Monday Morning News Kick Off: One Month to Sequestration; Obama Threatens to Veto DoD Authorization; In-Q-Tel Model for Innovation and Much More - (Archived)

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  The countdown has begun. We are one month away from sequestration kicking in … will it happen?  Are you prepared?  The best way to stay afloat in these uncertain times is to be armed with knowledge.  Our weekly news summary aims to provide you with all the actionable news you need to kick start the workweek. Happy Monday!

Count Down to Sequestration:  One Month to Go
Per last year’s Budget Control Act, we are officially one month away from sequestration.

Obama Threatens to Veto DoD Authorization
The Obama administration is threatening to veto the Senate version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, because of a provision that would require funding cuts for the Defense Department’s civilian and contractor workforce on par with reductions for military personnel.

Senator Proposes Pay Freeze Through 2015
Federal employee unions are blasting a proposal to extend the federal pay scale freeze through 2015 and revamp pension benefits for new hires.

What Feds Are Thinking About the Workplace
Curious to know how government workers feel about their supervision, leadership and other work-related topics?  Check out the Office of Personnel Management’s “2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey” results here.

Technology Providers Fight Federal Information Technology Reform Act
A coalition of technology vendors demanded changes to the legislation that would overhaul the way agencies purchase information technology.

As Cyberwarfare Heats up, Allies Turn to U.S. Companies for Expertise
A Washington Post feature explains how U.S. allies are tuning to companies like Booz Allen for cyber support.

How In-Q-Tel Helps CIA Scout For Innovative Technology – A Model For Other Agencies?
In-Q-Tel, a non-profit investment arm of the Intelligence Community, is a model for how the government might stay better abreast of new technologies, according to AOL Government.

Lockheed Exec: Sequestration Would Have “Minimal” Impact on F-35 Program
Lockheed Martin’s CFO told investors last week that sequestration would have “minimal” impact on its F-35 fighter program.

New Boeing Drone That Can Cripple a Country’s Electronics
Boeing successfully tested  a drone that knocked out the computers of an entire military compound in the Utah desert.

Northrop Grumman to Cut 200 jobs at Two Sites
Citing proposed cuts to Pentagon spending, Northrop Grumman revealed plans to eliminate about 200 positions at two of its locations.

BAE Systems Gets $37.6 Million Contract For Military Vehicle Conversions
Congratulations to BAE Systems for securing a $37.6 million contract to provide the spare parts and kits needed to convert 250 RG33 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected or MRAP vehicles.

L-3 Communications Wins Air Force Contract for Training Systems
Congratulations to L-3 Communications for winning $22.6 million U.S. Air Force deal to supply aircrew training systems to the government of Iraq.

GTSI Subsidiary Wins IRS Contract
Congratulations to InSysCo, a subsidiary of GTSI, for winning a $90 million contract with the IRS.

CACI Completes Emergint Acquisition
CACI has closed on its acquisition of Emergint Technologies Inc., a health records management company, for an undisclosed sum.


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