The Veteran Affairs’ Office of Information Security will see a boost in its spending as it focuses on cybersecurity, network security and privacy.
The office plans to spend $123.2 million in fiscal 2013, an increase from $109.5 million in 2012 and $121.4 million in 2011.
The office gave a breakdown of its spending initiatives during a Deltek industry forum this week.
Most spending goes toward cybersecurity and the VA’s network security operation center. In fiscal 2013, cybersecurity initiatives will receive $30 million, as opposed to $35.4 million in fiscal 2012 and $24.3 million in fiscal 2011. The network security operation center will receive $70.5 million in fiscal 2013. It received $61.1 million in fiscal 2012 and $79.9 million the previous year.
Field Security Service received around $3.5 million in fiscal 2011, but essentially none in fiscal 2012; in fiscal 2013, however, the information security office will spend $2.6 million toward the initiative.
Spending on risk management and incident response will rise in fiscal 2013 with plans to spend $10.9 million, as opposed to fiscal 2012’s $3.3 million and fiscal 2011’s $5.4 million
Privacy has gradually been seeing more money each year. The Office of Information Security plans $4.7 million on privacy initiatives in fiscal 2013, compared to $3.6 million in 2012 and $2.3 million in 2011.
Business continuity has dropped from the past two fiscal years, with $4 million slated in 2013 as opposed to the $6 million in both fiscal 2011 and 2012.
The Office of Information Security also offered a breakdown of spending by services, hardware, software and hybrid.
Fiscal 2013 spending:
Services: $83 million
Hardware: $11.9 million
Software: $12.2 million
Hybrid: $15.9 million
Total: $123.2 million
Fiscal 2012 spending:
Services: $75.9 million
Hardware: $13.3 million
Software: $14.2 million
Hybrid: $7.4 million
Total: $109.5 million
Fiscal 2011 spending:
Services: $98.4 million
Hardware: $1.3 million
Software: $14.2 million
Hybrid: $7.4 million
Total: $121.4 million
Written by: Mark Hoover is a contributing writer to Washington Technology.
A group of 20 companies have won spots on the Army’s $10 billion Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems contract.
The companies will compete for task orders managed by the Army’s Program Executive Office — Command Communications and Control. The five-year contract will be used by the government to buy a range of tactical communications products, systems and engineer services
The contract is open to a variety of buyers from the Defense, Homeland Security and other departments as well as the military services.
The winners are as follow:
- CACI Technologies Inc.
- D & S Consultants Inc.
- DRS Technical Services Inc.
- Envistacom LLC
- General Dynamics One Source LLC
- Globecomm Systems Inc.
- Harris Corp.
- ITT/Exelis Corporation
- L-3 Services Inc .
- Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems Inc.
- Morgan Franklin C3T LLC
- Nexagen Networks Inc
- Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
- Raytheon Company
- Rockwell Collins Satellite Communications Systems Inc.
- Science Applications International Corp.
- Scientific Research Corporation
- Telecommunications Systems Inc.
- Trace Systems Inc.
- Viasat Inc.
Earlier this month, the US Chamber of Commerce held its 300th Hiring Our Heroes job fair, leading to 10,400 jobs for Veterans and spouses. And they’re just getting started.
Below you’ll find a list of hiring events from November 1 through November 29 in 400 communities. If you’re looking to attend one of the fairs, double check to make sure the date hasn’t changed since being posted. Each event should have a link to more information on the time and location, as well as registration information.
November 1, 2012– Philadelphia, PA
November 1, 2012– Kingsport, TN
November 1, 2012– Fort Carson, CO Wounded Warrior Event
November 2, 2012– Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC
November 3, 2012– Kona, HI
November 7, 2012– Parker, AZ
November 7, 2012– Casa Grande, AZ
November 7, 2012– Phoenix, AZ
November 7, 2012– Hellgate, MT
November 7, 2012– Tucson, AZ
November 7, 2012– Nogales, AZ
November 7, 2012– Mesa, AZ
November 7, 2012– Kingman, AZ
November 7, 2012– Naperville, IL
November 7, 2012 – Mesa, AZ
November 7, 2012 – Nogales, AZ
November 7, 2012 – Kingman, AZ
November 7, 2012 – Naperville, IL
November 8, 2012 – Salt Lake City, UT
November 8, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA
November 8, 2012 – Seattle, WA
November 8, 2012 – Oak Forest, IL
November 8, 2012 – Virginia Beach, VA
November 8, 2012 – Burlington, VT
November 9, 2012 – Anchorage, AK
November 9, 2012 – Warwick, RI
November 9, 2012 – Baltimore, MD
November 9, 2012 – St. Louis, MO
November 9, 2012 – Chicago, IL
November 13, 2012 – Jefferson City, MO
November 13, 2012 – Portland, OR
November 14, 2012 – Des Moines, IA
November 15, 2012 – Irving, TX
November 15, 2012 – Charlotte, NC
November 15, 2012 – Dover, DE
November 16, 2012 – Fayetteville, NC
November 27, 2012 – Fort Polk, LA – Military Spouse Event
November 29, 2012 – Oakland, CA
November 29, 2012 – Las Vegas, NV
If you don’t see an event near you, check out this interactive map showing all the events scheduled through September of next year.
Below is an example announcement of what many Americans do not realize is developing in the government contracting field. Some label it as wasteful; while others view it as vital to American security and prosperity. At the very least, it gives one something to think about.
SAS has won a five-year $12.3 million contract to help the Agriculture Department use data analytics to protect the U.S. food supply.
This contract will cover SAS Analytics software, services and training, and is the latest in the Agriculture’s partnership with SAS, which began in 1976 when the department used SAS software for agriculture research.
“With increasing threats to the food supply, and threats to animals, plants and humans, as well as droughts and natural disasters, USDA’s challenges are increasingly complex,” said Karen Terrell, SAS Federal vice president. “This agreement underscores the importance of SAS Analytics to help USDA address priorities such as agricultural production, energy, conservation and food safety.”
SAS is currently used in 15 of the department’s agencies, a number of its offices and across its areas of research, forestry and conservation, food safety and nutrition, farm services, marketing programs and rural development.
SAS also supports the Natural Resources Conservation Service workforce planning initiatives; Conservation Reserve Program, Average Crop Revenue Election; National Animal Health Monitoring System; and Public Health Information System.
It supports the department’s core economic functions, such as county loan and crop insurance rate setting, bank health analysis, agricultural census and crop reporting, SAS said.
About the Author: Mark Hoover is a contributing writer to Washington Technology.
Check out this insight from Washington Technology today:
By Nick Wakeman
Now is not the time to skimp on BD
Business development and proposal writing are the name of the game for government contractor’s these days.That’s the leading result of Deltek’s new survey of government contractors and their view of the market
Angie Petty, a senior principal analyst with Deltek, puts it well in her Washington Post column: “Superior products and services no longer gives a company the leg up needed to win contracts.” Particularly when there are fewer big contracts, more small task orders, shorter projects and more small business contracts.
And layer on the uncertainty of sequestration. As Petty says, “Government funding is becoming more unpredictable.”
That jives well with what I’ve been hearing from executives around the market. The technology from one company to the next differs little.
Companies are working on several fronts to make themselves stand out. A lot of times, those efforts are easy to spot from the outside – hiring domain experts, selling off non-core assets and marketing efforts.
But there are internal efforts, as well. Unfortunately, we’ve seen layoffs and cutbacks as companies trying to remove costs from their operations.
But the Deltek survey, and several columns we’ve run, also make the argument that now is not the time to skimp on business development and capture management.
Bob Lohfeld offered a compelling argument about the dangers of cutting your spending on your proposal processes. There are good ways and bad ways, and you need to understand the difference.
A similar theme is sounded by Bill Scheessele when he writes: “Viewing training and development as overhead and cutting it to increase profit contradicts economic reality.”
Investing now can keep you ahead of the curve and increases your probability of winning.
But investing in these capture and business development processes doesn’t mean you spend whole hog, not in this market.
But the payoff of focusing on these processes and making them more efficient can mean improving your return on investment and increasing your revenue.
That’s a winning combination.
Posted by Nick Wakeman on Oct 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Interested in learning more the commercial Sales Practices (CSP) Format? FCD Inc will be participating, so let us know if you will be joining us.
Our second webinar in our Contractor Training series is scheduled for October 31st from 10am – noon and will focus on the fine points of the Commercial Sales Practices Format (CSP-1), including:
- What the CSP is and how it is reviewed;
- Annual commercial sales calculations & estimated Government sales;
- Standard commercial sales practice deviations & justifications;
- Requirements for resellers with insignificant commercial sales;
- The difference between the CSP table and proposed pricing spreadsheet.
Topic: Commercial Sales Practices Format
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Time: 10:00am CDT
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Despite signs of economic recovery, countless Americans around the country and in the Upstate are still dealing with layoffs and unemployment. As often happens when the economy slows, many Americans respond by using unemployment as a springboard to business ownership.
But unemployed workers face a fundamental challenge when it comes to starting a business – how do you start a business if you risk losing your unemployment benefits simply because you aren’t actively looking for a career-job?
In an effort to address this issue, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Act signed into law by the President in February 2012, made available $35 million to encourage states to enhance and promote Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) programs. SEA entitles unemployed individuals to claim jobless benefits while getting access to small business development assistance.
What is Self-Employment Assistance?
According to The White House Blog (May 24, 2012) the idea of SEA is simple:
“Some laid-off workers have the skills, experience, and entrepreneurial ambition to launch a successful business, but they are locked into an inflexible system. If they stop looking for traditional work full-time, they will lose their unemployment benefits. Instead, SEA allows an entrepreneur with a viable business plan to receive those same unemployment benefits, as long as they are working full-time to get a new company off the ground.”
SEA isn’t a new concept. Five states – Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, New York, and Oregon – already have SEA programs in place.
How Self-Employment Assistance Works
Under this program unemployed entrepreneurs get financial aid equal to their Unemployment Insurance benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks, while they receive entrepreneurial training and other resources to help them launch a business. SEA benefits (taken from Oregon’s SEA program as an example), include:
- Weekly unemployment benefits while engaging in self-employment activities
- Waiver of the actively seeking work requirement while participating in the program
- Counseling and technical assistance on developing a market feasibility study and a business plan
The Department of Labor is driving efforts to help states become aware of the funding available to help them implement SEA programs, and has issued guidelines on how states can deploy this provision. Through its local offices, the SBA as well as SCORE and Small Business Development Centers across the country are also getting involved to connect entrepreneurs with the business development and mentoring services that they provide.
Does Self-Employment Assistance Help Spur Business Creation?
According to the White House, this model works. In multiple studies, SEA has been shown to increase the success of entrepreneurs and their earnings from self-employment. The White House cites several examples of SEA at work, including:
“…Adam Lowry and Michael Richardson, two software developers in Portland, Oregon whose employer went out of business in 2009. Self-employment assistance allowed them to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions and launch Urban Airship, an innovative mobile advertising company that now employs 75 workers, and promises to keep on growing.”
Who is Eligible for SEA support?
If your state has an existing SEA program, you have to meet several requirements to qualify for the program, including but not limited to the following:
- You must be eligible for and be receiving unemployment benefits.
- You are unlikely to return to your previous employment.
- You must have a viable business idea, be willing to work full time in developing your business, and have the finances you need to start and sustain your business until it becomes self-supporting.
Entrepreneurs can take advantage of business development via seminars at community colleges, educational institutions or individual counseling sessions at a Small Business Development Center. You may also be required to complete a market feasibility study and write a business plan.
How to Apply for SEA
If you live in a state with an existing SEA program, check your state’s website for more specifics on how to apply. All U.S. states have until June 30, 2013, to apply for grant funds to implement SEA programs. Contact your local SBA office or state employment or labor office for more information about what your state is doing to establish a program.
- ‘Self-Employment Assistance’: How We’re Helping Americans Help Themselves (By U.S. Senator, Ron Wyden, writing in Time Magazine)
- 10 Steps to Starting a Business
- Laid Off and Looking to Start Your Own Business? Understand Your Unemployment Benefits First
Original Post by Cason Beesly: SBA.gov Blog
Dr. Campbell received his medical degree from the Loyola University Stitch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois in 1982. He completed an internship in Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois in 1983 and residencies in Emergency Medicine at Denver General Hospital in 1986, Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1993, and Psychiatry at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center in 2002, where he also completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry in 2003.
Dr. Campbell received his Master of Business Administration degree from Jacksonville University in 1990 and worked in the managed care industry from 1996 to 1999 as the Medical Director, Vice President of Medical Management, and then General Manager for a health maintenance organization based in Sarasota, Florida. He has also worked as a managed care consultant, providing practice management advice to medical professionals, and has held numerous administrative and clinical positions in academic health centers across the country.
Dr. Campbell joined the Department of Veterans Affairs/Veterans Health Administration in 2009 as the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas, where he also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for almost 3 years. In 2009, he was appointed Chief of Staff for the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and has served in this capacity for over 3 years. He is the Associate Dean for VA Affairs and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.
Dr. Campbell is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Campbell is a member of the Forensic Psychiatry Certification and Maintenance of Certification Examination Committee and serves as an oral board examiner in Psychiatry for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also a Certified Physician Executive and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Campbell has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the medical literature and is the author of “The Biopsychosocial Manual: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals.” He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and lectures extensively on risk assessment for suicide and violence, conducting courses and workshops at national, regional, and local meetings.
Dr. Campbell is a VHA certified mentor (fellow level) and has served as a coach in the Health Care Leadership Institute and New Executive Training (NExT) Program, mentor in the Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program, and instructor in the Health Care Executive Fellows Program. He has mentored a number of Chiefs of Staff and Clinical Service Chiefs. His favorite sport is ice hockey, which he plays whenever he can find ice time.
Again, my friend over at SMALLGOVCON, Steven Koprince, has written an excellent article that outlines some of the challenges facing SDV (Service Disabled Veterans) in government contracting.
Check the article and let us know what you think:
FCD would like to welcome to Charles E. Sepich as the newest Director of VISN 7; a network of VA hospitals that covers South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and parts of Florida.
Check out this announcement to learn more: New VA Integrated Service Network Director