Introducing AcquiTivity®

 L2NL launched AcquiTivity®  this week as an online product -- a daily, curated forum designed for the government acquisition community to provide information, encourage discussion, and capture the perspectives of participants in all segments of the industry.

Our mission is to openly engage members of our community, using AcquiTivity® as an enabler, so that current, relevant topics are more fully understood. We will foster discussions that inform, illuminate, and lead to solutions that having a positive impact on the way the Federal Government does business and the way the contractors perform their contracts.

Check out our extensive library of current articles in NEWS, and start your own conversation in the IDEA BOARDS. Login or create an account first at the REGISTRATION PAGE. Don’t miss HIGHLIGHTED CONTENT, and please respond to our invitation to comment on some of the community’s most talked about topics.

  AcquiTivity® -- where the discussion happens!

 

L2NL Certified as WBE by WBENC

We completed the certification process with the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE).  The WBNEC granted the certification that "affirms the business is woman-owned, operated and controlled." 

 

 

 

Corporate Move to Charleston, South Carolina

L2NL completed a planned relocation of the corporate office from Huntsville, AL, to Charleston, SC and is now a South Carolina corporation!  We continue to support clients in Alabama, as before, and look forward to working from our new location.  Like Huntsville, Charleston has a vibrant and growing technology sector and we are active in organizations in the local area such as the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA), Women in Defense (WID), and Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

NASA Organization Development and Coaching

This month we are beginning our coaching services for NASA as part of a much broader, organization-wide program under the NASA multiple-award, IDIQ contract titled Organization Development and Coaching.  We are excited to be part of the team that will help NASA with vital services that include organization development, facilitation, team building, strategic planning and implementation, and coaching.

Offering Information Services, a Natural Fit

Our work over the past two years almost invariably pointed us to a need for integrating strategy and enterprise information systems.  The management team in L2NL has experience in managing information systems and it is a natural fit for us to open a line of business focusing on information systems.  We offer market-leading services, focusing on IT professionals in cyber security, network operations, and Enterprise solutions, including Oracle, SAP and Salesforce implementations and upgrades.

Responding to Threats in a Constrained Environment

Acquisition programs in the Department of Defense often seem interminable in length, but during the last several years, GAO has tracked a reduction in major defense acquisition programs from 98 in 2010 to 86 in their most recent report issued in March 2013.  These are the the most expensive programs, such as ships, aircraft and combat vehicles, totaling over $1.6 trillion.  While the number of programs has dropped, the cost has actually increased over the same period.  Given the current budgetary environment, what is the impact on the hundreds of other programs on the Acquisition Master List?  The Air Force, for example, listed over 450 programs on its master list in 2013.  Many of these programs will face cuts and restructuring.  How will it affect your programs?  

SourceAmerica Elects Carol Lowman to Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the election of Carol Lowman to the Board of Directors of SourceAmerica on March 13, 2013.  SourceAmerica is a national nonprofit agency that creates employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities through a national network of more than 550 nonprofit agency partners.  She previously served as a Presidential appointee on the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled.  "Throughout my career, I have been a strong supporter of programs that employ people with disabilities,"  Dr. Lowman remarked, "and I'm honored to have the opportunity to continue that support."  SourceAmerica provides products and services to the Federal Government, commercial businesses and government contractors. 

Innovation

GE has released their third annual "Global Innovation Barometer," which can be found here.  The survey for 2013 included over 3,000 executives across 25 countries. The results, presented by the GE Ideas Lab, are worth a review and are conveniently presented by country and in aggregate.  The key finding, as stated by the Ideas Lab intro, is that "talent is found to be key to innovation across the world."

NDIA Acquisition Symposium

Carol Lowman, L2NL, attended the NDIA Annual Acquisition Symposium on January 14, 2013 in New Orleans. She spoke on the topic of “Subcontracting Issues and Supply Chain Risk – Contracts and Acquisition Management,” discussing issues such as the current environment in the aerospace and defense community, subcontract commitments in a challenging budgetary environment, prime/subcontractor relationships, and the mitigation of supply chain risk.

Workforce Transformation

Carol Lowman, President, L2NL, participated as a panelist in the “Workforce Transformation: Getting the Team you Need,” panel at the 31st annual Government Contract Management Conference held November 5-6, 2012 in Washington, DC. The panel discussed the challenges associated with providing the current contracting workforce with the skills needed to succeed in the workplace of the future –- broad acquisition knowledge; excellent business and management acumen; and expertise in developing sound, efficient and cost-effective business solutions.