Monday Morning News Kick Off: Navy to Cut 3,000 Shipyard Workers; Insights Into Agencies’ Sequestration Plans; and Lockheed Delivers Solid 4th Quarter Despite Budget Fears - (Archived)

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  The new sequestration deadline is nearly one month away.  As expected, the pall of uncertainty that clouded 2012 still lingers.  Be sure to check out this week’s Monday News Round Up, which features all of the latest sequestration news – as well as some good news about contract wins.  Happy Monday!

Navy to Cut More Than 3,000 Shipyard Workers

The Navy will cut more than 3,000 employees — almost 10 percent — from its shipyard workforce through a civilian hiring freeze and by laying off temporary workers. In addition to infrastructure maintenance cuts, the Navy will also reduce spending on information technology support, conferences and travel.

Poll: What Do You Know About Sequestration?

GovExec is polling government employees to gauge attitudes and agency plans regarding sequestration.

Facing Sequestration and Defense Cuts, Lockheed Gives Aggressive Guidance

Despite uncertainty over the future defense budget and the possibility of sequestration, Lockheed managed to deliver a decent fourth quarter.

DoD Budget Cuts Spark $2.1B Quarterly Loss At General Dynamics

General Dynamics lost $2.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, as slowing defense spending took a toll on its information technology business.

GAO Recommends Call to Action in IT Management

Government Accountability Office’s David A. Powner recently testified to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, urging federal agencies to implement major IT initiatives.

TSA Looking To Expand Analytics War Chest

The Transportation Security Agency is looking to search and analyze large streams of data from multiple sources as part of its investigations.

Can Feds Look to Private Sector For Innovation Inspiration?

Federal agencies have long taken cues from the private sector on tech-driven innovation. The challenge is in the translation, however — picking the best approach when profits are not the goal.

Does Counting Data Centers Miss the Point?

One of the key measurements of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative is how many data centers have been closed. But focusing on that as if it were the end in itself is a mistake, said U.S. CIO Steven VanRoeke.

‘Technophobic’ Washington Drags Down Government Innovation, Carly Fiorina Says

Because “Washington is filled with people who are somewhat technophobic,” government is not using technology as effectively as other sectors, said Carly Fiorina, the former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

U.S. Army Awards Northrop Grumman $37M For Arizona Drone Work

The U.S. Army has awarded defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. a $37 million contract for engineering work in Arizona for its Hunter drones.

Booz Allen Hamilton Wins $95.2 Million in Navy Contracts

Congratulations to Booz Allen for winning a $450 million contract from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

ManTech Wins Counterterror Contract Worth up to $33.5 Million

Congratulations to ManTech for winning a $33.5 million contract to provide scientific, engineering, technical and administrative support to the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO).

SAIC Introduces Proven Big Data Solutions To Commercial Markets

SAIC recently introduced Critical Insight™ Solutions, an end-to-end suite of big data optimization tools and expertise for large organizations looking to bring order and clarity from massive amounts of disparate data in real-time.

OPM Sets Delayed Opening for Washington Agencies Monday

Federal agencies in the Washington area will delay opening until noon on Monday, the Office of Personnel Management announced Sunday evening.


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