Ten stories you've been following

NO. 1: CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS ANNOUNCED. The industry
took time out from
competition to honor some of
its star players at the annual
Greater Washington
Government Contractor of the
Year awards gala. Also on the
program was the naming of
Norman Augustine, former
Lockheed Martin Corp. chairman,
to the GovCon hall of
fame. The companies receiving
awards included the Tauri
Group, Danya International,
Stinger Ghaffarian
Technologies and Booz Allen
Hamilton Inc.

NO. 2: GARTNER: IT HIRING
FREEZES,
STAFFING CUTS
AHEAD
. Gartner
Research presented a parade of
grim messages and recommendations
about the fallout of the
Wall Street meltdown at its
annual Symposium/ITxpo. Cost
reduction, risk management
and compliance will dominate
information technology in the
coming year.

NO. 3: CISCO, GSA FALL
OUT OVER SCHEDULE
CONTRACT.

Cisco Systems Inc.
and its reseller immixGroup
couldn't negotiate a new
General Services
Administration schedule contract
before the current contract
expired. The snag was
overpricing ? GSA says it isn't
low enough, according to an
industry source.

NO. 4: BOLLINGER
CHALLENGES
NORTHROP IN
LAWSUIT
. A dispute
between a subcontractor and
prime contractor has landed in
court. Bollinger Shipyards wants
$12 million to settle claims
related to the remaking of the
Deepwater cutters that were
rejected by the Coast Guard.
Bollinger was a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman Corp.
and was hired to extend
cutters from 110 feet to
123 feet. The Coast Guard
asked for a refund.

NO. 5 UNISYS
BOARD TAPS
COLEMAN AS
CEO
. Unisys
Corp. has picked Edward
Coleman to be the company's
new chairman and
chief executive officer.
Coleman is known as a
specialist in turning companies
around. His
appointment came the
day after Unisys Federal
president Greg Baroni
resigned from the company.
He was replaced by
Ted Davies.

NO. 6: DEFENSE
SPENDING
HITS HIGHWATER
MARK.

U.S. defense spending hit
its highest point in a
decade at $678 billion in
fiscal 2008 and most likely
will be followed by a
decline during the next 10
years, according to a forecast
by the Information
Technology Association of
America.

NO. 7: OPM
TERMINATES
RETIREEZ
CONTRACT
. The
Office of Personnel
Management terminated a 10-year, $290 million contract
with Hewitt Associates to modernize
the federal employees
retirement system. The company
failed to deliver a functioning
benefits calculator as part of the
RetireEZ contract. Hewitt officials
said they were disappointed
with the decision, adding that the
company delivered on its contract
obligations.

NO. 8: SIX IN RUNNING FOR
ANTI-TERRORISM
TECH CHALLENGE
.
Two U.S. companies
are finalists for the Global
Security Challenge. The winner
of the competition will be
named in London Nov. 13. The
Defense Department will give
the winner a $500,000 grant.
TRX Systems Inc., of College
Park, Md., which makes a personnel-
tracking system for first
responders, and Brain
Fingerprinting Labs Inc., of
Seattle, which developed a technology
to help interrogations,
are the two U.S. companies
competing.

NO. 9: FDA PICKS 10 FOR
TECH MODERNIZATION
EFFORT
. Ten
companies will compete
against one another for
task orders to modernize the
information technology systems
at the Food and Drug
Administration. The 10-year IT
for the 21st Century contract is
worth $2.5 billion.

NO. 10: CONGRESS
PUTS HOLD
ON DHS
PROJECTS
.
Congress put on the brakes temporarily
for Homeland Security
Department projects such as the
U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status
Indicator Technology program,
Deepwater, Secure Border
Initiative and the Automated
Commercial Environment.

Congress is concerned about
management issues and included
detailed instructions in the continuing
resolution that DHS must
meet before money is released in
fiscal 2009. Requirements
include submitting additional
information on expenditures, life
cycle planning, costs, personnel,
schedules and budgets.

These stories received the most
traffic on Washington Technology's
Web site during October. For more
daily news coverage, go to
http://www.washingtontechnology.com.

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