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Frances Sherlock

What to do between Proposal Submittal and Award Notification: How VectorCSP Transitions Contracts

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By: Bob Burnett, Vice President of Business Development If you were to distill government contracting into two macro buckets, you would end up with two categories, pursuing work and doing work. For Business Development (BD) professionals, the pursuing work phase is where we live and breathe; despite that, we know that work is won or lost based on the doing work phase. Performance on current tasking is what drives increased technical capability, a great reputation, and highly rated Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) from our clients. So, while BD folks may get the glory for “winning” new work, it is the…

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VectorCSP Receives DHS Small Business Achievement Award

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On April 17th, at a ceremony in our Nation’s Capital, a contingent of VectorCSP staff received a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Achievement Award.  During the ceremony, DHS leadership stated that last year over 2,000 companies received their first contract from DHS.  However, only two companies received the Achievement Award for their outstanding performance with the Coast Guard.  VectorCSP was cited for their exceptional support of Coast Guard aircraft at the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) in Elizabeth City, NC, and for expanding that outstanding support to Coast Guard cutters and boats at the Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC)…

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VectorCSP wins F-35 JPO BPA Contract

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We are pleased to announce that VectorCSP has been awarded a multi-year Blanket Purchase Agreement from NAVAIR Warfare Center Aircraft Division for task orders assisting the F-35 in completing acquisition related studies and providing focused consulting services to improve the acquisition of the F-35 Air System and/or the organizational structure of the F-35 JPO. We are 1 of 19 awardees on the multiple award BPA. Task order focus areas include: Affordability; Supply Chain and Logistics; Acquisition and Procurement Strategies; IT Business Systems; Future Technology Planning; Modeling and Simulation Studies; and Organizational/Workforce Management. We are looking forward to bringing our capabilities…

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Stoicism in Government Contracting – Part 4 – Speaking Latin

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By Bob Burnett, Director of OASIS PMO In this final installment of the 4-part series on Stoicism in Government Contracting, we focus on three more themes identified by The Daily Stoic that typify stoicism, namely Kindness, Amor Fati, and Memento Mori. Yes, you are reading correctly…those last two ideals are written in Latin, but we will get to that shortly. If you have read the previous posts in this series, you know that the general intent is to demonstrate how themes found in the philosophy of stoicism can be of great use to those of us who support government contracting…

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Creating a Social Media Presence for a Government Contracting Company

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By: Frances Sherlock, Proposal Coordinator Like many small government contractors, VectorCSP has struggled to create a presence on social media. We had LinkedIn and Twitter profiles that we occasionally posted on. But there was no rhyme or reason to the posts – they happened when someone randomly remembered to post something. Was this bad? No. We had to push social media to the back burner while we focused on capture efforts and proposal bids. But that obviously didn’t help our social presence. An effective social media strategy requires consistently engaging, interacting, and posting in order to build a positive presence….

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VectorCSP – Cut Through the Noise

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By: Damien Walz, Vice President of Business Development At VectorCSP, we work to cut through the noise. The confusing noise of the complex bureaucracies of our customers, the trivial noise of some of our self-important beltway contracting counterparts, the droning noise of the latest management theories and business buzzwords, and the unending noise of purposeless meetings and meetings and meetings. We accept that there will always be noise. Therefore, we will forever work to cut through the noise on behalf of our: Employees, who want to contribute to meaningful and actionable solutions, Teammates, who want to know that we are…

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ITA and VectorCSP win MMM Contract at SFLC

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ITA (prime) and VectorCSP (sub) have teamed to win the follow-on Maintenance and Material Management Project for the Small Boat Product Line (SBPL) at the Surfaces Forces Logistics Center. We will help enter all Small Boat Platform Maintenance Procedure Cards into ACMS and provide technical and customer support to the Small Boat Fleet and SBPL Stakeholders. We are very excited to be back on the project and look forward to continuing our legacy of support to the SFLC and the SBPL.

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Foreign Interests, Technology, and Operations Security

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By David Wilson, Facility Security Officer and IT Manager In the business of government contracting, it is a huge mistake to ever let down your guard. There are adversarial groups, governments, and interests in all walks of life, and they are getting smarter, and much more technologically advanced. They understand the kinds of information and data they can use, and they understand how to get it. Here are a couple of recent examples. Until about a year and a half ago, Kaspersky antivirus was the product of choice for protecting your computers – work and home. It got the best…

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Stoicism in Government Contracting – Part 3 – Don’t Give Up!

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By Bob Burnett, Director of OASIS PMO In this third installment of the four-part series on Stoicism in Government Contracting, we focus on three more themes identified by The Daily Stoic that typify stoicism, namely: Duty, Pragmatism, and Resiliency. These traits are especially useful in the world of government contracting. Any government contractor doing their job well understands the importance of Duty, even if they don’t always consider how their function supports the larger picture. Any government contractor who has yet to go mad trying to keep up with the fickle and capricious nature of our federal government must possess…

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The Very Real Danger of E-Mail Phishing Scams to Business Security

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By David Wilson, Facility Security Officer and IT Manager E-mail security has been identified as one of the top threats, if not the top vulnerability in government and industry cyber-security. Millions of phishing attempts are made daily by hackers, automated bots, and sophisticated programs dredging for everything from identities to steal, to confidential information and embarrassing data that could be used for blackmail. The scope and size of these operations is vast, but in recent years, a more identifiable pattern has emerged. A recent article on MSN News from the Associated Press details how Russian hackers known by the code…

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