Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog. While many of us are taking time off during this holiday week, the reality is that government still needs to be fully operational – even during the dog days of the July 4th holiday. So, for all those government and contractor employees working this week, we have compiled all the actionable news you need to kick-start the workweek.
Washington-Area Agencies Open After Severe Weekend Storm
Federal agencies are open today in the wake of the severe storm that caused widespread power outages in the Washington area over the weekend, but non-emergency employees can take unscheduled leave or telework, the Office of Personnel Management announced Sunday evening.
DoD Asks Congress for Ability to Re-program $8 billion in Funds
Pakistan’s refusal to let NATO access its ports and roads into Afghanistan has cost the U.S. Defense Department more than $2.1 billion in extra transportation costs to move supplies and equipment in and out of the country.
DHS Outlines $202 Million Plan to Beef Up Cybersecurity
The Department of Homeland Security has outlined a $202 million program to arm federal agencies with new tools to continuously monitor their computer networks for security threats. Contracts for monitoring services will be awarded as early as next year.
Sharing Employees Could Ease Agency Cost Pressure
Agencies should share employees to help control costs, according to the Energy department’s departing chief human capital officer Mike Kane.
DHS Claims Strides in Cloud, Enterprise initiatives
The Homeland Security Department is making progress in instituting a suite of IT services built on cloud technology and enterprise infrastructure, designed to save money and cut down on duplicative systems, according to CIO Richard Spires.
Northrop Grumman Snags $782 Million Sole-Source Contract for Afghanistan Communications
The Air Force on Wednesday disclosed it had awarded a $782 million sole source contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. to continue operating an airborne communications relay system in Afghanistan through September 2015, pushing the total value of the project to $1.7 billion.
Booz Allen Awarded DOE Contract to Support Advanced Energy Research
Booz Allen Hamilton has been awarded a Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract – valued at $73.1 million — to support the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency.