Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced a new federal IT procurement bill, while a new trio of cybersecurity bills aims to strengthen information sharing at DHS. In addition, BAE Systems won a big geospatial data management contract from the NGA. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off. Happy Monday.
Bipartisan IT Procurement Overhaul Bill Unveiled
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill that would restructure federal IT procurement by establishing a pilot program in the Office of Management and Budget to review select projects for cost overruns.
House Passes DHS Cyber Bills
The House passed a trio of cybersecurity bills that would enhance information sharing and strengthen the cyber workforce at the Department of Homeland Security.
Feds Are Feeling More Out of Touch With Their Managers
Employee satisfaction with communication from agency leaders has declined steadily in the past four years, the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service recently reported.
NASA Seeks Input on Data Center Consolidation Strategies
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center wants to look at options for replacing or supplementing existing data centers with more energy-efficient options.
DARPA Moves Ahead on Protecting Military Wireless Networks
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to launch Phases 2 and 3 of its Wireless Network Defense program, which seeks to secure networks by gaining better control over them.
DHS-Funded ‘SWAMP’ Helps Scour Code For Bugs
A new cloud-based platform from DHS called SWAMP is offering free secure coding tools for developers in government, enterprises, academia, and is gaining commercial attention.
VA to Enhance Collaborative Tech For Employees
The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to connect health care personnel across the entire VA service network in an effort to reduce duplication and promote forward-thinking learning interventions.
Navy Planning to Put Laser Weapons on Helicopters
Taking the next step in the development of fielded directed energy weapons, the Navy is looking to put laser guns into the air aboard helicopters.
BAE Awarded $335 Million to Support NGA GEOINT Data Infrastructure
BAE Systems has won a $335 million contract to help the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) manage a system for collecting, maintaining and utilizing GEOINT data sources and products.
Acentia Subsidiary Extends IT Services Work for NOAA Office
An Acentia subsidiary has won a five-year, $97.2 million contract to provide satellite mission operations and maintenance support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Leidos to Help CDC Maintain Infection Tracking System
Leidos has been awarded a potential five-year, $44 million task order to support a web-based infection surveillance system at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Unisys to Support Defense Department’s Data Center
Unisys will provide support services to a Defense Department data center in Utah for areas such as enterprise resource planning, database management and administration under a potential $28 million contract.
Serco to Help Navy Assemble Medical Systems
Serco will assemble and refurbish deployable medical systems to support the U.S. Navy’s healthcare services for warfighters and humanitarian workers worldwide under a potential five-year, $22.7 million contract.