Archive for April, 2013

Contractors Report Little Damage from Sequestration; NASA’s timetable threatened by it

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Contractors Report Little Damage from Sequestraton; NASA’s timetable threatened by it Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:18 AMWith sequestration looming over their heads, big defense contractors were afraid that it would cause massive layoffs and unfortunate facility closures. However, The Washington Post reports that almost two months into the sequestration many companies have seen only a slight drop in revenue. Northrop Grumman reported that their profit and sales were essentially flat. The company reported profit of $489 million, down just over 3 percent from the same period a year ago. Sales hit $6.1 billion, down slightly from the first three months of 2012. The firm may not have been impacted much, but as The Washington Post reports, the actual effects of sequestration may not start effecting firms until the 2014 fiscal year.

Lockheed Martin also reported that there was not much of a change in their 2013 sales, but that the full effects would worsen over time. The Falls Church-based firm General Dynamics is already taking steps to protect its own funding. They cite that troubled programs and developmental programs are hardest hit by the sequestration. The firm is optimistic about being ready for when the full effects of sequestration hit. While it is good news that many big contractors are not seeing any devastating effects, it may be years still before the full hurt of sequestration is felt.

NASA is already predicting problems with their agenda of missions for 2013 and beyond because of sequestration. A mission to corral and land on an asteroid as well as a crewed mission to Mars during the 2030s are just two of the missions that NASA says could be pushed back significantly. If the sequestration remains in effect  through the 2014 fiscal year, William Gerstenmaier (NASA’s chief of human exploration) stated that it would be “really tough for us going forward.” The agency proposed a $17.7 billion budget earlier this month for the 2014 fiscal year that would fund an asteroid mission, the Space Launch System and Orion vehicle for a Mars trip and other high-profile programs. Their 2014 budget is hedging bets on the fact that Congress will find a way around the current sequestration.

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Major contractors report little damage from sequestration, The Washington Post4

NASA: Sequestration threatens timetable for projects, USA Today

DHA Group Names Jeffrey T. Edgell as Chief Technologist

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Today, DHA Group, Inc., an award-winning management consulting and contracting firm serving the federal government, announced the promotion of Jeffrey T. Edgell to the position of Chief Technologist. In May 2011, Edgell joined our team as a Program Manager on key defense and civilian contracts, a role he will continue to fulfill in addition to his Chief Technologist duties. Edgell is a prolific author and sought-after speaker, addressing such prestigious groups as the Society for Logistics Engineers, South Korean Ministry of Defense, Australian Ministry of Defense and Navy Logistics Integration Conference. He also has lectured at Carnegie Mellon, West Virginia University and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

As Chief Technologist, Edgell will not only expand DHA Group’s external reputation as a trusted partner and technology thought leader, but also position DHA Group for future success by adding to its internal technology portfolio by trademarking company-unique methodologies, publishing white papers, assembling staff with advanced knowledge and skills, and guiding the firm toward new technology-related business ventures.

In commenting on his promotion, Mr. Edgell shared, “DHA Group is an agile, responsive, customer-focused organization geared toward excellence. The company sets the bar at a very high level in everything it does. While currently better known as a premier professional services provider, I want everyone to recognize DHA Group as the best technical solutions and services provider in the federal marketplace, offering not just unique solutions but also strategic direction when it comes to mission accomplishment in a dynamic environment.”

David Hale, CEO and President, DHA Group, said, “No one understands technology the way Jeff does, or has the overall vision to guide technology-related decision making for the federal customers we serve. He has a proven track record of success in modernizing critical government information systems, protecting them from threats of every kind and assuring greater interoperability is impeccable. It therefore was a natural step to leverage his skills internally to align our company’s technology vision with its business strategy. I am confident that Jeff is the right individual to establish DHA Group as a technology leader in both spheres.”

About DHA Group, Inc.

DHA Group, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal civilian and defense agencies, such as the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Army; the Defense Logistics Agency; and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. DHA Group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services, including program management, procurement and acquisition support, project and budget management, information assurance and cyber-security, information technology modernization and sustainment, data integration and information sharing, eDiscovery, systems engineering and business process reengineering. Since DHA Group’s 1994 founding, our ability to improve productivity, cost effectiveness and efficiency has contributed to significant corporate growth and earned us a reputation for quality, value and excellence. For more information about DHA Group and its capabilities, please visit us at www.dha-inc.com, call 202-347-9865, or join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+.

Small Firms Emerge As Winners Through Rise in Government Contracts

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

The sequestration is hitting agencies of all sizes pretty hard. Recently, however, a rise in government contracts aimed at smaller firms has provided a much needed boost to these firms. Small firms are seeing multi-million dollar contracts through the federal government which are being labeled as “small business set asides.” According to the Small Business Contractors Network, small firms saw 32% of government communications contracting by the end of 2011.

This doesn’t leave larger firms out in the cold, as smaller firms can still hire larger companies to subcontract for them. There are a few advantages to larger firms, with a big one being dedicated teams working on a single subject. This kind of subject expertise and focus can bring more dedication to a topic. A team of ten would have more varied experience and knowledge than one person at a smaller firm.

Those kind of advantages don’t take business away from smaller firms. There are federal provisions in place that protect small firms from having their contracts taken over by a larger firm. If a small business gets a set aside, they are required to do at least 51% of the work. So no matter what the large firm takes on, the smaller firm still gets the majority of the contract.

Part of the reason for the shift is the US Small Business Administration’s decision to double what it considered a small business. It increased the total annual revenue from under $7 million to just under $14 million. It was the first increase done since the 1970s and followed petitions from businesses across the country for the administration to reconsider what they labeled a small business. Along with set asides, this development has been credited with the growth in small business contracts. Despite the current sequestration, this is good news for government contractors and all small businesses as a whole. This may point to more progress being made towards a recovery after sequestration.

DHA Group, Inc. is a government contractor in Washington, D.C. – we’ve won numerous awards for our program management, operations support, and facilities logistics. From planning to execution, oversights, and more. We partner with our Federal clients to assist with their most critical project management needs. DHA Group, Inc. has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Department of Justice, and many more Federal institutions and organizations. To learn more about our services, current contracts, and core competencies, please visit our website today to learn more about Federal Procurement.

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Sequestration Cuts to Cut Down on Funding for DOE Labs

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The sequestration cuts have been propelling forward like the kinetic energy of an object in motion. The Department of Energy’s laboratories, which have contributed to projects as weighty as the development of the atomic bomb, is being expected to downsize because of the sequester.

With a total of 17 labs across the nation, this component of the Department of Energy costs about $10 billion a year to run. The labs are spread across 14 states, and retain an employee base of thousands of workers.

The senate is meeting with resistance, arguing that other Department of Energy programs should be cut before the labs are given the boot and put on serious financial restrictions. Experts worry that consolidating the labs will create longstanding issues, since they all work together synergistically, each with their own sets of strength and weaknesses.

President Obama has expressed his regret that the labs will be facing cuts:  during his trip to the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, which he credited for developing the innovative research on batteries for plug-in vehicles, he expressed upset.

More news to come on how the sequestration cuts will impact the Department of Energy’s laboratories.

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Sequester looms over storied energy labs