Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog. We are on the way to averting another government shutdown, as well as easing some of the sequestration cuts with the new budget deal. In addition, the Pentagon is preparing for a major mobility roll out, while Engility just won a $4 billion Defense Threat Reduction Agency contract. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off. Happy Monday.
House Approves Budget Deal Aimed at Averting Shutdown
A federal budget plan that would remove the threat of a government shutdown for two years won easy approval from the Republican-controlled U.S. House last week.
How Will The Budget Deal Ease Sequestration?
How will the new budget deal affect sequestration? The full details won’t be known until Jan. 18, but experts say that the deal should ease about half of the scheduled budget cuts.
Defense Bill Leaves IT Management in Limbo
Armed Services Committee negotiators have agreed on a defense authorization bill for fiscal 2014, but the measure does not include provisions that would determine how the Defense Department handles business and IT management.
Budget Deal Slashes Amount Government Will Reimburse Contractors
The new budget includes a provision that will almost cut in half the amount the government reimburses contractors for top-level employee salaries.
Pentagon Preps For Large-Scale Mobile Rollout
In less than a month, the Pentagon is expected to roll out initial capabilities for centrally managing its growing inventory of smartphones and tablet computers.
Air Force Strengthens CIO Role
Air Force leaders are making some changes in order to bring the service’s IT under centralized governance, including adding decision-making powers to the CIO position.
DARPA Crowdsources Bug-Spotting Games
DARPA has launched five different puzzle games to test whether players can spot mathematical flaws in open-source code used by the Defense Department.
Engility Wins Position on $4 Billion Multi-Award Contract to Support R&D on Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction
Congratulations to Engility for being selected as a prime contractor on a $4 billion multi-award contract awarded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
Doug Wagoner Promoted to SAIC Sector President
Doug Wagoner, who helped carry out the separation between SAIC and Leidos, has been promoted to sector president at SAIC.
Booz Allen Brings On Former Pentagon Spokesman
Former Pentagon spokesman George Little joined Booz Allan Hamilton as vice president for marketing and communication.
ManTech Names Paul T. Gentile Senior Vice President of Cyber Solutions Business Unit
ManTech has named Paul T. Gentile senior vice president of its Mission, Cyber & Intelligence Solutions (MCIS) Group Cyber Solutions business unit.
Raytheon to Complete Electronics on “Most Technologically Advanced Surface Combatant in Naval History”
Raytheon has been awarded $75 million contract to finish building hardware and other electronics for the first two ships in the U.S. Navy‘s Zumwalt class of destroyers, which is being called “the most technologically advanced surface combatant in naval history.”
Mars One Plans Unmanned 2018 Mission in Deal with Lockheed Martin
Mars One, the project that aims to put a group of colonists on Mars in 2025, has partnered with Lockheed Martin for an exploratory mission in 2018.
U.S. Army Awards BAE Systems Key Role Supporting Missile Defense Programs
The U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems to provide a range of services to support space and mission defense as part of an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract worth as much as $220 million over three years.