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DorobekINSIDER: AFCEA Bethesda scores $675K for the Children’s Inn at NIH

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One of the best events of the year is hosted by AFCEA’s Bethesda, MD chapter — it is the annual gala for The Children’s Inn at NIH, a simply remarkable place where sick children undergoing research at the National Institutes of Health can find a respite at a “place like home.”

The Children's Inn at NIH

The Children's Inn at NIH

AFCEA Bethesda has been a long-time supporter of The Children’s Inn at NIH. And the AFCEA Bethesda team managed to break yet another record for the 13th year of the gala, collecting more than $675,000 — at least as of initial estimates. The tallying was still going on, but… No small feat given the current environment.

I have been to the event for many of the past 13 years — and blogging about it in recent years… 200820092010… For 2011, I was honored to be asked to be a part of the presenting team — they asked me to help goose the silent auctions. (By ‘goosing,’ I can only assume they mean ‘come home with as many items as possible!” On that account — mission accomplished!)

A special thanks to Teresa Bozzelli of Sapient Government Services, who invited me to participate.

Hear Bozzelli and Linda Berdine, the chairwoman of The Children’s Inn at NIH Board, talk about it on The DorobekINSIDER.

AFCEA Bethesda has been a long-time supporter of the Children’s Inn at NIH. For those of you who don’t know about it, the Children’s Inn is similar to the Ronald MacDonald houses — they are a place where families can stay near the hospital and have as normal of a life as is possible. The big difference: The Children’s Inn provides that home to those families at no cost. Remarkable. (And yes — you can contribute… $139 buys a night for a family at the Children’s Inn.)

Donna Appell at 2011 AFCEA Bethesda Gala for The Children's Inn

Donna Appell

See a slide show of photos from the event.

See more photos after the break.

One of the most amazing parts of the Children’s Inn Gala is that the audience gets to hear from the children themselves. This year, we got to meet Ashley Appell, 24, and her boyfriend Mervin Hernandez, 24 — who actually performed at the event… she sang and he played the saxophone. Both suffer from Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, a genetic metabolic disorder which causes albinism, visual impairment, and a platelet dysfunction with prolonged bleeding. Ashley’s mother, Donna, told the audience that they started singing and playing the sax as part of their therapy — to help with their lung capacity. And there therapy has turned into a joy and passion.

Ashley Appell, 24, and Mervin Hernandez, 24
Ashley Appell, 24, and Mervin Hernandez, 24

And it was thrilling that Ashley’s mother got to speak because I cannot imagine the torture of watching a child in pain. But the remarkable thing is the Children’s Inn also becomes a place for real information sharing. Donna told me that the Children’s Inn, in addition to providing a home, has also provided her with a network of people who have been there and done it.

Some photos from the event…

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The DorobekINSIDER gooses the silent auction (Photo: GTSI's Leslie Barry http://on.fb.me/fRQme5

$676,614

AFCEA Bethesda raises more than $676,000 for The Children's Inn at NIH

Bozzelli and Berdine at the AFCEA Bethesda Children's Inn Gala

Bozzelli and Berdine at the AFCEA Bethesda Children's Inn Gala

More photos… a slide show… and Children’s Inn at NIH – by the numbers… after the break…
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April 6, 2011 at 5:39 AM

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DorobekINSIDER: Deltek buys FedSources – launches clash of the Titans

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Get ready for clash of the Titans — the government market research edition.

Deltek, which bought market research firm Input earlier this year for $60 million, today announced that it bought long-time competitor, FedSources and it’s parent, the Washington Management Group.

According to the announcement, Deltek will acquired Washington Management Group, and its FedSources and FedSources Consulting businesses for $26 million in an all cash transaction.

WMG and FedSources have been rumored to be for sale for some time.

The big question: Why?

As Washington Technology noted after the Input buy:

The company’s goal is to meld Input’s contract data and market analysis with Deltek’s software, such as its customer relationship management offerings and its GovWin network for teaming and managing subcontractors.

Here is what the company is saying:

* Creating the industry’s broadest and deepest repository of government opportunity intelligence information.  For over 25 years, FedSources has delivered government contract research, agency spending analysis, and targeted opportunity information in key areas such as national security, information technology, and architecture and engineering to clients interested in winning Federal business.  By combining the rich opportunity intelligence from FedSources with the unique content, community and opportunity database from INPUT and GovWin, Deltek now delivers an unrivaled repository of government opportunities that represents over $500 billion in annual market value.

* Leveraging FedSources Consulting to deliver actionable, custom market analysis that better positions contractors to capture opportunities and grow their organizations.  Deltek’s research and consulting experts develop plans that position contractors to grow organically or through acquisition.  Our custom consulting engagements deliver pipeline development plans, opportunity-specific capture plans, and recommend acquisition candidates that align with contractors’ growth strategies.

* Offering comprehensive government schedule consulting to help companies find and keep profitable government contracts through The Washington Management Group.  Deltek drives growth for companies interested in capturing Federal business by developing strategies that will enable them to profitably enter the government market.  As part of these engagements, we work closely with companies to obtain and maintain both GSA and VA Schedule contracts.  Our engagements maximize revenue opportunities and minimize risk by ensuring compliance policies and programs are in place to enhance contract conformance.  In this way, we make it easier for companies to do business with the government and easier for the government to do business with key contractors.

It is certainly an interesting play — $65 million in market research. And this clearly pits Deltek squarely against the rapidly growing Bloomberg Government, which bought market research firm Eagle Eye about a year ago. BGov has been on a hiring spree building a formitable team of reporters and analysts. BGov has hired Allan Holmes, the former editor of NextGov and Federal Computer Week, to lead its technology coverage; David Rapp, another former FCW editor, and most recently, Bloomberg hired Anne Laurent, the widely respected former executive editor of Government Executive, BGov’s team covering government contracts and the companies that do business with federal agencies.

BGov insiders say that the goal is to build teams that focus on topic areas — and they will provide comprehensive reporting and analysis of those areas.

An interesting clash of the Titans.

Mark Amtower, the government marketing guru, told me that this brings together the contracting information and the consulting business in an effective way — and makes Deltek a very powerful player.

One of the more interesting questions: What happens with Coalition for Government Procurement. The Coalition has already been going through some changes. Long time executive director Larry Allen recently left to form his own consulting firm, and the Coalition is not mentioned in any of the releases.

After the break, read Deltek’s FAQ on the FedSources/WMG purchase.
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April 1, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Posted in Circuit, Contracting

DorobekINSIDER: Mike Causey’s most read posts for 2010

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In the first week of the new year, we looking back – and look forward… by looking at what you determined were the big stories.

Mike Causey's Federal ReportAll week, I’m highlighting the most read items across Federal News Radio’s programs. Yesterday, I posted the 100 most read items on the DorobekINSIDER. Tomorrow, we’ll post the most read items for the Federal Drive; Thursday for  FederalNewsRadio.com; and Friday for In Depth.

Today, the most read posts by Federal News Radio’s senior correspondent Mike Causey:

About Those Buyout Rumors…
Retirees $250 Tax Credit
Big Career Changes Coming at You
FEHBP Premiums, Co-Pays Going Up
Pay Freeze and Job Cuts, and Furloughs, Oh My!
Christmas Eve-Eve Bonus Holiday?
2011 Pay Raise Poker Chip
Federal Pay Raise: The Chosen Frozen
Pay, Pensions, Premiums Under the Knife
Thanksgiving Day Bonus Holiday: For Some
Best Places to Retire According to Those Who Know
Super Investment for Office Elders
Will Black Friday be a day off for feds?
Who’s on FERS?
TSP Balances: Size Counts
Accidents Happen: CSRS vs. FERS
FEHBP Premiums: Burying The Skunk
Your 2010 Lucky Numbers
Benefits, Retirement on the Chopping Block?
Pay Freeze & Pay Raise
Health Care Reform & Your FEHBP
Pay Freeze & Retirement
Federal Pay Freeze: A November Surprise?
Pay, Pensions Facing Firing Squad?
TSP Millionaires & Record Rollovers
East Coast, West Coast Pay Spread
Investing Unused Leave
2011 Pay Raise: Coulda Been Worse
Cadillacs, Dependent Kids & the FEHBP
How’s Your Pay Raise? Compared To What?
Snow Day: May Day!
Below-The-Radar-Raises Targeted
Feds Get Early, Extended Halloween
Higher Health Premiums: Just Wait!
Politics and Your 2011 Pay Raise
Down the Road: Pay Freeze and Job Cuts and Furloughs
Is Your Pension a Target?

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January 4, 2011 at 5:15 AM

DorobekINSIDER: The 100 most read items for 2010

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Happy New Year! What a great time to look back – and look forward… and to think about fresh starts.

The coming months are going to be interesting, no doubt.

All week, I’ll bring the most read items across Federal News Radio’s programs – Mike Causey tomorrow; the Federal Drive on Wednesday; FederalNewsRadio.com on Thursday; and In Depth on Friday.

But today, the 100 most read items on the DorobekINSIDER:

POLL: What do you think of the proposed pay freeze?
Federal pay up over 400 percent since 1969
Managing the fear of cutbacks among federal workers
IRS releases TSP contribution limits for 2011
Obama orders cuts in federal building costs
DorobekINSIDER poll: Did OPM make the right decision to open DC offices on Friday?
TSP end-of-year deadlines approaching
Analysis: What the pay freeze means to feds
Thrift Savings Plan update
Boeing may be losing edge in Air Force tanker award
Why TSP calculators don’t always work
How safe are your federal benefits?
Chances good for passage of TSP/annual leave bill
More TSP participants taking out money early
Federal intern program violates hiring rules
OPM targets poor-performing feds
Toss out that time card, get more productive employees
Why your office fridge could be hazardous to your health
Should feds work on Columbus Day?
POLL: How will the new Congress affect your job?
Why there’s been a backlash against feds lately
Analysis: What will happen to your pay?
Obama: Federal jobs may stay vacant
POLL: How big is the ‘bad government worker’ problem?
DorobekINSIDER: CA CIO Teri Takai to be named DOD CIO
TSP contribution limits for 2011 explained
How to manage older workers
TSP funds climb in July
Super bar codes gaining popularity in U.S.
Do agencies keep poor performers on the job?
Long-term tips for your Thrift Savings Plan
Your wireless router could leave you vulnerable
Are teleworkers happier?
DorobekINSIDER: An open letter to OMB: Stop the public sector bashing
How to make that performance review work for you
Budget top issue at TSP meeting
Author explores age of entitlement in “The Narcissism Epidemic”
POLL: Deficit commission recs hit feds
Rep. Connolly: Pay freeze unfair to feds
Most TSP funds suffer losses in May
FBI shuts down Sentinel computer program
TSP funds show gains in October
New TSP website launches
Berry lauds agencies for vet hiring
How to tune out noise in your office
Analysis: Causey and Miller on the pay freeze
Cool Jobs: USPS preserves stamps in cave
New Air Force motto gets mixed reviews
Investors make slight shifts to higher-risk TSP funds
Al Qaeda magazine calls for attacks on D.C. government workers
Elective deferrals for your TSP explained
TSP readies for debut of L-2050
How to make telework really work
Why continuous monitoring is gaining popularity
DorobekINSIDER: OMB’s government performance self-assessment
DorobekINSIDER poll: What should be the federal government’s operating status for FRIDAY?
The TSP as a model for other 401(k)s?
For TSP investments, most play it safe
DorobekINSIDER: Back to work for feds in DC, OPM defends closure decisions
TSP updates website, automatic enrollment options
Grassley: DoD IG’s lax oversight results in fraud
Was the Smithsonian haunted?
Vampire killers under federal contract?
The DorobekINSIDER iPad review: Will you see them in government?
Government still faces numerous teleworking challenges
2010 and Beyond: Causey on the ups and downs of the year
Board objects to proposed TSP fund
Causey on health plan options in Open Season
DorobekINSIDER: DOD issues its much anticipated Web 2.0 policy
Analysis: What does public anger mean for feds?
Rule would change contractors’ hiring practices
Fantasy TSP – Are you in?
How to get more minorities, women to participate in TSP
Coast Guard Academy named top college
Dorobek Must Reads – June 2
Telework requires ‘culture change’
Poll results: Should feds work on Columbus Day?
Automatic enrollment in TSP starts next week
Fed satisfaction survey reveals vast amount of info
‘Government Doesn’t Suck’ rally puts human face on government
Causey: How agency budget cuts will affect you
Can a Facebook post get you fired?
Public-private pay gap is widening
Federal pay raises safe … for now
TSP numbers: Look past the short term trend
DorobekINSIDER: GSA reorganizes, Interior shuffles – and the CIO (apparently) moves
Survey: Performance reviews get poor ratings
Election watch 2010 – and what it means for porn
Hiring reforms could mean big changes for veterans
Will feds get a half-day off on Dec. 23?
Google sues U.S. government
Last-minute open season tips
How to get your TSP questions answered
Comments needed for TSP beneficiary designation
Can Facebook get you fired?
DorobekINSIDER: Helping out a Postal employee in a time of need
Inside the secret new Internet browser

DorobekINSIDER: Reorg at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service; O’Hare to retire

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Just before the end of the year, a significant reorganization coming to GSA’s acquisition leadership.

Ed O’Hare, Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Technology Services (ITS) portfolio, who took the post in March 2009, will retire effective January 15, 2011, according to a memo by Steve Kempf , the commission of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service sent to employees today. Mary Davie, presently the Assistant Commissioner of FAS’ Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS), will serve as the ITS portfolio’s next leader effective January 16, 2011.  ITS oversees some of the government’s biggest and most important contracts including the GSA schedule contracts, GSA’s governmentwide telecommunications contracts such as Networx , and GSA’s governmentwide acquisition vehicles , including the just announced Alliant.

Joe Jeu, Assistant Commissioner for FAS’ General Supplies and Services (GSS) portfolio, has accepted an opportunity to continue his career at another federal agency, effective January 2, 2011.

Kempf stressed that the Federal Acquisition Services has a deep bench of executives with extensive experience. Therefore, as part of those changes:

* As I mentioned, Mary Davie, presently the Assistant Commissioner of FAS’ Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS), will serve as the ITS portfolio’s next leader effective January 16, 2011.
* Bill Sisk, presently the FAS Southeast Sunbelt Region Commissioner, has agreed to act as the GSS Assistant Commissioner effective January 2, 2011.
* Michael Gelber, presently the FAS Northwest Arctic Region Commissioner, will become the new FAS Pacific Rim Commissioner effective January 16, 2011.

The following people will act in these positions during the upcoming transition period:

* Tim Fleming, presently AAS’ Deputy Assistant Commissioner, will be the Acting Assistant Commissioner for AAS.
* Kelley Holcombe, FAS Deputy Regional Commissioner, will serve as the Acting FAS Southeast Sunbelt Region Commissioner.
* James Hamilton, the Northwest Arctic Region’s Director for Customer Accounts and Research, will serve as the Acting FAS Commissioner in Region 10.

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December 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM

DorobekINSIDER: NextGov’s new editor: Katherine McIntire Peters

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A number of new — and returning — people to the government IT press.

Government Executive’s tech site, NextGov, has a new editor: Katherine McIntire Peters.

The DorobekINSIDER told you last month that Allan Holmes, who helped create NextGov, was leaving to join Bloomberg’s BGov. That led to a search for a replacement.

Government Executive editor in chief Tom Shoop today announced that GovExec veteran Katherine McIntire Peters will be taking that post. NextGov is also adding Charlie Clark as a senior correspondent. Clark has been everywhere from National Journal to the Post to CQ. He’ll work across Government Executive and Nextgov.

It comes as the 1105 Government Information Group has tapped veterans for some key spots. Earlier this year, David Rapp, who had served as the 1105 Government Information Group editorial director and editor of FCW, also joined Bloomberg’s BGov. And Wyatt Kash, the long time editor of Government Computer News, was shifted to focus on events such as FOSE. 1105 Government Information Group president Anne Armstrong recently named Paul McCloskey as the editor of Government Computer News and John S. Monroe as the editor of Federal Computer Week. McCloskey and Monroe are veterans of the government IT market — and FCW.

Below, you can read Shoop’s note to staff about Peters and Clark…

All:

I’m very pleased to announce that we have a new editor for Nextgov, and even more pleased to report that while we searched far and wide, ultimately we found her right within our walls.

Katherine Peters has agreed to take the reins at Nextgov, effective at the beginning of 2011. As many of you know, Katherine has been with us for 15 years, and is our senior correspondent covering Defense Department management issues and federal agencies’ use and oversight of energy. She has been pinch-hitting as an editor since October, and during that time, under her leadership and that of our other experienced editors, Nextgov has continued to lead the way in breaking major federal IT stories and providing insightful analysis. Just as important, Katherine has immediately gained the respect and admiration of the staff. That’s no surprise, because she has excelled at every challenge we’ve put in front of her for all these years, and is quite simply one of the most talented writers and editors in the business today. Before joining us, she gained experience as an associate editor at Army Times and as a writer and technical editor at both IDC Washington and EDS. We’re fortunate she’s eager to take on this new challenge, and I have every confidence she’ll take Nextgov to new heights.

Luckily, we won’t have to wait to find a replacement for Katherine as senior correspondent. That position will be filled by Charlie Clark, who has been working with us on a temporary basis for the past couple of months. Charlie brings a wealth of experience to the job, having previously worked as a managing editor at National Journal, an editorial writer and copy editor at the Washington Post, a staff writer at Congressional Quarterly, and editor of Tax Notes Today at Tax Analysts. He’ll be doing a mix of editing and writing across a variety of subjects.

As Katherine and Charlie get settled in their new roles, we’ll continue to look for another talented journalist to fill the staff correspondent slot we still have open.

Please join me in congratulating Katherine and welcoming Charlie to the team.

Tom

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December 17, 2010 at 5:33 PM

DorobekINSIDER: Microsoft Federal’s Carlson to join Amazon

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In one of the biggest moves in government IT in years, Teresa Carlson, who has led Microsoft Federal for the past several years, is leaving the software giant to lead Amazon.com’s burgeoning cloud computing business.

Amazon officials were not available to confirm, but Carlson has told told friends that she will start on Dec. 13. Microsoft officials said that no replacement has been named.

Carlson is one of the preeminent leaders in the business of government community. She has been at Microsoft since 2002, and for the past several years, she has served as the vice president of Microsoft Federal.

The move is a tectonic shift for the cloud computing environment — and for Amazon.com. Amazon has already been a significant player in government — Recovery.gov runs on the Amazon cloud platform. But Amazon has largely lacked a “face” to the market.

But it also is a significant development for the cloud computing environment, scoring one of the most respected government IT executives for the relatively new computing platform.

And… the move leaves Microsoft Federal with a big shoes to fill.

Carlson’s biography as posted on the Microsoft Web site:

Teresa Carlson
Vice President US Federal Government
Microsoft Corporation

Teresa Carlson is the Vice President at Microsoft Corporation responsible for US Federal Government. In this role, she defines the strategy and oversees the execution of sales, contracting, pre-sales technical support, product marketing, customer satisfaction, and performance of the US Federal Government business worldwide.

Teresa joined Microsoft in 2002 as part of the US Federal Group to start up and manage the new Business Productivity unit. In this role, she led a team focused on delivering customer business value through a portfolio of business scenarios. Promoted from there to lead the US Federal Solutions Unit, she created a comprehensive solutions framework that was introduced into the US Federal marketplace. Teresa was also responsible for the US Federal partner channel that consists of more than 2500 Microsoft partners. In July 2005 she became the US Director of Strategy and Operations for Microsoft Federal where she developed new concepts, methods, and strategies for working in the US Federal market. And in 2006 she became the General Manager of the US Federal Civilian Agencies and International Global Organizations (IGO’s) business unit, managing a $600M+ business unit.

Prior to joining Microsoft Teresa was the World Wide Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Lexign Incorporated, formerly Keyfile Corporation, a software company focused on secure, end-to-end business transactions using XML and other technologies. Upon acquisition of three separate companies by Lexign, Teresa was responsible for the overall strategy of the integration and world-wide launch of the newly merged company.
Before moving into the information technology arena, Teresa spent 15 years in the health care field, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area vice-president, responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development. During this time, she led customers through numerous transformations, including Joint Commission certifications and significant payment system changes.

Teresa is a native of Kentucky, and currently loves living in Maryland with her husband, a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and her youngest son. Her oldest son is now also at West Point. The three men in her life help make it exciting and keep her priorities straight. She has an undergraduate and Masters of Science degree in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University. She holds a variety of certificates and is an advocate for children.

Teresa has received many awards for her industry and civic contributions to the Washington D.C. Community. These include the Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 Award, and The Bisnow on Business’ Federal IT Power 50 for 2009. Her deep commitment to bettering her community and her passion for her Federal customers has led her to numerous leadership engagements including service on the Boards of: AFCEA Bethesda Chapter, AFFIRM, American Red Cross Capital Chapter, TIE-DC and NPower.

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December 1, 2010 at 11:32 AM