American Systems buys SAIC’s test unit

September 9, 2012

Chantilly-based American Systems plans to add about 300 of Science Applications International Corp.’s employees by acquiring the company’s test and evaluation business.

Terms were not disclosed, and the deal is expected to close by mid-October. The unit is based in Albuquerque, but about 70 of its employees are in the Washington region, said Mark Danisewicz, American Systems’ chief financial officer.

SAIC’s personnel will become part of American Systems’ human capital and managed services group under the deal, which is meant to bolster the company’s test capabilities.

“We’re trying to be a very large player in this T&E space,” said Joe Kopfman, vice president for contracts and administration.

During its earnings call last month, SAIC disclosed not only that it would be selling its test and evaluation business but also that it plans to split into two public companies.

TechAmerica talks policy

Trey Hodgkins, recently promoted to head TechAmerica’s global public sector policy team, said he expects Congress to delay the implementation of sequestration, or about $1 trillion in automatic federal spending cuts.

Speaking with reporters, Hodgkins stressed that the length of a potential delay is critical. Three months, for instance, wouldn’t make much of an impact, while a year might provide “a little bit more breathing room.”

In a wide-ranging conversation, Hodgkins also speculated on what contractors might face under a Romney administration as opposed to a second Obama term.

He said TechAmerica has tracked more than 200 new regulations affecting contractors that are being formulated this year, compared to about 47 in the last year of the Bush administration.

A second Obama term would likely mean a continued focus on increased regulation, he said, but cautioned that much depends on the political breakdown of a new Congress.

He said both Romney and Obama would likely focus on small business.

Level 3 at the DNC

Level 3, which has its federal business in McLean, was the Democratic National Convention’s official media and technology provider, meaning it is providing live video feeds for broadcasters to use on television and encoding a feed used by Hulu for those watching online.

It’s not a new gig for Level 3, which had a similar role in 2008, said Edward Morche, who heads Level 3’s federal markets group.

The company, which has been providing the video feed for the Super Bowl for decades, added seven miles of fiber-optic network as part of its preparation for the convention, he said.

“It all happens very quickly and in the moment, but it takes months and months of preparation,” Morche said of the convention.

Xtreme denied

The Government Accountability Office has denied a protest filed by Arlington-based XtremeConcepts Systems against a Navy task order awarded to Camarillo, Calif.-based GBL Systems to provide engineering support associated with net-centric testing. The award was set aside for small businesses.

GBL had received better technical and past performance scores, and its propsed price of $35.5 million was lower than the $38.1 million offered by Xtreme, the GAO said.

In its protest, Xtreme argued that it had been duped into raising its price and that GBL’s subcontractors were not small businesses.

The GAO wrote in its decision that it found “no merit” to Xtreme’s challenges.

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