Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. The end of the fiscal year is upon us, which means Congress is looking at funding to get us through the end of the year (or at least the mid-term elections). No surprise for September, the news this week has been full of contract awards—too many to list here. Amid funding stories and contract wins, a few other interesting things have made the headlines this week as well. Enjoy!
Congress Approves Stopgap Spending Bill
The government will be funding through December 11, thanks to a spending bill the House and the Senate passed last week. The bill sets up Congress for a spending fight or another short-term fix in a lame duck session after the fall elections have been decided.
Kicking off the New Fiscal Year with a Cybersecurity Summit
Cybersecurity remains a top concern for the government. The Washington Post is kicking off Cybersecurity Awareness Month by hosting a Cybersecurity Summit on Oct. 1, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Policy, industry and agency leaders will share the latest in cybersecurity and defense. Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the Cybersecurity and Policy Research Institute at George Washington University, is sponsoring the half-day event.
Pricing Information Posted on Hacker News Site
In case there is any doubt that cybersecurity deserves its spot as a critical issue, this week federal pricing information for software and services sold by a big-data company known for its relationships with the CIA and the National Security Agency made its way onto a social news website for hackers. A report on the open-source Public Intelligence website said the information was posted on Hacker News on Sept. 17.
Boeing, SpaceX Win NASA Commercial Space Transportation Contracts
NASA has made its highly anticipated announcement of which companies will help the space agency transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Boeing and SpaceX have both won contracts worth up to $6.8 billion combined to continue work on their space capsules as the space agency aims to rely on U.S. industry for the transportation of astronauts into space.
FirstNet Seeks Input on Public-Safety Network Initiative
Do you have ideas about how FirstNet could operate and manage the core infrastructure, radio access networks, devices, applications and other deployable systems? FirstNet is seeking input on these questions, as well as potential secondary use of excess public-safety spectrum capacity through a leasing agreement.
Net Neutrality: Why Contractors and Government Should Fear The Tier
With big contract wins, the end of the fiscal year, and cyberthreats, it’s easy to ignore the less glamorous topic of net neutrality. However, an article in Information Week notes it’s not just large technology companies that will suffer from the proposed “fast-lane” Internet, but every single person using the Internet—including federal employees, contractors and the public.
Will Contractors Benefit from the U.S. Strategy on the Islamic State?
A report in the Washington Post says no … at least not for now. Defense contractors who are expecting business to pick up with America’s campaign to defeat the Islamic State are not likely to see an immediate boost to their bottom line.