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The Professional Services Council has notified government contractors of the potential impacts of a government shutdown on their staff and operations. PSC said Friday those impacts include the unavailability of agency contacts to accept deliveries or offer guidance to contractors; lack of contractor personnel’s access to needed facilities on government sites; potential delay in government […] More
The Professional Services Council has asked leaders of House and Senate Armed Services Committees to consider PSC's position on some provisions in both chambers' fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act as conference members begin to reconcile the two versions of the bill. PSC detailed its recommendations through an Oct. 19 letter sent to heads of the congressional […] More
For anyone who cares about organizational conflict of interest, take note: Today, the Defense Department will hold an open public comment session. The forum is an opportunity for industry and other interested parties to provide input on new rules spurred by the Weapon System Acquisition Reform Act of 2009. But there's a catch. “Unfortunately DOD […] More
Congressional activity over the 2010 defense budget is heating up. On July 30, the House of Representatives passed a defense spending bill for fiscal year 2010 that included money for four programs the Obama administration opposed. Now it's up to the Senate to come up with a version of the legislation that meets with White […] More

John Song and Jean Stack, managing directors with Baird, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding the organization“™s recent efforts within mergers & acquisition (M&A), following the close of NuWave“™s acquisition of BigBear and Jacobs“™ recent purchase of The Buffalo Group. The two leaders also discussed current market trends, and provided insight into Baird's upcoming Government & Defense Conference.

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The Professional Services Council has called on Congress to end a partial government shutdown by advancing full-year appropriations for remaining federal departments and agencies. PSC President and CEO David Berteau sent a letter dated Friday to House and Senate leaders expressing concern about the impact of funding lapse on some agencies, U.S. citizens and contract […] More
Federal officials see reason for optimism throughout the acquisition process, but are concerned about ongoing budget issues, according to the 9th biennial Acquisition Policy Survey released by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton Public Sector on Wednesday. The survey interviewed 65 government employees working in acquisition and comprised five areas: workforce, budget, communication and collaboration, […] More
Katrina McFarland, a member of Sehlke Consulting‘s board of advisers and president at Blue Oryx, will participate in a panel discussion on government acquisition reform at an upcoming Naval Postgraduate School event in Monterey, California. Sehlke said McFarland will speak at NPS’ 15th Annual Acquisition Research Symposium on May 10 along with David Berteau, president and […] More
Kevin Phillips, president and CEO of ManTech International, has discussed the wait times associated with the federal government's security clearance process at a Senate panel hearing, Government Executive reported Wednesday. “The time to get a top secret clearance is over a year, and for a secret clearance, the wait is eight months,“ Phillips told Senate Intelligence Committee members […] More
Some industry representatives have called on Congress to help the Department of Homeland Security standardize and streamline the vetting and security clearance process for government contracting personnel, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Industry stakeholders told lawmakers Tuesday at a House Homeland Security’s oversight and management efficiency subpanel hearing that DHS leaders should advance the implementation […] More
Ryan McDermott, formerly principal director of manufacturing and industrial base policy at the Defense Department, has joined the Professional Services Council as vice president for defense and intelligence. He will manage the council’s defense and intelligence council as well as lead advocacy of legislative proposals that support contractors focused on both sectors, PSC said Thursday. David […] More
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