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What Are the Benefits of Consulting Services from DHA?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

When you work with DHA, you get professional consulting services backed by an experienced and award winning team. Not only that, but our list of clients speaks volumes with regards to our reputation in the federal consulting sphere. With core competencies in program management, operations support, IT support, and facilities and logistics, DHA provides mission-oriented services to a number of high-profile clients and industries. Our versatility is a testament to our skills, and our longevity a testament to the reputation we’ve built for ourselves. So what are the benefits of working with DHA?

 

Trust

 

Trust is crucial when is comes to federal consulting services. DHA is a federal consultant that you can trust with your project management, operations support, IT support, and facilities and logistics. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Our client list speaks for itself:

 

  • The Department of Justice
  • The FBI
  • The U.S. Army
  • The Defense Logistics Agency
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

 

Versatility

 

Our multiple core competencies enables us to serve a variety of needs in the federal consulting landscape. Within these core competencies we offer an exhaustive list of services designed to fit the growing demands of many different industries. From the virtual world to the real world, we cover the most pressing needs of federal clients.

 

Team

 

Our dynamic and highly-skilled team has made us a highly-desirable federal consultant in just 20 years. We currently have more than 200 employees serving 4 branches, 13 divisions, 11 sections and 15 units with the FBI. In just two years we’ve grown from under 50 embedded employees to more than 200, and we’re committed to growing and maintaining our standard for excellence.

 

federal consultant

 

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. DHA Group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services. 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 What Are the Benefits of Consulting Services from DHA?, please visit us atwww.dha-inc.com or call 202-347-9865, or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

What is eDiscovery?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

As businesses continue to grow and information and document management rely more heavily on technology, data retrieval will become an increasingly difficult, yet crucial aspect of business practices, especially if that business is involved in a legal battle. Because of changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), stored electronic information is now a MANDATORY point of discussion in every civil case filed in federal court.

To help the electronic data retrieval process, professional services – like DHA’s eDiscovery Solution - have been developed to this process and ease the burden on business’ legal departments.

What is eDiscovery?

Electronic data, unlike paper documents, pose a unique challenge for businesses of all shapes and sizes. This is where professional ediscovery services can help!

eDiscovery refers to the procedures in which this data – including text, images, calendar files, databases, spreadsheets, audio files, animation, Web sites, computer programs, and more – is sought, located, secured, and searched with the intent to use as evidence in legal cases. The e-Discovery process encompasses any platform in which such data may be stored, including desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, servers, and even employees’ home computers. And as you can imagine, this can become incredibly burdensome for your legal and IT departments, who must not only dig through thousands upon thousands of digital files, but must also coordinate this entire process between the two departments.

Professional eDiscovery solutions from DHA help to bridge the gap between your company’s legal and IT departments while also expediting the electronic data retrieval process!

If you have any questions regarding eDiscovery or DHA’s IT Security Services, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today!

About DHA:

DHA Group, Inc. provides superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

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What is Federal Procurement?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Federal procurement: many people don’t understand what it is – we’re here to clarify. In the U.S., the government purchases and leases both goods and services by means of federal procurement. Federal procurement policies are chosen via legislative measures and expert suggestions made by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, a component of the Office of Management and Budget.work

But how are contracts formalized? Through a bidding process. The government requests a proposal with particular guidelines, and the contract is given to the company that makes a bid that meets all the specifications at the most economical rate.

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 FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

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What is Federal Procurement?

GSA Contracting Information

Friday, July 19th, 2013

gsa contractThe United States General Services Administration, also known as the GSA, awards more than $40 billion every year private enterprises from which is has contracted goods and services. The average annual is revenue for a business that holds a GSA contract is more than $2 million. The numbers show that getting a hold of a GSA contract provides a big opportunity for businesses both big and small. In fact, 80% of GSA contractors are small business, of GSA contractors, 40% are able to contract government business.

Simply put, a GSA contract is a license to do business with the federal government. Contracts are divided into 41 schedules that cover nearly every type of business enterprise. Businesses must apply for a contract under the appropriate schedule and go through an extensive application process that can last anywhere from 3 to 12 months.

If approved, the business receives a 5 year contract that is renewable for up to 3 more terms of 5 years each. There are many advantages to holding a GSA contract. Vendors on the GSA schedule receive priority over non-scheduled vendors. They enjoy the security of a long term contract and avoid the hassle of public bidding for contracts or soliciting the government sans contract.

However, this is not to say that obtaining a GSA contract is a guaranteed model for success. Businesses still compete with each other within their respective schedules, so the price has to be right for the government to seek your business.

GSA offers a free course on applying for a contract, but it is advisable to seek additional help from a GSA consultant when applying for a contract, in order to ensure the application meets all requirements. The government also provides data concerning awarded contracts at the Federal Procurement Data System website www.fdps.gov.

 

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+.

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http://www.startupnation.com/business-articles/9439/

http://www.bhskyassociates.com/What-is-a-GSA-Schedule-Contract

http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/guide-what-gsa-schedule-and-who-making-money

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

Sequestration Impacts Unemployment Benefits in Pennsylvania

Friday, March 29th, 2013

As sequestration sets in like cracks in the sidewalk, the realities of its impact upon government employees and Americans nationwide is becoming clearer. One such reality? The reduction in unemployment benefits for thousands of Pennsylvanians, beginning next month. With a 10% cut to unemployment benefits, those affected can expect to see a reduction anywhere from $7-$61, contingent upon the amount of their check.

According to a representative from the Department of Labor and Industry, those who’ve been on unemployment for over 26 weeks should expect to see the reduction. In fact, 26 weeks is the cut-off: anyone receiving compensation checks for unemployment for less than that period of time will go on receiving their benefits without disruption. The state of Pennsylvania has begun notifying those who will be impacted by the change caused by sequestration.

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Sequestration Cuts to Reduce Unemployment Benefits for Thousands in PA

Sequestration, Government Agencies, and Federal Employees

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Sequestration: it’s the unavoidable $1 trillion in government budget cuts across the board, causing agency spending to be seriously limited as of this Friday. The news brings uncertainty for the employment of federal personnel. Government agencies are making announcements about furloughs beginning immediately, which could last anywhere from 22 days through the month of September, which marks the end of the fiscal year.

Many federal employees will find themselves with a furlough notice sometime this month, though undoubtedly many are hoping that before then, Congress will come to an agreement that will cut all the cuts that could soon happen for agency workers.

The motivation behind the major cuts is to get the national debt in check, which has become increasingly worse since the recession began in 2007, totaling $16 trillion. In the works for nearly a year now, the sequestration was previously postponed until March 1st as a part of the last session’s fiscal cliff deal.

The cuts will hit the Department of Defense and other national security agencies the hardest, with over $500 billion in downsizing. The remainder of the budget limitations will be directed towards domestic institutions like national parks, federal courts, the FBI, food inspections, and housing aid.

President Obama has spoken out on the planned $1 trillion in cuts, calling them flat-out “inexcusable” and concerned about the effect they will have on the economy as a whole. He’s expressed hope that constituent complaint about the cuts will invoke a redeliberation on behalf of the Republican Congress in order to reach an agreement that will better satisfy both parties.

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CNN Explains: Sequestration

Federal Procurement News: Government Contracting declines in 2012

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Government agencies cut over $24 billion in contract spending in 2012. That is a 4.5% decline from the $537 billion spent on contracting in 2011, a decline that one senior administrative official called “historic.”

“This decline represents a dramatic reversal of the unsustainable 12 percent contract spending growth rate experienced from 2000 through 2008,” said Joseph Jordan, the federal procurement policy administrator at the Office of Management and Budget.

Jordan attributes the decline in spending to smarter, more strategic sourcing in which multiple agencies combine their procurements to achieve greater discounts. In fact, Jordan claims that such strategic sourcing of office supplies and shipping services has saved the U.S. government over $200 million over the past two fiscal years. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security alone saved $386 million in 2012 by pooling its purchases across all components. That’s a lot of savings.

“This progress is remarkable, and we are pleased that we have not only stemmed but reversed the unsustainable growth in contracting under the previous administration,” said Jordan.

But what does this mean for the small businesses that relied so heavily on these dwindling government contracts? Well, for starters, it means that the federal procurement arena will be more competitive than ever. Do you think you need some assistance breaking into the Federal acquisitions arena? Well, DHA can help! DHA has extensive experience with the Federal acquisitions arena. Our employees are fluent in the language of government contracts, and provide expert guidance to our clients on a “cradle-to-grave” basis.

If you have any questions regarding Government Contracting, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today! You can also follow DHA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Source: Federal Contracting dips 4.5% in 2012