Weekly News Kick Off: Congress Gaining More Cyber Oversight; Agencies Leaving IT Money On the Table; and DoD CIO Steps Down - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. The House is pushing back on a bill that would cut military subsidies, and a new report is out that federal agencies should be saving more money in their IT budgets.  In addition, ManTech makes an acquisition and Northrop Grumman wins a $90 million contract. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

House Panel Rejects Cuts In Military Benefits
Congress is saying “not so fast” to a Pentagon proposal to cut subsidies to military commissaries where service members and their families shop at a reduced cost, as well as other proposed changes to benefits.

Tech Council Blasts IT Acquisition Report
A group of tech industry heavy hitters say there are fundamental flaws in a GSA/Pentagon report on how to establish contractor cybersecurity baselines to protect government IT acquisitions.

Congress Eyes Pentagon Cyber Oversight
Congress would get greater oversight authority over DoD operations in cyberspace if language that a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee issued makes it into the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

Report: Agency IT Efforts Leaving Billions On The Table
Agencies could save billions of dollars above current efforts though five of their IT initiatives, according to a new study released April 28.

DoD CIO Takai To Step Down
DoD CIO Teri Takai stepped down from her position last week, after serving as the department’s top IT official since November 2010.

Federal Social Media Registry Looks to Expand
The General Services Administration’s federal social media registry allows those with a .gov or .mil email address to register federal accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and, soon, Instagram.

ICITE Shifts From Pilot to Planning
ICITE, the intelligence community’s burgeoning shared IT environment that aims to improve how agencies share mission-critical data among themselves and with partners, is moving from the pilot to planning stage.

Northrop to Build Marines’ IED Jamming Systems on Open Architecture
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a potential five-year, $90 million contract to build electronic jamming systems for the U.S. Marine Corps to protect troops from improvised explosive devices.

General Dynamics-Huntington Ingalls Team Awarded $18 Billion to Build Subs
General Dynamics Electric Boat subsidiary and Huntington Ingalls’ Newport News Shipbuilding will continue to jointly construct submarines for the U.S. Navy under a $17.6 billion contract.

Raytheon To Design ‘World’s Most Advanced Digital Radar’ For The Office Of Naval Research
Raytheon has been awarded an $8.5 million contract to design a highly advanced radar system for the Office of Naval Research.

BAE Systems to Maintain and Modernize U.S. Navy Ships in Hawaii
BAE Systems has received a multi-ship, multi-option (MSMO) contract from the U.S. Navy to repair, maintain, and modernize nine destroyers at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

DynCorp International and Family of Companies Hire Nearly 10,000 Veterans as Part of White House Joining Forces Initiative
DynCorp International announced that its family of companies has hired nearly 10,000 veterans since it began participating in the White House Joining Forces initiative.

ManTech to Buy 7Delta in Healthcare IT Push
ManTech International has agreed to purchase Columbia, Md.-based technology management contractor 7Delta.

DOJ Selects Palantir Software to Analyze Money Laundering Cases
The U.S. Justice Department has awarded Palantir a five-year, $9.9 million contract to provide software to federal investigators for collaboration and examining large-scale financial crime.


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