The Pulse’s [Partial] Shutdown To-Do List

This shutdown is unfortunate, but we recommend Government Contractors try to use the time effectively in the interim. We aren’t here to pontificate on what is going on - you have numerous outlets for that - but what we want to contribute are a few ideas to keep you, the Government Contractor, from going stir crazy while we wait out this storm.

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Q4 Spending Statistics: Will Q4 FY18 be the Biggest Spending Spree Industry Has Seen Yet?

Updated on December 29, 2018. No one in GovCon is a stranger to these seasonal trends, but this time it feels like we are all counting on a little extra Q4 magic. Naturally skeptical as we are, we felt compelled to do a little digging to find out if the Q4 hype is real. Data used to support Senatorial Letter for U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.). Data featured in Nextgov article , Yahoo Finance , CHiefHRO, and Federal News Radio.

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Pulse Pipeline Playbook (November 15, 2018)

Our November 15, 2018 Pipeline Playbook contains the details & analysis on 2 canceled bids, 14 pre-sol bids, 11 active bids, 23 awarded bids & 73 upcoming & past events. Our Playbooks are available for individual purchase and are easily downloadable for direct incorporation into your pipeline.

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Pulse Pipeline Playbook (November 1, 2018)

Our November 1st Pipeline Playbook contains the details & analysis on 7 canceled bids, 23 pre-sol bids, 13 active bids, & 218 upcoming & past events. Our Playbooks are available for individual purchase and are easily downloadable for direct incorporation into your pipeline.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower in FedGov: The Census Bureau

The U.S. decennial census occurs every 10 years and is fast approaching in 2020. With it brings GovCon opportunities in large-scale data collection planning, hundreds of thousands of new internal and external employees, marketing campaigns, real estate leasing for local offices, and of course IT and cybersecurity overhauls. Earlier this year, the FY18 Omnibus spending bill allocated $2.8B+ for Census. So how much of this $2.8B has been spent already this fiscal year? According to FPDS, only $323M, and we only have a few more weeks of FY18.

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M(M)&A: WELCOME TO THE GOVCON SMACKDOWN.

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in GovCon is nothing new, but the playing field is starting to look less like a game of golf, and more like a round of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Somewhere along the way, this game of buying and building went from civilized quiet applause, to a raw and brutal contact sport.

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DARPA, Will You Be Our Valentine?

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Pulse decided to dive into the glittery and shiny agency that has our attention - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). With so many interesting facets, an aptitude for transparency, and the ability to challenge GovCon and academia to think outside-the-box, our collective Pulse heart is all aflutter.  In order to assist GovCons in their mission to score something sweet today, The Pulse took a wondrous boat ride to explore the DARPA factory tunnels. Take a trip with us into some of their most recent initiatives, and learn about ten (10) upcoming GovCon opportunities to satisfy that sweet tooth.

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"I'll be back" – Artificial Intelligence's Never-ending Refrain in Government

The noise around Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a buzz that is steadily turning into a fanfare - but do we in GovCon really know what it entails? Join the Pulse as we obsess over literal definitions, analyze FY18 GovCon opportunities, and explore the true translation of AI, Machine Intelligence, and Machine Learning. Teaser: We have good news and bad news. Bad news: Alexa is as much AI as your Furby was back in 1998. Good news? Who knows, maybe that A.I. that detects deception will be able to tell you who your Pulse gals are. There's only one way to find out... (01011000 01001111 01011000 01001111) 

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FY18 Watch List (The BD Professional’s Cheat Sheet)

The Pulse has been listening to Government decision makers and those with their hands on the programs. We have been tracking the data, the publicized facts and listening attentively to all sides. We did this so that we can give you, the GovCon Business Development professional, a GovCon FY18 Cheat Sheet to lessen the blow of those dreaded pipeline meetings that await you in January 2018 - and maybe score you a relationship with a hot agency in the new year.

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