FCW Insider

Blog archive

Quick Hits

*** Many corporate political donors and political action committees are pausing political donations in response to the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. In some instances, PACs and corporations are ceasing all funding activity and in other cases, donations are being frozen for lawmakers who voted in the House or Senate to object to certifying the results of the presidential election.

Washington Technology reported on Tuesday that government contractors including Leidos, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Technologies are adding their names to the list of companies that are taking part in the political donation pause

The big question with regard to corporate funding is whether the freeze is sustained or if there is a long term impact on the fundraising ability of those 140-plus Republican members of Congress who backed any of the motions challenging the electors submitted by Pennsylvania and Arizona.

"The dirty little secret is that there isn't a lot of PAC spending right now. In an ordinary situation, after a presidential cycle, PACs would be reevaluating their goals and priorities," one lobbyist told FCW. "I'd wait and see who is still withholding political giving – and from whom -- in the second and third quarters, when money starts to move in advance of the 2022 midterms. That is how I'd measure the impact of what happened."

*** The Department of Homeland Security made a spate of awards to AT&T in the governmentwide $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Contract over the past week. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made an EIS award to AT&T with a ceiling value of $173 million on Jan. 5. AT&T also won a $133 million-ceiling award from the DHS Management Directorate. AT&T nabbed a $32.6 million EIS task order for the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer and a $43.4 million task order from the DHS Office of the Secretary.

Posted on Jan 13, 2021 at 2:34 AM


  • Workforce
    Avril Haines testifies SSCI Jan. 19, 2021

    Haines looks to restore IC workforce morale

    If confirmed, Avril Haines says that one of her top priorities as the Director of National Intelligence will be "institutional" issues, like renewing public trust in the intelligence community and improving workforce morale.

  • Defense
    laptop cloud concept (Andrey Suslov/Shutterstock.com)

    Telework, BYOD and DEOS

    Telework made the idea of bringing your own device a top priority as the Defense Information Systems Agency begins transitioning to a permanent version of the commercial virtual remote environment.

Stay Connected