Weekly News Kick Off: Congressional Vacation to Create Another Fiscal Crisis; Dual Views on Sequestration; and Gov IT Legislation - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  Although last week was short due to the Thanksgiving break, the federal news-cycle continued to offer many stories about the pending fiscal crisis, sequestration and key new contract wins for industry. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Congressional Vacation Set to Create Another Fiscal Crisis
Congress will soon be forced to debate yet another short-term, stopgap bill to keep the government open, not because a budget deal can’t be reached, but because lawmakers haven’t left enough time to reach one.

Think Tanks Duel Over Easing Sequestration
Liberal and conservative think tanks are dueling over the merits and faults of the sequester, showcasing two divergent views on this still controversial topic.

IT Management Reform: It is Time for New Legislation
The significant troubles with the rollout of HealthCare.gov have put IT management issues front and center, reinforcing the need for government IT legislation.

Funding Bill Backs Intel Community’s IT Consolidation
The House Intelligence Committee has approved a bill that would fully fund an effort to consolidate and modernize information technology.

At Pentagon, it’s More Mobile With Less Money
Declining defense budgets might mean there is less money for the Pentagon to buy new smart phones and tablets, but that is not stopping the military from moving forward with mobility efforts.

Navy Weighs Options for Email Services
Email, along with data storage, video teleconferencing and other enterprise services for the U.S. Navy, are expected to transition to the new Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN).

Cloud Computing May Save U.S. Government $20 Billion A Year
A new study suggests that adoption of cloud offerings can cut the cost of U.S. government application development costs by $20.5 billion a year.

GSA: Networx Contract Saved Agencies $678 Million in 2013
The General Services Administration’s Networx telecommunications contract saved agencies more than $678 million in 2013.

Mike Bowers Joins Xerox Federal Solutions as President
Mike Bowers, formerly COO at Indus Corp., has taken on the role of President at Xerox Federal Solutions.

ManTech Promotes Christopher Goodrich to COO
ManTech International recently promoted Christopher Goodrich to COO.

Northrop Grumman Tops 2013 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25: Aerospace and Defense Survey
Northrop Grumman has been rated the number one aerospace and defense (A&D) company in the 2013 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25: A&D report.

Lockheed Awarded $105 Million for Air Force SATCOM Logistics
Congratulations to Lockheed Martin for winning a $105 million contract modification to help operate and sustain two satellite communications systems for the U.S. Air Force.

SAIC Awarded Contract by U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic
Congratulations to SAIC for being awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) to provide C5ISR support.

BAE Awarded One-Year Option for Air Force Life Preservers
Congratulations to BAE Systems for being awarded a one-year, $11 million contract modification by the Defense Logistics Agency to build life preservers and components for the U.S. Air Force.

Intelsat General to Supply Bandwidth to U.S. Marine Corps
Intelsat General will provide Ku-band bandwidth for use by the U.S. Marine Corps as a subcontractor under a broader satellite capacity purchasing program.

Deloitte Opens Huntsville Cyber Advisory Office
Deloitte has opened a Huntsville, Ala.-based consulting services office in a move aimed at expanding the company’s cybersecurity presence in the area.

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