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January 3, 2013
What Cliff?
Fed Sector Races On

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At least two large government contractors kicked off the year with fed wins. And don't even get us started with all the recent acquisitions. With federal cuts looming, will the pace continue?
DRC's Jim Regan
Yesterday, DRC president Jim Regan announced that the company is providing scientific computing services under a five-year, $50 million deal. FDA is a huge data generator with its use of molecular data for medicine, EHRs, and wireless health. So a major focus will be on making big data useful. The company has been going after the healthcare market and already counts the VA and the Military Health System as clients. The new relationship with the FDA makes it easier to expand its HHS presence.
SAIC headquarters
SAIC will be working on environmental remediation support services for the Army Environmental Command. The McLean, Va.-based contractor will be at Army installations all over the country. The IDIQ has a five-year base and potential value of $240M. SAIC is one of nine companies that can compete for task orders, helping the Army with cleanup and environmental quality programs.

More Predictions
CEA's Gary Shapiro
Despite still feeling queasy about the economy, consumer electronics sales will grow in 2013, says CEA president Gary Shapiro. And it’s no surprise that the fastest-growing area of consumer tech will be tablets. Gary says to expect lots of new apps, faster speeds, and thinner products. He also says Congress will be paying extra attention to privacy, location-based services, cloud security, visual ID tech, and intellectual property. 3D printing is of particular IP concern. The association is also planning on wooing more startups with special membership pricing. Tech startups will also have a bigger presence at next week’s International CES, making up 40% of attendees.
FBI headquarters
Even though the new Congress gets sworn in today, real work won’t start until early February, predicts TechAmerica SVP Trey Hodgkins. Even then, tech legislation will be overshadowed by policymakers dealing with the budget and the debt ceiling. This could make cybersecurity legislation a challenge. Unless there’s a cybersec attack that gets their attention like the recent "Butterfly Botnet" cyber attack detected by the FBI. But some changes are all but certain, like the way agencies buy desktop computers. It will move to a strategic sourcing model, making desktop computers more of a commodity like paper clips.

Sips & Suppers Satisfies
Sips & Suppers event
Hosts Jose Andres, Joan Nathan, and Alice Waters (pictured) request your appetite at two amazing evenings featuring America’s finest chefs. The two-day Sips & Suppers events support DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, which serve DC’s neediest individuals. On Jan. 26, Sips will feature top chefs and mixologists preparing their signature dishes and drinks at the Newseum, with 500 guests. On Jan. 27, Suppers will feature celebrity chefs creating intimate dinners in two dozen homes throughout the city. Many are already sold out. To find out more about these events, as well as giving opportunities, go to sipsandsuppers.org.

Buying Spree?
Zipcar gets bought by Avis
So is 2013 going to be the year of M&As? Zipcar was sold to Avis yesterday, in a deal that could bring in $96M for DC-based investor, Revolution. Just before the holiday, Herndon, Va.-based Wireless Matrix was sold to CalAmp. The fleet management software company will remain in Virginia, along with all its employees except for acting CEO Maria Izurieta. She’s being replaced by Richard Myers, who was CEO and co-founder of Intrievex. Maria had been in the acting role for the past nine months after serving as CFO since 2004. The deal will close in March. Other recent acquisitions: Citrix bought Zenprise; CACI acquired IDL Solutions; and Oracle scooped up Eloqua. Meanwhile, we just purchased a 2012 desk calendar at a huge discount and can't stop bragging about it.
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