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Seri Irazola Joins Fors Marsh Group as Director of Public Policy Evaluation

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Sept. 7, 2017 — Fors Marsh Group (FMG) named Seri Irazola, Ph.D., as its new director of public policy evaluation. Dr. Irazola joins FMG from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where she served as the director of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE). In this capacity, she oversaw three research divisions that accounted for all social science research being funded and produced by the DOJ. "Seri is a powerful addition to the FMG team," said Dr. Sean Marsh, FMG’s chief executive officer (CEO). "Her deep experience in policy research and project management in the federal space enables FMG and our public policy team to help our clients create an impact in their respective areas.... more
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Fors Marsh Group Makes Inc. 5000 List for Fifth Consecutive Year

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ARLINGTON Va. — Sept. 6, 2017 – Inc. Magazine ranked Fors Marsh Group (FMG) No. 2,777 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, up from 4,840 in 2016. This is the fifth consecutive year FMG made the list. The Inc. 5000 list is an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. It takes a comprehensive look at America’s independent entrepreneurs and determines a company’s rank by examining percentage revenue growth over a three-year period. On this year’s list, FMG jumped to No. 2,777 after experiencing a 123% increase in revenue from 2013 to 2016, and adding 46 employees in 2016. "We are honored to be recognized for a fifth consecutive year as one of the fastest-growing U.S.-based companies on the 2017... more
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Fors Marsh Group to Conduct the 2017 State of the First Amendment Survey for the Newseum Institute

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First Amendment Survey for the Newseum Institute Fors Marsh Group, LLC (FMG), a Washington, D.C.-area research-based consultancy, has partnered with the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center to conduct the Institute’s annual State of the First Amendment (SOFA) survey. This year’s SOFA survey measures Americans’ knowledge of their core freedoms and samples their opinions about today’s First Amendment issues. "We are excited to partner with the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center," said Dr. Krysha Gregorowicz, public policy senior researcher at FMG. "FMG’s experience in survey development, sampling, and analysis positions us well to provide unique insight into the current state of the First Amendment in the United States. As a mass media and... more
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Fors Marsh Group Awarded GSA HCaTS Contract

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OCTOBER 14, 2016 — ARLINGTON, VA Fors Marsh Group LLC, an Arlington, VA-based, research & consulting firm, will now offer professional training and workforce performance improvement services to federal agencies under the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Human Capital and Training Services (HCaTS) contract schedule. "Since our founding, we have supported talent recruiting and retention, career development and management, and internal communication practices to allow organizations to positively impact morale and improve organizational effectiveness," said Ben Garthwaite, Senior Vice President. "This award was highly competitive and recognizes the diverse talents and capabilities of our team and our steadfast commitment to providing human capital services that make a difference." The HCaTS solution represents an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (MA-IDIQ) task order contract vehicle with an $11.5 billion... more
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These Findings About Voter Confidence Among Traditional Voters Can also Apply to UOCAVA Voters

news / military / featured / elections / voting
In the Washington Post’s 'Monkey Cage' blog, I coauthored a post on how effective election administration can improve voter confidence. This post was backed up by a wealth of research my academic colleagues and I have conducted on voter confidence and election administration over the years. Bottom line: from our many years of past research, we’ve found that most voters already are confident that their ballots are counted accurately – but "…that confidence can be improved or harmed by how state and local election officials manage elections". Election ballot Although our work has focused on traditional voting in polling places, the lessons learned from this research can be applied to the voting process for the overseas... more
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Fors Marsh Group (FMG) Awarded Federal Contract for Website User Experience Research

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The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has awarded Fors Marsh Group (FMG), LLC, a contract to conduct user experience research to improve the Commission’s website. FMG will evaluate the user experience of www.usitc.gov through a variety of different research methods, which include a heuristic evaluation, usability test with several audience segments, as well as a card sort to provide insight on the information architecture for the content. The research will result in findings and recommendations that aim to improve the navigation, content and features of the website for its constituents. "FMG understands the importance of this website as travelers, businesses and government leaders need to find information quickly and conduct online transactions seamlessly." said Dr. Sean Marsh, FMG’s Chief Executive Officer. "We are thrilled... more
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Fors Marsh Group (FMG) Awarded Contract for 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey

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Aug. 16, 2016 — The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has awarded Fors Marsh Group (FMG), LLC, a contract to conduct the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). FMG will administer, compile data and report on this biennial survey, working with each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, FMG will prepare the 2016 EAC Election Administration and Voting Survey Comprehensive Report. This report will explore many facets of the electoral process and voting technology. It will include sections on voter registration and recommendations related to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and to the voting participation of uniformed services members, their families and overseas citizens. "FMG... more
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FMG Moves Up AMA Gold Top 50 List to No. 44; Exceeds 20% Growth in 2015

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ARLINGTON, VA, June 21, 2016 – The American Marketing Association (AMA) named Fors Marsh Group, LLC (FMG)—a Washington, DC-area, research and consulting firm—as a top 50 market research firm in the 2016 AMA Gold Top 50 Report. This is the second year FMG made the list. Due to FMG’s 23% growth in 2015, the firm moved up six spots to No. 44. "Since we opened our doors in 2002, our focus has been to be a partner to our clients as they seek to make smart decisions through applied research," said Dr. Sean Marsh, chief executive officer of FMG. "Fifteen years later, our focus hasn’t changed; our growth has been made possible by an exceptionally qualified and passionate staff and loyal clients who understand the... more
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FMG Research Supports Launch of New #RealCostofSmokeless Campaign to Educate Rural Youth on the Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

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ARLINGTON, VA – May 5 2016– At the 8th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco, Fors Marsh Group (FMG) was on hand to support the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) expansion of its award-winning “The Real Cost” campaign. The expanded campaign, created by FDA in collaboration with Sensis Agency, will educate rural, white male teenagers about the negative health consequences associated with smokeless tobacco use. For the first time, nationally-televised messages on the dangers of smokeless tobacco use—including nicotine addiction, gum disease, tooth loss, and multiple kinds of cancer—are being highlighted through the placement of advertisements in 35 U.S. markets specifically selected to reach the campaign’s target audience. There is also a targeted digital component of the campaign that will reach youth in... more
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Fors Marsh Group Makes Inc. 500|5000 List for Third Consecutive Year

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Arlington, Va., September 2, 2015 – Inc. Magazine ranked Fors Marsh Group No. 4,285 on its 34th annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. This is the third consecutive year Fors Marsh Group (FMG) made the list. Inc 5000 Fors Marsh Group The 34th annual Inc. 5000 list takes a comprehensive look at America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names previously gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000. Compiled from percentage revenue growth over a three-year period, the 2015 list represents the most competitive group of privately-owned companies in Inc. 5000 history. As... more
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Fors Marsh Group Recognized in AMA Gold Top 50 Report

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ARLINGTON, VA – June 24, 2014 – The American Marketing Association (AMA), named Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG), a DC-area research and consulting firm, as a top 50 market research firm in its 2015 AMA Gold Top 50 Report, formerly the Honomichl Top 50 Report. This is the first time Fors Marsh Group debuts on the list, ranking at #50 overall for revenue out of the 192 U.S.-based, for-profit market research companies considered for the report. AMA Gold “Like many in the marketing research industry, we look forward to reading the Top 50 report each year,” said Dr. Sean Marsh, Partner and CEO of FMG. “We expect to see the biggest... more
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Fors Marsh Group Deepens Its Public Policy Research Expertise with New Subject Matter Expert

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April 23, 2015 – Fors Marsh Group (FMG) has broadened its public policy and election administration capabilities with the hiring of subject matter expert Dr. Thad Hall. Thad will be instrumental in continuing the strategic expansion of FMG’s public policy research capacity in support of clients such as the Department of Defense, Federal Voting Assistance Program, and National Institute of Standards and Technology. “We warmly welcome Thad as we continue to grow and diversify our team,” said Fors Marsh Group Chief Research Officer Brian Griepentrog. “Our growth is a direct response to the needs of our federal clients. Thad’s expertise in policy and election administration coupled with his superb consulting and research skill set will certainly benefit our clients. I look forward to Thad growing... more
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Fors Marsh Group Customer Loyalty Team Awarded 2015 SIOP Wiley Award

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February 27, 2015 –Fors Marsh Group’s GSA Customer Loyalty team members were recently awarded the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Wiley Award for Excellence in Survey Research for their work on the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Customer Loyalty Study (CLS). Recipients include Brian Griepentrog, Joseph Luchman, Sarah Keaton, Sean Marsh, Ronald Vega, and Kara Marsh. The SIOP Wiley Award for Excellence in Survey Research recognizes excellence and innovation in the design of employee or customer survey research methods or techniques, and also the use of survey results to impact organizational effectiveness and performance. As a whole, the GSA FAS CLS was an ideal candidate given its foundation in scientific survey methods, use of a well-designed and... more
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Fors Marsh Group Awarded 5-Year Department of Defense IDIQ Contract

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Arlington, Virginia – January 5, 2015 – Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG), a DC-area research and consulting firm, has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide research and consulting services to the U.S. Defense Human Resources Activity’s Joint Advertising, Market Research & Studies (JAMRS) Program. This 5-year contract went into effect in late December 2014 and has a ceiling of $49.8 million. Under the terms of this contract, Fors Marsh Group will provide a broad range of market research services, from the development of strategic and tactical advertising planning to the design and execution of a wide range of research efforts (surveys, experimental designs, quantitative and qualitative research, advertising evaluations, etc.). “JAMRS’ efforts are critical to the success... more
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Fors Marsh Group Announces Multiple-Year Contracts

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Arlington, Virginia - December 18, 2014 -Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG), a DC-area research and consulting firm, has been awarded a number of contracts in both the public and private sectors. As part of these new contracts, FMG will conduct behavioral research, program evaluation, and user experience studies for new and existing clients. New clients include the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), Citizens Bank, and and Anthem (formerly known as WellPoint). Recent Federal Contract awards include:
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)- Awarded new 5-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to conduct experimental economics research on... more
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FMG Awarded 5-Year BPA to Assist the IRS with Experimental Economics Research on Taxpayer Services

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Arlington, Virginia - October 1, 2014 - Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG), a DC-area research and consulting firm, has been awarded a five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Research with expertise in methods of experimental economics for use in estimating how various taxpayer services influence the level of taxpayer filing and voluntary compliance. ‘FMG is proud to announce this extension of our relationship with the IRS,' said Ben Garthwaite, senior vice president. ‘We've been a partner to the IRS for a number of years and this BPA will provide another opportunity for us to continue supporting the IRS' use of research to solve complex challenges and better serve taxpayers.' Under the BPA, FMG will conduct economic... more
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Fors Marsh Group Makes Inc. Magazine’s 5000 List for Second Year

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Arlington, Va., September 2, 2014 – Inc. Magazine ranked Fors Marsh Group No. 3,881 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy— America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, and Zillow gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000. Fors Marsh Group has the distinction of being ranked on the Inc. 5000 list for the past two years. “We are honored to be recognized for a second consecutive year as one of the fastest-growing U.S.-based companies by the Inc. 500|5000 list, and see it as validation of all the hard work by our team and the value our... more
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Fors Marsh Group Partner Leaves to Pursue New Opportunities

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Arlington, Virginia – July 16, 2014 – Fors Marsh Group (FMG) Chief Operating Officer and co-owner Jason Fors is leaving to explore other entrepreneurial ventures. Although a partial namesake of the company, once he departs, the Fors Marsh Group name and brand will remain intact. “Founding and growing Fors Marsh Group to become the successful company it is today has been the most rewarding endeavor of my life,” Jason Fors said. “I’m grateful to have worked with such an insightful leadership team and impressive group of employees. As a result of our rigorous research efforts and consulting, we’ve been able to provide information that helps clients shape policies and improve intricate programs. I am extremely confident FMG will continue expanding their offerings and reach in... more
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Fors Marsh Group Named to GSA OASIS SB Contract Vehicle

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Arlington, Virginia – May 20, 2014 –Fors Marsh Group (FMG) has successfully secured prime positions on two pools under GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Small Business (SB) program. These awards provide federal agencies access to professional services and fully integrated solutions across a variety of domains. The scope of OASIS spans many areas of expertise and is divided into the following Core Disciplines: Program Management Services, Management Consulting Services, Scientific Services, Engineering Services, Logistics Services, and Financial Management Services. Across the Multiple Award, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, awardees will have the opportunity to provide Government-wide professional services with a 10-year period of performance and a value of up to $60 billion. FMG was awarded prime contracts in both small business... more
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FMG Heads to the 69th AAPOR Conference in Anaheim

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Arlington, Virginia – May 14, 2014 –FMG employees will head to Anaheim for the 69th American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Conference at the Anaheim Marriott. This year's theme is “Measurement and the Role of Public Opinion in a Democracy.” The AAPOR conference features cutting-edge educational sessions, in-depth short courses, informal access to leaders in the field, and an informative exhibit hall with representatives from key service and product providers. For those headed to AAPOR, keep your eye out for FMG’s poster sessions and paper presentations: Eye Tracking the User Experience of a Smartphone and Web Data Collection Tool Jennifer Romano Bergstrom, Fors Marsh Group Michael Link, The Nielsen Company Kelly Bristol, The Nielsen Company The Impact of Deadlines on the Effectiveness of Incentives... more
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FMG Researchers Publish Research Evaluating the Validity of Key U.S. DoD Personnel Forecasting Measures

behavioral research / military research / survey research / youth / news
Arlington, Virginia – January 21, 2014 –Last week, past and present Fors Marsh Groupers Mike Ford, Jen Gibson, Brian Griepentrog, and Sean Marsh received word that their research entitled ‘Reassessing the Association of Intent to Join the Military and Subsequent Enlistment’ was accepted for publication in the Military Psychology. This is a great accomplishment for our research team and a significant contribution to the research literature. As many of you that follow the Fors Marsh Group blog know, intent to join the military, or propensity, is one of the primary ways the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) forecasts the military recruiting supply. Although propensity has consistently been found to be the single best predictor of actual enlistment decisions over the past few decades (1),... more
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FMG Awarded Multiple Contracts to Assist Government Agencies with Research Efforts

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Arlington, Virginia – October 13, 2013 – Fors Marsh Group has been awarded multiple contracts to assist in the quantitative, qualitative, and usability research efforts for the following agencies: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), , U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Market Research Services

--FMG was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to assist the CFPB in conceptualizing, developing, deploying, conducting, and analyzing a range of CFPB research to create, provide, and support CFPB’s work with, including but not limited to, consumers, financial institutions and other entities. Market research services will include both quantitative and qualitative consumer research. In addition to FMG serving as... more

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Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies: FMG Makes the List

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Arlington, Virginia – August 22, 2013 –Inc. Magazine today ranked Fors Marsh Group No. 2,235 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Fors Marsh Group joins LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list. In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an... more
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FMG Receives DIACAP National Security System Certification

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Arlington, Virginia – January 28, 2013 –Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG) announced today that the IT infrastructure necessary to support ongoing Department of Defense (DoD) personnel research has received Authority To Operate (ATO) in compliance with the United States Department of Defense (DoD) security and risk management requirements, as tested and verified by the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). DIACAP certification is an intensive and stringent requirement for all information technology systems that operate on a DoD network. Federal and state agencies throughout the United States also rely on a DIACAP certification as a benchmark for internal security standards and as an assurance that a given system can be depended upon for internal use. “This certification is another important marker... more
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Fors Marsh Group Awarded Task Orders from FVAP and CFPB

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Arlington, Virginia – January 15, 2013 –Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG) recently announced they were awarded multiple task orders by both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). Under the CFPB task orders, the FMG research team will be responsible for analyzing mortgage loan application data for multiple financial institutions. The results of this analysis will assist the CFPB’s on-going work to provide oversight and enforcement of federal fair lending laws. For FVAP, a longstanding client of FMG’s, our research team will work on two task orders to better assist the military and overseas voters exercise their right to vote. The FVAP Data Analysis Project requires that FMG analyze the operational environment and data collected in association with a... more
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Fors Marsh Group Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Arlington, Virginia – November 15, 2012 – Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG), a DC-area research and consulting firm, today celebrates their 10th Anniversary. Founded by Jason Fors and Sean Marsh in 2002, Fors Marsh Group has made great strides over the past decade offering expansive research services to public and private sector clients. FMG is currently assisting over 25 clients and continues to grow at an impressive rate. “To think that an idea we had in 2002 would translate to the company we have today in 2012 is nothing short of remarkable,” said Jason Fors, COO of Fors Marsh Group. “With a staff of almost 70 incredibly invested employees, an ever-expanding client roster, and a recent expansion into a phenomenal new work space in Arlington,... more
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Fors Marsh Group Awarded GSA MOBIS Contract

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Arlington, Virginia – January 31, 2011 –Fors Marsh Group was recently awarded a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) 874-3 contract. MOBIS is a contracting mechanism by which Fors Marsh Group’s professional services can be accessed quickly and economically. Similar to an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, MOBIS was created by GSA to enable streamlined procurement from prequalified contractors. “This MOBIS contract marks another important milestone in the growth of our company,” said Dr. Sean Marsh, Fors Marsh Group partner. “We provide a full range of research services to our government and commercial clients, and this award is a logical extension of our activity. We look forward to better serving our existing Federal clients and welcome the opportunity to... more
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