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IG: Medicare contractors vulnerable to conflicts of interest

Firms that are paid tens of millions of dollars to root out Medicare fraud are bidding on contracts to investigate companies they are doing business with, sometimes their own parent companies, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Tags: CMS , Daniel Levinson , HHS OIG , Medicare fraud , contracting , Acquisition ,

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 05:19pm EDT

Lockheed announces 740 job cuts to D.C.-based unit

Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest defense contractors, has announced a 5 percent workforce reduction at its Mission Systems and Sensors (MS2)business area. The company said it notified 308 of its U.S.-based employees Tuesday "that they will no longer have employment with the company," according to a release.

Tags: Acquisition , contracting , layoffs , budget , Lockheed Martin , Dale Bennett , Robert Stevens

Tuesday - 07/10/2012, 07:53pm EDT

GSA readying phase 2 of print management strategic sourcing BPA

The agency released a request for information last month detailing copier and print managed services requirements. GSA awarded a strategic sourcing contract to 11 vendors in September for basic print management services under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative.

Tags: Acquisition , contracting , GSA , OFPP , Joe Jordan , strategic sourcing , print management , Jason Miller

Friday - 07/06/2012, 05:45pm EDT

DHS reports surge in cyber attacks against critical infrastructure

In 2011, companies reported 198 cyber incidents to the Homeland Security Department a nearly 383 percent increase above 2010, according to a June 28 report from the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). Companies reported nine such incidents in 2009., when DHS opened ICE-CERT to help protect private-sector operators critical infrastructure from "emerging" cyber threats.

Tags: Cybersecurity , DHS , Critical infrastructure , US-CERT , ICS-CERT , spear phishing

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 05:15pm EDT

Dell expands software services with Quest acquisition

The agreement boosts the Dell Software Group's portfolio of available tools, including security and database management systems.

Tags: contracting , M&A , Dell , Quest Software , Esther Carey

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 05:53pm EDT

Contractors in Growth Niches Top $100 Million: BGOV Insight

Companies specializing in health technology, surveillance and services for military special operations bucked the decline in federal contract spending last year, according to a Bloomberg Government report.

Tags: Brian Friel , Bloomberg Government , Federal Drive , small business , contracting , Acquisition

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 11:42am EDT
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DHS hones dynamic approach to securing agency computer networks

Homeland Security releases policy and guidance on how departments and vendors will implement continuous monitoring and get away from static reports on the cyber health of their systems. DHS is hoping Congress approves a $200 million funding request to buy five different commercial cyber tools, a dashboard and a security data warehouse in 2013.

Tags: Technology , Acquisition , contracting , DHS , Cybersecurity , John Streufert , continuous monitoring , FISMA , Cloud computing , FedRAMP , Alan Paller , SANS Institute , Jason Miller

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Lockheed machinists OK new labor deal, end strike

Lockheed Martin machinists ended their 10-week strike Thursday, approving a new labor deal that includes a $2,000 bonus and annual pay increases starting at 3 percent the first year.

Tags: Lockheed Martin , Labor , management , contracting , acquisitions , Federal Drive , DoD , DoD Report

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 03:58pm EDT

FedBizOpps.gov contractor under FBI investigation

The government is investigating allegations against Symplicity Corp. for allegedly accessing without permission the internal networks of two competitors in the education sector. Symplicity, which runs three governmentwide websites, denies any wrongdoing and calls the government's search warrant a one-sided justification for the investigation. Experts say the company could face suspension from new federal procurements.

Tags: contracting , Symplicity Corp. , FBI , GSA , FedBizopps.gov , Bill Shook , John Irving , Holland and Knight , Mazient , Pave Systems , Michael French , Ghasson Nino , Adam Hark , Ariel Friedler , Cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/29/2012, 05:41am EDT
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