Newsletter - Quarter 3, 2018

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

We are putting the finishing touches on our new office in Herndon and planning an open house for our staff, business partners and clients interested in seeing the new digs. We are not sure how feasible the drive out the Dulles toll road is at the end of the day for the entire DMV-based staff, so Vella will be sending out a survey to gauge both the level of interest and the preferred timing.

The office is located within walking distance of the new Herndon Metro stop, which is scheduled to open in 2020 (time flies!). The space will accommodate up to 15 work spaces, for clients seeking contractor-site support. We also have expanded conference room facilities and flexible work areas for off-site meetings for all of you.

Ascella was recently awarded a new contract with HUD to provide operations, maintenance and development support for their Financial Data Mart (FDM) and Consolidated Financial Statement System. We are excited about this win and the possibilities it affords Ascella. Josh Shapiro successfully led our pursuit of this work, ably supported by Melissa Reed. With HUD now in hand, work with the Department of the Interior BSEE client restarted, and other projects continuing and in some cases expanding, we expect 2018 revenues will be around $18M, a 25% increase from 2017. Ascella was also awarded a prime spot on a highly competed agency-wide IDIQ called One IT for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This is a tremendous opportunity for all of us. With a number of key initiatives underway, we are looking forward to continued strong growth in 2019.

Amith Varghese

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: SEC OCIE NESS(NYRO)

Focus Update On New York-Based Team Members​
Since June 2017 Ascella has been assisting SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) in helping identify compliance and fraud issues among registrants.

MEET OUR SEC OCIE NESS PROJECT NEW YORK BASED TEAM

Ascella is proud to introduce the OCIE New York team efficiently supporting the National Exam Program under the guidance of Chris Stauffer and Priya Seth.

ASCELLA’S TIMEKEEPING POLICY

Timekeeping, why is it critical for Federal Contractors?
Full and accurate timekeeping is imperative for Federal contractors. All employees must accurately record hours each day, recording time spent on direct client work, as well as indirect activities (e.g., training or company meetings) and time spent on leave. This information is required to demonstrate that costs claimed have actually been incurred, and is regularly audited by the government.

ASCELLA’S NEW OFFICE

While waiting to schedule an open house, the pictures below provide a perfect overview of how spacious the new space is: four offices; six work stations; two conference rooms - both equipped with projectors and white boards; and a Pantry.


GETTING TOGETHER & GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

Volunteering with NPS (National Park Service) in Washington, DC​
The Washington, DC area is blessed with beautiful parks, monuments and museums, especially on and surrounding the National Mall. Millions of visitors each year stroll (or jog) along miles of paths to visit museums and monuments, to play and exercise, or just to walk to work.   As the nation’s custodian of all Federal parklands, the National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for keeping these spaces clean and beautiful.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Jimmy’s Running Streak reached 430 days!!!!!!
In late summer of 2017, I was overweight and in the worst physical condition. To get back into shape, I decided to start running. I had been a runner in my younger days, focusing on 3-4 medium to long runs per week (25-30 miles/week).

TIPS CORNER

The HR Team--ever interested in the health and well-being of Ascella staff--offers these 5 tips for avoiding weight gain during the holidays:
Source: www.healthline.com

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

In an unreasonable age, a peoples’ reason, let loose, can undo them.

- Lord Halifax (1881 -1959)