Category: Insights




October 18, 2018 – XLA and Missing Link Security (MLS) are pleased to announce that The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), has awarded the Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) Support Services to Team XLA-MLS. The ISSO Support Services is a five-year contract (base year, with four one-year options).


NARA is the nation’s record keeper and it is an independent agency established in 1934 to identify, protect, preserve, and make publicly available the historically valuable records of all three branches of the Federal government.  Archives locations in 17 states, from coast-to-coast, protect and provide public access to millions of records and provide Federal agencies superior records storage, access, and disposition services through a national network of facilities.


Together, Team XLA-MLS along with SiloSmashers as a subcontractor, brings a thorough understanding of NARA’s architecture, strategic priorities, and prudent emphasis on fiscal discipline, while maintaining a relentless focus on organizational transformation. Our Team brings years of knowledge and experience serving as subject matter experts in the information system security arena, having built and delivered many of the mission-critical services and modules used within enterprise security management systems.


Since 2007, XLA has supported NARA in providing Cybersecurity services in support of Chief Information Security Officer and performing Authorization & Accreditation, vulnerability assessment, Incident Response, policy development and review, annual training development, phishing, systems administration, and security engineering support services. XLA has also supported NARA projects such as Enterprise Architecture (EA), Data Model Management, IT Project Management, Information Systems Test, and Configuration Management for many of the enterprise-wide initiatives.


“We are extremely elated to receive this ISSO contract award and our Team looks forward to providing support to NARA,” states Asim Malik, Director, Programs and Technical Solutions at XLA. “This is a significant award with critical mission support activities enabling XLA to expand our presence into areas which require high-level clearances and we are honored to have the opportunity to provide NARA with our ISSO expertise.”

XLA Awarded ‘Innovative Government Contractor’ by RecongizeDC

XLA Awarded ‘Innovative Government Contractor’ by RecongizeDC


On October 4th, 2018 XLA was awarded by the RecognizeDC GovCon Summit for Innovation and Insights Driving Government Contracting.  This exclusive list acknowledges XLA for its consistency in delivering innovative strategies to government clients and remaining agile to new market trends. The award also honors XLA’s commitment to high-quality, responsive, and cost-effective solutions, as proven by consistent growth and repeat customers.   The organization tailors services in response to their clients’ multi-faceted challenges.  XLA’s service areas include Law Enforcement Mission Support and Business Capabilities, Cyber Security and Information Assurance, Call Center Services & Analytics, Acquisition Strategy, and International & Humanitarian Deployment.


XLA is honored to be nominated and delighted to be a recipient of the Innovative Government Contractor award from the 2018 GovCon Summit,” said Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Cynthia Andrews.  “We pride ourselves on being able to continually break the mold in such a competitive market space through XLA’s exceptional client relationship management, talent acquisition strategies, company culture & morale.” 


XLA is headquartered in Vienna, VA and has multiple prime contract vehicles including, DHS EAGLE II, GSA IT70 and Blanket Purchase Agreements with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Company continues to strive for excellence and will continue to work tirelessly to provide innovative solutions to their government clients.

Gary Slack, CEO and President named Top 25 Exec by WashingtonExec

Gary Slack, CEO and President of XLA was recently selected by Washington Exec as a Top 25 GovCon Exec to Watch in 2018 which includes Top Execs from companies like Leidos, Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture Federal Services. Under Gary’s guidance, XLA continues to grow core competencies and leverage deep customer understanding to support the federal government. Washington Exec acknowledges, “[Gary] improved business operations by aligning processes for business development, to recruiting, to pricing, to human capital delivery. He’s strengthened [XLA’s] financial position by delivering above-average bottom line results and re-building a viable pipeline of business opportunities.” In addition, Gary has been able to streamline operations all while adding capabilities in the areas of data analytics and cybersecurity.


Gary noted, “It’s an honor to be recognized as a Top 25 GovCon Exec to watch…my success is a direct result of your success…I view this as a testament to the hard-working men and women in our company who go to work every day in support of our clients, both inside and outside our business.”


Since Gary’s arrival in January of 2016, XLA’s culture has received numerous acknowledgments as well. In December of 2017, XLA was named by Comparably as a Top 50 Company in the following categories:


  • Best Company for Teams
  • Best Company Leadership
  • Best Company for Diversity
  • Best Company for Women


XLA is an award-winning government services provider with 250+ employees both domestically and internationally. We provide leading professional services and technical solutions to Federal Civilian & Homeland Security along with multiple other Federal Government agencies. Our theme to “Engage, Embrace and Drive” means engaging with stakeholders, embracing company objectives and driving company performance to the highest level.