Welcome to the Monday morning news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog. The combination of the MLK holiday and the Presidential inauguration make today very special in Washington, DC. Though underneath today’s celebrations lie the ongoing feeling of uncertainty due to the pending budget cuts. Be sure to check out all of the sequestration news and much more in this week’s news round up. Happy Monday!
Want to Follow Today’s Inaugural Activities? There’s an App for that
The 57th Presidential Inaugural Committee unveiled the first-ever official inauguration smartphone app this week for iOS and Android platforms.
House GOP Seeing Sequester, Not Debt Ceiling, as Fight to Pick
Republicans appear to be willing to avoid a showdown over the debt limit and instead use the sequester as their main negotiating lever in upcoming fiscal fights with the White House and Senate Democrats.
Military Fears Dark Times Ahead
Military Services to Freeze Hiring, Lay Off Temps, Prep for Furloughs
The Defense Department is freezing civilian hiring, laying off temporary workers, considering furloughs for hundreds of thousands of civilian employees, and cutting back on contracts to prepare for the likelihood of severe budget reductions this year.
Lockheed Martin Workers Worried About Layoffs, Budget Cuts
Lockheed Martin employees in Fort Worth, Texas are worried about uncertain times ahead.
SRA International Holds off on Layoffs
SRA International is sparing the 222 Arlington employees it thought it would have to cut after losing a major contract with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Here’s How Some Agencies Use Social Media to Communicate
Federal Times profile of how agencies are using social media for enhanced communications efforts.
Army Wants Software Libraries for Combat-Vehicle Training
The Army is on the lookout for software tools that could help train soldiers to operate a number of its most powerful combat vehicles.
Feds Will Give 11 States $1.5 Billion to Develop Health Insurance Marketplaces
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 11 states would receive nearly $1.5 billion in Exchange Establishment Grants to build insurance marketplaces as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
CIO Council to Agency IT Shops: Get Smart on Social Media and Open Government
Every federal agency’s information technology shop should include workers with expertise in social media, open government and cloud computing, according to the CIO Council.
DARPA Takes Multipronged Approach to Securing Military’s Cloud
The core of the Defense Department’s plans to reduce its 1,500 data centers to “a number far below that” is implementing a secure, coherent and consistent computer cloud network architecture.
Northrop Grumman to Host Industry Day in Support of its Air and Missile Defense Radar Program Offering
Northrop Grumman is seeking innovative U.S.-based defense electronics suppliers interested in supporting its open architecture for the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program.
CACI Awarded Prime Position On $899 Million Multiple-Award Contract To Provide Battlespace Awareness Support To U.S. Navy
Congratulations to CACI International for being selected as one of seven prime contractors to support battlespace awareness services for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic.
Booz Allen EVP, Civilian Lead Jimmy Henry to Retire
Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President Jimmy Henry has informed the company he intends to retire as of April 1.
SAIC Recognized by USO-Metro as Multi-Year ‘Center Sponsor’ of USO Fort Meade Center
SAIC has been recognized by the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) as a multi-year ‘Center Sponsor’ in support of the operation of the USO Center at Fort Meade, which serves troops and their families living in the Washington-Baltimore region.