Weekly Roundup of GovCon News — New Appointments, Data Breach Advice and More

From the Publisher, Jim Garrettson

We strive to cover all aspects of the news that government contractors find relevant across several online sites and our quarterly print magazine, GovConExec. Here are some of stories that may have caught your eye this past week.

Executive Biz broke the news that QinetiQ North America appointed David Shrum senior vice president and general manager of its engineering and life-cycle management unit. Shrum comes to QinetiQ following time with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

Executive Biz also spotlighted Operation Jellyfish Intelligence. Intelligence agents working with business and corporate developers will combine intelligence operation expertise with business strategies.

The outcry over President Obama’s proposed executive order requiring contractors disclose political contributions continues. ExecutiveGov reported Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) aren’t waiting around for the White House to make the draft official. They called a hearing to discuss the ramifications of the rumored order.

As advanced as your cybersecurity protocols may be, chances are a modern day Trojan horse may still find its way inside your walls. The New New Internet spoke with McAfee’s Tom Conway about how to clean up the mess left by a data breach. His advice? Know what was copied, know who you’re hiring and know what they’re accessing. The value of information is labeled in more ways than just dollars.

GeoEye gained substantial public awareness in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s demise. The company provided the Defense Department with satellite imagery that assisted in bin Laden’s detection and ultimate defeat. GovConWire reported that GeoEye, riding high on the wave of success, posted an almost 8 percent fiscal first-quarter increase over 2010. The satellite company also announced Andy Dougherty will take on the role of vice president of Federal Information Services in its business development unit.

GovConWire also reported that SAIC is expanding its smart grid applications with the purchase of power system solutions firm Patrick Energy Services. The acquisition enhances SAIC’s transmission and distribution capabilities.

Wounded war veterans, PGA pros and Intelligent Decisions hit the greens this past week for a golf tournament to raise money for charity. GovConExecutive highlighted ThanksUSA, a charity providing military families with scholarships.

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