Jim Garrettson

Security Shuffle Starts Week

The beltway was hopping this week with major moves and mergers. Across our media properties, we tracked news at the FBI, a changing of the guard at DoD and the changing faces at some of GovCon’s executive tables. ExecutiveGov topped the news this week with reports that Central Intelligence Agency …

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Jesse Ventura vs. TSA

In addition to the array of interviews (like this one with HPTi’s David Cradlin), and assorted GovCon news we cover daily, we recently got wind of this story: Jesse “The Body” Ventura is going another round, but this time around he is taking (verbal) jabs at TSA’s controversial passenger screening …

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Is the End of 2010 the End of Insourcing?

As 2011 begins, many are wondering where the government’s insourcing strategy stands. In December, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Daniel Gordon said to an audience of contracting officers and government procurement officials, “Insourcing is not a goal.” Gordon said insourcing is a solution to the problem. Contractors should …

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The GovCon Ripple Effect

In the government-contracting community, one executive move can have a chain-reaction effect. While every year sees executive moves throughout the govcon community, this past year has demonstrated just how each move influences other executives. Back in June last year, Bob Coleman stepped down as the president and chief operating officer …

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Cloudy Dreams May Soon Be Realized

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is widely seen as a champion of cloud computing for the federal government. In the near future, he may get his wish, as Google Apps looks set to receive FISMA certification. Kundra has spearheaded the launch of Apps.gov, where federal agencies can browse and purchase cloud-based …

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FCC Needs to “Fix the Legal Foundation” to Implement National Broadband Plan

Speaking at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill last Thursday, Carrol Mattey, Deputy Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, said that FCC would need a clear congressional mandate to overcome jurisdictional challenges to the National Broadband Plan’s implementation.  “Many significant adoption recommendations are outside …

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Boeing’s X-37B: Star Wars 2.0?

Last week, Air Force Space Command launched Boeing’s X-37B unmanned space vehicle (USV) from an Atlas V rocket in Cape Canaveral.  That much was made public.  What wasn’t made public was what the spacecraft would be used for or when it’s coming back to Earth (although it can stay in …

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Top 10 Open Government Programs

Open Government has been a major priority of the Obama administration since the campaign trail, and last week was the publication deadline of each agency’s open government plan.  Below, we’ve listed (in no particular order) our ten favorite open government initiatives and why they’re important to government contracting. 1. Department …

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