M&A activity 2013 and camouflage debate

Thursday - 8/22/2013, 7:58pm EDT

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This week on BGOV's Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • The federal government's top 25 technology services vendors announced 15 acquisitions in the first six months of 2013, compared with 22 during the first half of 2012, according to the Bloomberg Government Technology M&A Tracker. Senior technology and telecommunications analyst Afzal Bari says that while the activity was down, there were still some key moves made in the technology vendor arena.

  • Millions of dollars could be saved if Congress is able to successfully whittle down the 10 different camouflage uniforms to just one. In the eye of sequestration, Illinois Representative Bill Enyart says that this could "eliminate the waste and duplication in the camouflage uniforms policy". Bloomberg News reporter Timothy Homan addresses the topic in "Camouflage Uniforms of Many Colors Questioned in Congress" on this weeks Capital Impact.

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Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.

Afzal Bari is a financial analyst at Bloomberg Government, focusing on technology and telecommunications. He advised senior executives at large global firms as a strategy consultant with the Corporate Executive Board. Bari holds an MBA from Duke University and undergraduate degrees in information technology and government.

Timothy R. Homan is a congressional reporter for Bloomberg, where he focuses primarily on defense, foreign policy and intelligence issues. Before that he covered U.S. economics for four years, also from Bloomberg's Washington bureau. He holds master's degrees from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Before joining Bloomberg he worked as a reporter at the Daily Star in Beirut and for Congressional Quarterly in Washington.