s security clearance database.
Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn Takes Command of DISA
The 36-year Army veteran elevates to the director role after two years as the agency’s vice director and also has served as DISA’s chief of staff.
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