Monday News Kick Off: Sequestration ‘Devastates’ Military Readiness; Gov Execs More Productive with Mobile Solutions; and New Federal Media and Marketing Study Launches this Week - (Archived)

Welcome to the Monday news kick-off post from the FedPulse blog.  Sequestration news still dominates the news cycle, but there was one shining light: the Pentagon awarded a $900 million contract to 15 companies.  In addition, we have a big week ahead of us with the release of the 2013 Federal Media and Marketing Study.  Happy Monday!

DoD Comptroller: Sequestration Devastates U.S. Military Readiness

During a Senate hearing last week on Obama’s $9.5 billion military construction budget request for fiscal 2014, Defense Department Comptroller Robert F. Hale said the budget cuts imposed by sequestration are devastating the U.S. armed forces.

Lawmaker Tells Commerce to Avoid National Weather Service Furloughs

A lawmaker urged senior leadership within the Commerce Department to reprogram agency funds to help avoid furloughs at the National Weather Service.

Fear of Audits Could be Holding Back Real IT Security

The issue of understanding and managing IT risk takes, and fear of audits, could be holding back true IT security efforts for agencies.

New Poll Provides Candid Insights Into Government’s Use of Mobile Solutions

A new Market Connections-FierceGovernment IT PulsePoll™ shows that federal employees believe mobile devices make them more productive.

FirstNet Stands Up Oversight Committee

The First Responders Network Authority board approved bylaw changes that will allow creation of a special review committee to investigate concerns brought up by board member and Story County, Iowa Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald.

NOAA Seeks Comment on 5-Year R&D Plan

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking public input on the plan that will govern its research and development decisions over the next five years.

Satellite Phones Obsolete; DISA Looking For a New, Secure Capability

With some Iridium satellite phones in use by the military now more than 15 years old and going out of production, DISA has issued a Request for Information to procure a Follow-On Secure Handset (FOSH).

Executive Order Makes Open Data The New Normal

President Obama issued an executive order May 9 to require civilian agencies to produce data in open, machine-readable form to promote public access and commercial use.

Fifteen Companies Share $900 Million Navy SPAWAR Award

Congratulations to the 15 companies, which includes BAE Systems, Booz Allen, Engility and Lockheed Martin, who won a $900 million Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR) contract.

DHS’ Richard Spires Resigns As CIO

Richard Spires has resigned from his post as chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Lockheed Martin Releases Enhanced Search And Rescue Service For General Aviation Community

Lockheed Martin announced that updates to its Flight Services (LMFS) automation system and Pilot Web Portal would make general aviation safer and more convenient.

Engility Wins $400 Million Clean Energy IDIQ Contract to Provide Technical Assistance in Developing Countries

Congratulations to Engility for being selected as a prime contractor to support the U.S. Government’s multi-million dollar Clean Energy IDIQ contract for Critical Priority Countries (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen).

SAIC Sells Tysons HQ to Meridian Group

SAIC recently announced plans to sell its Tysons campus to the Meridian Group, a Bethesda-based real estate company.

Boeing, BAE Partner to Update Chinook Helicopters

Boeing is partnering with BAE Systems to provide Boeing’s Chinook heavy-lift helicopters with a fly-by-wire capability by 2018.

Harris Corp. Receives $40 Million Order to Provide Tactical Radios

Congratulations to Harris Corporation for receiving a $40 million order for Falcon tactical radios from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

Thermopylae Sciences & Technology Named “Best Place to Work”

Congratulations to Thermopylae Sciences & Technology for being named a “Best Place to Work” by WBJ.  Be sure to check out our exclusive Q&A with AJ Clark, Thermopylae’s President, here.

Federal Media and Marketing Study 5th Anniversary Breakfast and Briefing

Don’t miss out on this year’s Federal Media and Marketing Study breakfast briefing on May 16.  Tickets are selling fast!

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