Weekly Roundup July 6 – July 10 2015

Weekly Roundup
July 6 – July 10 2015

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

After our recap last week of the year so far in GovCon M&A’s announced and closed deals, market leaders and observers have another transaction to watch and prepare for as 2015 rolls on.

SRA International, the technology services contractor started by Dr. Ernst Volgenau in 1978, made its intentions known this week to undertake an initial public offering four years after Providence Equity Partners purchased SRA for almost $2 billion.

Fairfax, Va.-based SRA traded on the New York Stock Exchange between 2002 and July 2011, when Providence closed the $31.25 per-share, all-cash deal to take the contractor private.

SRA has since made some acquisitions itself under Providence’s ownership, including the purchase of MorganFranklin’s national security business in December 2012 and the deal for some of Qbase’s government services segment that closed in April of this year.

SRA did not disclose a firm timetable for the IPO nor a share price for when public trading starts.

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The Potomac Officers Club will kick off its summer “CIO Speaker Series” Thursday for industry and government executives to hear from federal IT leaders on their technology priorities.

Doug Wolfe, the CIA’s chief information officer, will be the first federal CIO for the series to address the POC Thursday in Falls Church, Va. at the “Innovation in Defense & Intelligence: Part One” event.

Part two of POC’s “Innovation in Defense & Intelligence” series will feature Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen for an Aug. 20 breakfast event that also will take place in Falls Church.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James will offer her perspective on the service branch’s current status and future plans to the Potomac Officers Club July 22 as keynote speaker for the “2015 Air Force Forum.”

James became the Air Force’s top civilian officer in late 2013 after 11 years at SAIC and she also served as assistant defense secretary for reserve affairs between 1993 and 1998.

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

THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES

Navy Picks 7 Firms to Help Design, Build Unmanned Marine Tech
Awardees will compete for task orders over three years to produce hardware and software for use on unmanned maritime systems to find mines.
PAE-BWXT JV Awarded $1.2B NASA Facility Support Services Contract
Syncom Space Services will start the one-year base period of performance Oct. 1 and could extend work for up to nine years and five months under options.
GSA Awards 9 Spots on $500M IT Support Services BPA
The agency received 62 bids for the five-year blanket purchase agreement, which GSA awarded through its IT Schedule 70 contract vehicle.
SEC Taps 9 Firms for $250M Program Mgmt Services IDIQ
The five-year contract covers support in areas such as financial regulation and enforcement, information technology, procurement and economic risk analysis.
LGS CEO Kevin Kelly on His Outlook for Commercial Tech in Gov’t, the Defense Industrial Base and GovCon M&A
Kelly also discusses the FirstNet initiative’s long-term prospects in this two-part interview with ExecutiveBiz.
Tom Lydon on Vistronix’s 2014 Acquisition Spree, ‘Agile Development’ in C4ISR
Vistronix’s business development lead also overviews the push at many agencies toward open source technology in this interview with ExecutiveBiz.
Brian Neely on American Systems’ Ongoing Cloud Migration, His Dual CIO-CTO Hats
The 19-year company veteran also offers his tips for future IT leaders on how to pursue their education tracks in this interview with ExecutiveBiz.
US Chamber of Commerce Unveils Cyber Group; Howard Schmidt Comments
The Chamber aims to facilitate more discussions between industry and government on cyber policies and practices through the new body.
Lockheed Opens Denver Satellite Sensing, Comms Tech Development Hub; Rick Ambrose Comments
The company also included space for researchers, manufacturers and analysts to collaborate on RF technology projects.
Senate OKs LaVerne Council as VA CIO
Council will also hold the title of assistant secretary for information and technology at the VA and manage an estimated $4 billion IT portfolio.
Michael Jabaley Named US Navy Submarines Program Executive Officer
The rear admiral currently heads the undersea warfare center at Naval Sea Systems Command and is a former vice commander of NAVSEA.
Greg Garcia: DoD Eyes July 20 Launch Date for Consolidated IT Services Unit
The Pentagon aims to streamline how it processes contracts and implement a joint active directory environment to manage IT infrastructure with the move.
NIST Cyber Hub Proposes ‘Building Blocks’ for Email, Mobile Device Security
The agency’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence seeks to address cyber issues businesses face with its draft proposals.
Maarten Bron: Underwriters Laboratories, White House Plan to Launch ‘Internet of Things’ Security Certification
UL’s goal for the certification is to help protect Internet-connected devices from cyber threats.
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