Govonomy evaluates commercial products that might be useful to government or contractor buyers.
We “assess their product to make sure the product actually exists, it works, it has been sold in the private sector,” said Pradhan, who has spent about half his career working with start-ups and half in government. “Once that is done, we enter into an arrangement where we become their reseller for the public sector.”
So far, the site has about 15 technology companies — most hawking software and based in Silicon Valley — and about 50 products available. Federal, state and local government employees can become members for free and browse what’s available, including searching by federal requirement or mission. Members can also create wish lists and ask for demonstrations, according to Pradhan.
He said Govonomy expects to have about 100 companies on the site within a year.
Leidos forecasts weak quarter
Reston-based Leidos, the national security, health and engineering company created earlier this year by cutting Science Applications International Corp. into two pieces, said last week that its third quarter earnings will be “significantly weaker” than expected.
While Leidos turned an operating profit of $101 million in the same quarter last year, the company said it now expects to report a $7 million operating loss for the three-month period this year.
Leidos attributed the loss to separation and restructuring expenses of $25 million, a $42 million bad debt expense related to energy construction projects and a $19 million charge to write down the value of two acquisitions.
The company cut its forecast for the year, reducing its revenue range prediction to $5.65 billion to $5.8 billion, down from $5.85 billion to $6.1 billion. The company said it plans to file its quarterly report this week.
Veteran-owned, service-disabled small business Client/Servers Software Solution
s or CSSS.NET, which relocated to the District earlier this year, plans to announce this week that it has changed its name.
The company will now be known as Constellation West, said Lisa Wolford
, the contractor’s founder.
“When I started the company 16 years ago, it was a completely different company than it is today,” Wolford said of the name change. The company was only doing commercial work originally; it now is wholly focused on government work.
The word constellation, she said, is meant to invoke the idea of helping clients chart their future, while west hints at Wolford’s Midwestern background.
The company is also in the process of planning a new office and plans to soon relocate to the Merrifield area, Wolford said.
GSA seeks better deal on office supplies
The General Services Administration is readying the newest version of its strategic sourcing program for office supplies, hoping to leverage the heft of the federal government to get lower prices.
, director of acquisition operations at the GSA, said the latest effort seeks to not only better convene federal agencies to increase the program’s scope but also to help agencies change their demand patterns to get better prices. For instance, he said, relying on three- or four-day delivery is much cheaper than overnight.
“There’s a cultural shift,” he said. “Much of that has been about gathering the data [and] helping the agencies understand their own spend data.”
Even as the GSA pushes for lower prices from vendors, Koses said he expects a larger field of competitors, given the opportunity for a significant volume of sales. He said the new initiative will push more work to small businesses than the prior version.
GAO rejects Unified Communication protest
The Government Accountability Office has denied a protest filed by McLean-based Unified Communication after the Department of Homeland Security decided not to award it a contract for information technology services.
Out of 35 proposals, the agency selected seven contractors, all of whom the GAO reported received higher ratings than UCI in corporate experience and most of whom proposed a lower price than UCI’s $483.6 million.
UCI contended that DHS made a “flawed best value analysis,” particularly by putting too much weight on corporate experience. The company argued that had less emphasis been put on the factor, it “would have been selected for an award,” according to the GAO report. The GAO backed the agency.
GAO denies Vire protest
The GAO has also denied a protest filed by District-based Vire Consulting over the cancellation of an IRS contract for information technology support services.
The IRS had issued a solicitation and excluded Vire after deciding its proposal did not fit the competitive range. Vire protested, the IRS decided to take corrective action and the agency ultimately canceled the program.
Vire argued that the agency did so as “a pretext to avoid awarding a contract to the protester on a competitive basis.” The GAO disagreed and backed the IRS.