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Ross Wilkers

Senior Staff Reporter

Ross Wilkers
Ross Wilkers is Washington Technology's senior staff reporter covering the business of government contracting, plus the companies and trends that shape the market. He joined WT in 2017 and works with Editor-in-Chief Nick Wakeman to host and produce our "Project 38" podcast featuring interviews with the market's leading executives and voices. Ross is a native of Northern Virginia and is an alumnus of George Mason University.
Acquisition

GSA opens Polaris to next set of small-business bidders

The General Services Administration has released the final solicitation for service-disabled and HUBzone small businesses to bid on the Polaris IT vehicle.

Defense

DOD's game plan for inflation relief

A new memo from the Pentagon's pricing chief gives contracting officers a framework on how to help companies deal with the higher costs of everything.

Acquisition

Commerce names desired winners for $1.5B enterprise IT vehicle

The window is open those who believe one or more of these intended awardees are actually not small businesses.

Defense

CACI-led team wins $5.7B Air Force enterprise IT pact

Wave number one of the branch's "Enterprise IT as a Service" effort seeks to push more basic IT functions out to industry.

Acquisition

Guidehouse to acquire Grant Thornton's public sector arm

This transaction is similar to the one that launched Guidehouse as the market knows it today.

Acquisition

GSA adds $25 billion to ceiling value of Alliant 2, sketches out timeline for Alliant 3

The General Services Administration's updates for industry include timing for Alliant 3 as well as a higher ceiling for the current Alliant program.

Acquisition

Sealing Technologies wins $168M Marine Corps cyber contract

The veteran-owned small business will help develop new systems to analyze vulnerabilities.

Acquisition

The changing antitrust climate for contractors

Large transactions in the defense and government market do not typically get the attention of advocates for strong antitrust enforcement—but a few recent actions may signal a change.

Acquisition

GSA puts Polaris contract back in motion

A much-debated aspect of this government IT solutions procurement appears to have been changed.

Acquisition

General Dynamics' $11B DOD 'Fourth Estate' IT protest denied

Barring more action, this lets Leidos proceed on its work for the 10-year Defense Enclave Services award and consolidate IT systems for 22 DOD agencies.

Acquisition

NRO finalizes imagery contract worth 'billions of dollars'

The National Reconnaissance Office is looking to support around 500,000 federal government users with this expanded program.

Acquisition

ManTech agrees on $4.2B sale to Carlyle Group

The all-cash transaction will end ManTech's current 20-year run as a public company.

Acquisition

GSA's new thinking for evaluating Polaris bids

After collecting industry feedback, the General Services Administration will give a new proposal due date and open the bid submission portal.

Acquisition

GSA to slow down process for Polaris IT vehicle

The agency will spend the time reviewing feedback on how joint ventures can bid.

Defense

Leidos takes $11B DOD 'Fourth Estate' IT contract

Leidos wins yet another one of the largest defense IT services and systems integration contract opportunities out there with the award of this $11.5 billion program at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Acquisition

State Department offers glimpse of $8B IT services contract

The multiple-award contract dubbed "Evolve" is the successor to the Vanguard contract held by Science Applications International Corp. since 2010.

People

Roper named CEO of drone company Volansi

Will Roper, the former Air Force acquisition chief, has been named CEO of Volansi, a commercial drone manufacturing company.

IT Modernization

DISA unveils $11B IT 'Enclave' services solicitation

The Defense Information Systems Agency puts its much-anticipated $11.2 billion 'Enclave Services' contract for broad IT services out for industry to bid.

Cybersecurity

CBP taps CACI for $1.8B modernization contract

Customs and Border Protection awarded an $1.8 billion back-office IT modernization contract through the General Services Administration's assisted acquisition service.

IT Modernization

FBI needs more time to recompete $5B IT product contract

In a FedBizOpps notice, the bureau said it plans to extend by another year current Information Technology Supplies and Support Services contract, also known as ITSSS or "IT Triple-S."