Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog. With many in the DC Metro area suffering from long-term power outages last week, plus the July 4th holiday falling on Wednesday, it was difficult to get fully ramped up into work mode. Well, now’s the time to get fully back into the game. Thankfully, we have assembled all the actionable news you need to be the best government and contracting professionals possible. Happy Monday.
New Rule Could Force Inexperienced Contractors Onto Agency Projects
An agency could potentially be working with inexperienced employees when a new contractor takes over a job, if a new rule goes into effect.
Federal Agency Buyout Watch
The roster of federal agencies offering buyouts or early outs continues to grow, and Government Executive has provided a full list here.
IT Jobless Rates Are Half the National Average
The unemployment rate among IT professionals remains at about half of the national average – at 4.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Dice Report. What does this mean for contractors selling IT solutions to government?
VA Halts Job Downgrades
In response to protests, the Veterans Affairs Department has delayed its effort to downgrade the jobs of patient support assistants, housekeepers and other support staff, according to the American Federation of Government Employees.
Agencies to Receive Plain-Language Report Cards
Under 2010’s Plain Language Act, federal agencies are required to “write all new publications, forms and publicly distributed documents in a ‘clear, concise, well-organized’ manner.” As such, the Center for Plain Language is determined to enforce clarity by preparing to issue report cards on the government’s use of easier-to-understand vernacular.
Booz Allen, CACI Win Navy Metrics Work Worth $240 Million
Booz Allen Hamilton and CACI-CMS will provide the Navy with change management, barrier identification and removal, and key enterprise performance metrics under five-year contracts that have a ceiling value of $119.2 million for Booz Allen and $121.4 million for CACI-CMS.
QinetiQ Provides Tech Expertise for Navy Combat Program
QinetiQ North America will provide engineering and technical management support to the Navy under a three-year contract worth $9.9 million, according to a July 5 Defense Department announcement.
TASC Gains Place on GSA’s MOBIS Schedule
TASC Inc. will offer government agencies professional business services and support, having been awarded a Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) schedule contract from the General Services Administration.
Lockheed Gets Approval of Next F-35 Production Contract
Lockheed Martin received approval for a sixth production contract of F-35 aircraft, the Pentagon’s largest weapons program.