Monday News Kick Off: 2014 Government IT Budget Could Hit $110 Billion; Agency Furloughs; More Contractors than Troops; and Much More - (Archived)

Welcome to the Monday News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  The times are certainly interesting in the government sector these days.  We have agency furloughs happening while Obama’s proposed 2014 IT budget could hit $110 billion. On top of that, contractors are reportedly outnumbering troops in Afghanistan these days.  It’s enough to make one’s head spin.  Happy Monday!

Breaking Down The 2014 IT Budget Request

President Obama’s IT budget request for fiscal year 2014 could range as high as $110 billion, when Congress, the federal judiciary and small agencies that do not break out their IT spending are taken into account.

House Committee Plans Deep 2014 Spending Cuts

A new House Appropriations Committee plan proposes increasing defense spending next year by 5 percent and imposing severe cuts upon many non-defense agencies.

Five Percent of Federal Workforce Furloughed Friday as Agencies Shut Down

Roughly 117,000 federal employees were on leave without pay last Friday in the first major round of sequester-driven furloughs.

DoD IG: Sequester Impedes Oversight

The inspector general in charge of uncovering fraud and waste at the Pentagon says the sequester will hurt oversight work.

Obama to Seek Much Lower Cap on Contractor Exec Pay

Federal contractors would see sizable cuts in government reimbursements for employee salaries under draft legislation the White House plans to send Congress this week.

Defense Contractors Vastly Outnumber Troops in Afghanistan

For every U.S. service member serving in Afghanistan, there are 1.6 Defense contractors on the ground (and on the payroll) in supporting roles.

DISA Opens a Path For iOS and Android Devices In Military

The recent release of security guidelines for Android and iOS operating systems by the DISA opens the way for new devices in a market that has long been dominated by BlackBerry devices.

Amazon CIA Contract Protested

The 10-year, $600 million cloud computing contract between Amazon Web Services and the Central Intelligence Agency is under protest by one of the contract’s initial bidders.

Lockheed Martin Win $39.1 Million Shipboard Electronic Warfare Contract

Congratulations to Lockheed Martin for winning a $39.1 million contract modification with the U.S. Navy Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP).

Northrop Grumman Announces Significant Achievements in Diversity and Inclusion, Environmental Sustainability and STEM

Northrop Grumman released its 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report (CRR), which highlights the company’s broad commitment to the environment, STEM, diversity and much more.

Orange County, California Awards SAIC $102 Million Information Technology Services Contract

Congratulations to SAIC for winning a $102 million prime contract by the County of Orange, Calif. to provide IT managed services and solutions to agencies and departments within the county.

BAE Systems Lands U.S. Air Force Contract

Congratulations to BAE Systems for winning a $34 million U.S. Air Force contract to provide secure and reliable line-of-sight identification to distinguish friend from foe during missions.

Harris Corporation Receives $23 Million Order from Middle East Nation for Wideband Tactical Communications

Congratulations to Harris Corporation for winning a $23 million order from a country in the Middle East as part of its tactical communications modernization program.

L-3 Awarded $38.5 Million Contract to Supply SATCOM Terminals to the Australian Defense Force

Congratulations to L-3 for winning a $38.5 million contract from the Commonwealth of Australia to supply 51 HawkeyeIII Lite 1.2-meter Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs), as well as training and long-term sustainment services.

UNICOM Government, Inc. Joins Forces with IBM to Deliver Solutions to Federal, State and Local Agencies

UNICOM Government, formerly GTSI, just announced that it has been approved as an IBM Partner Solution Provider.

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