Since taking over as chief executive of Chantilly-based government contractor Tasc last month, John P. Hynes Jr. has already made some changes.

He has restructured the company’s work into four sectors: space; cyber and homeland security; intelligence and analysis; and defense, in an effort to better group its capabilities and reduce a layer of management.

Previously, the company had three groups as well as several business units, Hynes said.

In an interview earlier this month, Hynes said he hasn’t faced a steep learning curve. Since fall 2012, he has worked as the company’s chief operating officer. He previously worked at Tasc from 1990 to 2001 and rejoined the company in 2011 as senior vice president of the contractor’s defense and civil group. (In his time away from Tasc, he worked at local contractors Science Applications International Corp. and ManTech International).

“Customers have less money to spend,” Hynes said. “We want to be sure that where we are spending our money internally is aligning with what customers are wanting to buy.”

He said that as Tasc cuts some of its costs, it is also looking to invest in research and in hiring talented employees.

Hynes said the budget deal announced by Congress earlier this month will likely improve federal procurement, as agencies have been hindered by spending uncertainty.

“The [budget] number itself is important, but when you don’t have any idea what it is, that’ s a huge problem,” he said. “It’s really tough to make a decision with that much uncertainty.”

SRA International restructures into 2 groups

Fairfax-based SRA International said earlier this month it has consolidated its operating groups from four to two and rearranged its leadership.

The government contractor said it will now have a national security group, which brings together its intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement units with the defense group, and a health and civil group, which combines the civil government and health operations.

George Batsakis , formerly senior vice president of the defense group, will head the national security group, while Paul Nedzbala , who led the civil government group, will take over the health and civil group.

Pat Burke , who headed the intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement group, becomes SRA’s chief technology officer.

Earlier this year, the contractor announced that Tom Nixon , who previously led the health group, has become chief growth officer.

GAO backs SRA protest

The Government Accountability Office has sustained a protest filed by Fairfax-based SRA International over NASA’s decision not to award it a contract for coaching and organizational development services.

NASA had selected Booz Allen Hamilton, Cambria and ICF International for awards, but the GAO found that the agency unreasonably assigned weaknesses to SRA’s proposal.

The GAO recommended the agency reevaluate SRA’s proposal and make a new decision. It also recommended reimbursing the contractor for the costs of pursuing the protest.

AXIS wins part of protest

The GAO also upheld part of a protest filed by McLean-based Axis Management Group against an Interior Department contract awarded to Lakewood, Colo.-based Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions for laboratory operational support at the agency’s National Water Quality Laboratory.

The agency had opted for Cherokee based on its higher technical rating and lower price of $4.8 million, compared to Axis’s $4.9 million bid.

Though the GAO did not agree with all of Axis’s protest, it did back the company’s complaints about its price evaluation. The GAO recommended the agency reevaluate the price proposals and conduct a new analysis.

If Cherokee’s proposal is no longer the best value, the GAO said, the agency should terminate its contract and make a new award.