Webinar: Building a Collaborative IP Framework - Feb. 26

February 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

SIGNAL's next webinar will be on February 26 at 11 a.m. and features Kurt Dickey, Unified Communications Specialist at Cisco Federal. From the description:

Organizations that maintain separate voice and data networks are confronted with the challenge of increasing productivity while reducing costs.

One answer to this challenge is deploying a converged network unified communications solution. In order to be effective, such a solution must offer flexible and sophisticated functionality and framework that permits rapid deployment of emerging applications such as desktop IP telephony, unified messaging, telepresence, mobility, desktop collaboration, enterprise application integration with IP phone displays, and collaborative IP contact centers. These applications enhance productivity and increase enterprise revenues.

Learn more and register here.

Balancing oversight and innovation

February 3, 2009
By H. Mosher

With all the headlines about honest mistakes of late, it bears remembering that not all mistakes are bad, writes Christopher Dorobek in his newest Incoming column, "Government Needs to Find Balance in Oversight". Noting the government trend toward accountability, Dorobek questions whether accountability itself should be the mission of government. Too much oversight, he cautions, may stifle the very thing agencies need most to best accomplish their missions.

Freedom Alliance

February 3, 2009
By Rita Boland
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"The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." So reads the slogan of Freedom Alliance which directs all the organization's efforts. The charitable and educational foundation was founded by Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret.), who said from the beginning that the goal would be to work to "keep America strong, keep America prosperous and keep America free." The mission of Freedom Alliance is to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.

Verizon Business to Provide Voice, Data Services to Federal Agencies in Mid-Atlantic Region

February 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business will provide a range of local voice and data services to federal agencies in five mid-Atlantic states under a new agreement, valued at as much as $121 million, with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Under the contract, the GSA and other federal agencies in the mid-Atlantic region, which covers Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia, can immediately buy local voice and data services, including Centrex, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) services, network-based voice messaging, private line data services and related managed and professional services.

Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman $276 Million Contract for Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Sustainment

February 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for $276 million for operations and maintenance support of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. Northrop Grumman will provide such services as ongoing engineering, data and configuration management, global supply chain management, technical data and field services, and maintenance.

VSE Receives Award for Army Support Services

February 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

VSE Corporation's Federal Group Communications & Engineering and Field Support Services divisions were awarded a task order for U.S. Army Support Services. The task order could be worth up to $389 million if the task order option period is exercised. Under the order, VSE will provide technical support services, including program management, integrated logistics, repair, maintenance and sustainment of route and area clearance countermine/counter-improvised explosive device vehicular systems, on behalf of the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support systems, Product Manager for Assured Mobility Systems.