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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

Incumbents win parallel $2.25B background investigation support recompetes

The Defense Department agency responsible for background investigations is moving to a new case processing system as part of the larger "Trusted Workforce 2.0" push.

IT Modernization

State Department unveils $10B enterprise IT services solicitation

The contract known as "Evolve" seeks technology modernization services in support of diplomatic goals.

Acquisition

Interior unveils $1B cloud solicitation

Data center consolidation and the movement of more core technology services are top priorities for the department in this acquisition.

Acquisition

GSA lifts curtains on the next Alliant contract

Version three of this flagship government-wide technology solutions vehicle is now ready for industry to read and comment on.

Acquisition

Judge declines to halt Booz Allen's EverWatch acquisition

This antitrust case remains an unusual event in the government technology and services landscape.

IT Modernization

State Department issues $3.5B in EIS task orders

Verizon and BT Federal secure awards worth more than $1 billion each for work in overseas locations.

Defense

Air Force ready to take bids for $5.3B cyber tech vehicle

Unrestricted and small business pools are a feature in this procurement.

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.