Monday Morning News Kick Off: Panetta Warns of Severe Reductions; Feds to Attend Fewer Events; USPS Going Digital and Big Contract Wins - (Archived)

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  Although delayed, sequestration is still top-of-mind, with the DoD warning of grounding military aircraft and ships, and much more.  But as always, there are plenty of new, noteworthy contract wins.  So, it’s not all that bad – we think.  Check out the weekly news round up and give us your take.  Is the sky really falling?

Pentagon Issues Guidance to ‘Mitigate’ Budget Uncertainty
Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter instructed Pentagon managers to prepare specific actions in case Congress and the White House fail to enact a new budget deal.

Panetta Warns of Severe Reductions in Operations if March Sequester Occurs
The U.S. Defense Department is preparing to ground military aircraft and call ships back to port should the Pentagon get hit with nearly $50 billion in budget cuts in March.

Poll: Feds Expect to Attend Fewer Events This Year
The recent Market Connections study about federal employees’ event attendance in 2013 was covered in GovExec.

GSA Chief plans 10 Strategic Sourcing Efforts by 2015
The General Services Administration intends to launch 10 strategic sourcing initiatives in the next two years by targeting a range of products and services that all agencies use.

The FCC Plans to Boost Power of Wi-Fi
The Federal Communications Commission plans to boost the unlicensed spectrum allocated to Wi-Fi by 35 percent to support speeds in the gigabit range, roughly double today’s standards.

Federal’s New Killer App – Why Dashboards Matter More Than Ever
Dashboards that combine important metrics for all of an agency’s disparate networks and systems will be the new ‘killer app’ in 2013.

Telework Could Slow Baby Boomer Retirements
Telework is playing a big factor in many retirement-eligible federal employees deciding to stay in their jobs – giving agencies an even longer window to capture their knowledge and expertise.

USPS Continues to Explore Digital Services
The USPS Office of the Inspector General recently released a new whitepaper detailing e-government possibilities for the agency.

Raytheon Awarded a Further JAGM-Development Contract
Congratulations to Raytheon for being awarded a contract “to develop and deliver a next-generation guidance section” for the continued technology development (CTD) phase of the proposed Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM).

General Dynamics Wins Saudi Tank Contract
Congratulations to General Dynamics Land Systems for being contracted by the U.S. Army to build 69 M1A2S Abrams tanks as part of a U.S. Foreign Military Sales agreement between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

ManTech Makes Health IT Move
ManTech International Corp. has acquired Alta Systems Inc. in a deal that brings the company new health IT and professional services capabilities.

Booz Allen, SAIC, URS, WBB Win Navy Program Management, IT Services IDIQ
The U.S. Navy has awarded four companies positions on a contract where they will compete to provide the branch with program management and information technology programming and governance services.

BAE Systems to Provide Software Engineering Support for U.S. Army Intelligence Systems
Congratulations to BAE Systems for winning a contract to provide software engineering for U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

Harris Corporation Receives $7 Million Radio Order
Congratulations to Harris Corporation for securing a $7 million order for falcon tactical radios from U.S. Special Operations Command.

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