Satellite communications business TrustComm has opened an office in Stafford that it says will serve as its headquarters.

The small business, which has a teleport and network operations center in Houston, provides satellite communications services for government agencies — including the Defense Department — as well as commercial firms.

“We want to be very local to the decision makers,” said Bob Roe, TrustComm’s chief executive, of the new office at the Quantico Corporate Center. “The other piece of it was I needed to be able to attract very specific, qualified people.”

Roe joined TrustComm earlier this year after spending more than a decade at Stratos Global.

TrustComm also said it has named Rodrigo Gomez, formerly of Stratos Global and SES Americom, as chief technology officer and Jim Tran, who worked at Harris CapRock in Fairfax, as chief sales officer.

Pentagon IG calls for contracting improvements

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Specialty Centers could do a better job of awarding individual task orders under umbrella contracting programs, according to a report issued by the Defense Department’s inspector general late last month.

The IG reviewed 20 task orders worth more than $100 million awarded under four different multiple-award contracts. It found that contracting officials for the naval centers generally provided a fair opportunity for competition, but for two task orders, contracting officials limited competition and in several others, those officials did not do the necessary research to ensure the government paid a reasonable price.

The Pentagon IG recommended that the contracting director make sure all contractors on a given vehicle receive task order solicitations and that contracting officials better verify that prices are reasonable.

SAIC announces leadership

McLean-based contracting giant Science Applications International Corp. said that John Jumper, its chief executive, will lead the larger of two businesses the company will create when it splits.

Tony Moraco, who heads SAIC’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance group, will head the smaller company.

SAIC announced in August that it would separate into two pieces by the end of next year: an estimated $7 billion-a-year IT company focused on technology for the national security, engineering and health sectors and a roughly $4 billion-a-year services business specializing in areas like systems engineering and technical assistance and financial analysis.

Jumper’s team will also include Stu Shea, SAIC’s chief operating officer, while Moraco will be joined at the services business by Edward “Sandy” Sanderson, a member of SAIC’s board of directors.

CSC reports progress on cutting costs

Officials at Falls Church-based Computer Sciences Corp. said last week that the company is ahead of schedule in its effort to cut $1 billion in expenses in an 18-month period, including more than $500 million in fiscal 2013.

“Halfway through our fiscal year, we’ve realized approximately $280 million of the $500 million to $600 million in cost takeout,” said Paul N. Saleh , CSC’s chief financial officer, in a call with investors.

CSC reported earnings of $138 million (83 cents a share) for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, up from a loss of $2.87 billion ($18.56) in the same period a year earlier. Revenue declined nearly 3 percent to $3.85 billion.