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Lockheed CEO-elect Kubasik resigns after ethics probe

Christopher Kubasik, Lockheed Martin's president, chief operating officer and CEO-elect, resigned Friday after an ethics probe revealed an improper relationship with a subordinate employee. The board named Marillyn Hewson, the executive vice president of the company's Electronic Systems unit, the president and COO, effective immediately. Hewson will also become the CEO in January 2013 when Kubasik had been slated to become the company's chief executive, taking over for retiring Bob Stevens.

Tags: Lockheed Martin , Chris Kubasik , Marillyn Hewson , industry

Friday - 11/09/2012, 06:55pm EST

Changes in federal acquisition environment taking toll on vendors

Preliminary results from a Grant Thornton survey of contractors show profits, revenues and overall participation in the government market is down. The pressure from the administration's steps to reign in high risk contracts and reduce spending is having an impact on most contractors. The Navy, for example, is trying to be more disciplined in how it buys goods and services.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , industry , Mark Skinner , Navy , GSA , Mary Davie , Lou Crenshaw , Grant Thornton , AFFIRM , Government Contractor Industry Survey , Jason Miller , Federal Drive

Monday - 12/17/2012, 05:13am EST
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US sues contractors over troop trailers in Iraq

The U.S. government has filed a civil lawsuit accusing a Houston-based global construction company and its Kuwaiti subcontractor of submitting nearly $50 million in inflated claims to install live-in trailers for troops during the Iraq War.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , industry , KBR , Iraq , DoD

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 04:11pm EST

Export-Import Bank gives while other agencies take

Fred Hochberg, the Export-Import Bank president told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that unlike other agencies, his agency has been able to pay money to the government rather than take money from the government.

Tags: Fred Hochberg , Export-Import Bank , Federal Drive , industry , Workforce , management , Michael OConnell , financial management , Treasury

Friday - 11/16/2012, 12:48pm EST
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For DoD, better buying demands high quality acquisition workers

The Pentagon releases Better Buying Power 2.0 with a new focus on professionalizing the procurement workforce. The updated program includes seven major focus areas with 36 initiatives. Ashton Carter, the deputy secretary of Defense, said version 2.0 takes the lessons learned and data from the last two years to further improve efficiency and cost savings of DoD procurement.

Tags: acquisition , Contracting , industry , DoD , Frank Kendall , Better Buying Power , acquisition workforce , training , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 11/14/2012, 05:36am EST
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GSA, Treasury try to breathe new life into SmartBUY

A new request for information asks vendors at answer 10 questions about improving the strategic sourcing of commodity software titles. This is at least the fourth attempt to get more agencies using the enterprise software licensing initiative.

Tags: acquisition , Technology , industry , GSA , Treasury , strategic sourcing , Commodity IT , SmartBUY , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/12/2012, 03:52pm EST

First set of cloud providers to get cyber approval by Dec. 31

FedRAMP is reviewing six applications from vendors and plans on awarding at least three with the authority to operate by the end of the year. GSA's Kathy Conrad said a survey identified more than 80 opportunities for cloud services. GSA to hold FedRAMP webinar tomorrow.

Tags: Technology , cybersecurity , industry , GSA , Kathy Conrad , FedRAMP , cloud computing , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , Jaosn Miller

Tuesday - 11/06/2012, 07:24pm EST

Lockheed Martin, Microsoft migrating EPA workforce to the cloud

EPA's 25,000 email users will be fully migrated to the cloud by early 2013 thanks to collaboration solutions provided by Lockheed Martin and Microsoft.

Tags: Sean Patton , Lockheed Martin , Microsoft , Microsoft 365 , SharePoint , email migration , Technology , industry , cybersecurity , Federal Drive , EPA , cloud computing , Michael OConnell , Microsoft Office

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 11:37am EDT
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Industry, government find common ground in cyber realm

The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp hosts a panel discussion on how industry and the government are working together on meeting their shared cybersecurity goals.

Tags: cybersecurity , Technology , Cybersecurity Rising , panel discussion , Federal Drive , Eric Chapman , Scott Algeier , industry , Maryland Cybersecurity Center , IT-ISAC

Friday - 10/26/2012, 07:00am EDT
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GSA sending resources, expertise to rescue SAM

Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini shifted responsibility for the troubled System for Award Management to the CIO's office and the Federal Acquisition Service and out of the Office of Governmentwide Policy. GSA is reconsidering all of its options, including possibly recompeting the contract for SAM. OASIS, Networks 2020 and changes to the schedules program also are making progress.

Tags: acquisition , industry , Contracting , GSA , Mary Davie , Jeff Koses , System for Award Management , Coalition for Government Procurement , Networks 2020 , strategic sourcing , IBM , pricing variability , OASIS , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 07:15am EDT
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