Category: Insights

5-16-16 – XLA Volunteers at 26th Annual KEEN Golf Classic

5-16-16 – XLA Volunteers at 26th Annual KEEN Golf Classic


May 16th, XLA employees volunteered at the KEEN Golf Classic held at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD. XLA had a total of 15 volunteers help work the event performing a wide range of tasks to make sure the event ran smoothly. The annual KEEN Golf Classic brings together community and sponsor volunteers with the parents of many KEEN athletes. The day was filled with fun, friends, and fundraising. The event started out with a brunch buffet at 11:00am before contestants began the tournament scramble at 12:00pm. After a long day on the course, golfers had a chance to get off their feet and share stories from the day at the awards dinner and participate in a silent and live auction.


XLA’s volunteer support helped KEEN Greater DC raise over $225,000. This was the 26th annual golf tournament hosted by KEEN Greater DC, and the third tournament in which XLA volunteered. The KEEN Golf Classic is the largest fundraiser of the year and the backbone to support KEEN athletes and activities throughout the year. In addition to the annual golf tournament, XLA participates in the KEEN Fest every year, as well as KEEN’s annual Fund an Athlete program. We at XLA take pride in being a corporate sponsor for KEEN Greater DC and look forward to many years to come.


KEEN Greater DC (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) is a volunteer-led nonprofit — 501(c) (3) — organization that provides one-on-one sports and recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families or caregivers. KEEN Greater DC’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence and talents of young people with profound disabilities through non-competitive programs allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. KEEN also seeks to increase each young person’s ability to participate in a broader range of recreational activities and environments. To learn more visit the KEEN Greater DC website at


5-4-16 – XLA Welcomes New Executive To Corporate Staff

5-4-16 – XLA Would Like To Welcome The Newest Executive To Our Corporate Staff, Lynne Celia.


Lynne will be serving as our Senior Vice President of Strategic Capture and Innovation responsible for leading and growing XLA’s Commercial Consulting Business Practice through program management, capture, and organic growth. Lynne brings an array of subject matter expertise in the areas of Business Development, Project Planning, Information Technology, Financial Analysis, and Business Analytics in the GovCon, Non-Profit, and Consulting arenas.  Her leadership and coaching experience has proven successful in solving even the most difficult client’s technology and financial challenges, where she was able to simultaneously manage large teams through complex IT and business systems integrations.  Lynne’s ability to develop meaningful internal and external partnerships with both existing and new customers will be an invaluable asset to the organization as we grow.


We are very happy to have Lynne join XLA – Welcome to the team!


4-27-16 – XLA Awarded JIDA Task Order

4-27-16 – XLA awarded six month sole-source task order with the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA)

XLA is proud to announce it has been awarded a six (6) month sole-source task order against their GSA Professional Services Schedule with the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Agency (JIDA) for Mission Support Services. For more than seven years XLA has directly assisted with the maturing of acquisition, configuration management, administrative processes and core procedures, helping JIDA leadership to focus efforts on the war fighter on the ground.


JIDA continues to lead our nation’s defense efforts against improvised explosive devices and threats. As recently as 2014, JIDA expanded its mission to also include the identification, coordination, and advocacy of efforts to defeat improvised threats. In 2016 the Department of Defense formally announced JIDA’s transition and organizational realignment under the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) which is expected to be complete by October 1, 2016. It is this expanded mission and alignment under DTRA that sets the authority for JIDA to focus on these improvised threats. In addition to IEDs, JIDA will turn its attention to tactics and techniques used by the enemy to create new and effective improvised threats. The agency may require improvements to human analysis, technology to capture and track people through social media, capabilities to defeat advanced wireless signals, and increased response to neutralize homemade explosives from remote platforms.


During this transition period, JIDA identified several critical mission-support contractor services to continue, specifically in the functions of program management, acquisition life cycle services, configuration management, and administrative and organizational effectiveness support. Since 2009, XLA has staffed JIDA with seasoned and experienced individuals with the ability to work independently and provide quick reaction to the challenges and risks that JIDA faces daily.