Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog. While we are all headed into the holiday season, a dark cloud looms in the near distance with the debt ceiling issue and the lingering sequester. Though it’s not all doom-and-gloom. The Intelligence Community is being funded to meet modern challenges and industry members keep winning more contracts. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off. Happy Monday.
Budget Office: Next Debt Ceiling D-Day Could Come in March
The government will exhaust its emergency borrowing authority sometime between March and June 2014, if Congress does not suspend or increase the nation’s debt limit again.
How Sequestration Gets Worse in 2014
Sequestration’s toll can be felt throughout the U.S., and things will only get worse in 2014 — according to the Center for American Progress.
House Panel Authorizes Full Funding for Intelligence IT Modernization
The House Intelligence Committee approved legislation that would set policy and funding levels for intelligence community programs for fiscal 2014, including efforts to modernize IT and target insider threats.
Report: Agencies Could Save Billions Using Platform-as-a-Service
Agencies could save $20.5 billion annually by moving software application development to the cloud, according to a new report.
FAA Releases Road Map for Domestic Drones
The U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration recently released its first road map outlining safety measures for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as “drones.”
Can IT Procurement Be Saved?
FCW recently ran this in-depth profile of the current state of IT procurement, which includes insights about the LPTA environment.
Booz Allen Hamilton Executive: More Vetting Needed for Federal Contractors
The background screening of federal contractors needs more improvements, including information sharing between agencies, to prevent government security breaches, said Booz Allen Hamilton’s Vice Chairman Mike McConnell.
Northrop Grumman Selected for U.S. Air Force’s Joint Threat Emitter Follow-On Production Program
Congratulations to Northrop Grumman for winning a $219 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for the Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) Follow-On Production program.
George Oliver Appointed to Raytheon Board
George Oliver, CEO of Tyco International since 2012, has joined Raytheon‘s board of directors.
Leidos to Develop Radiographic Imaging Systems for Armed Forces
Congratulations to Leidos for winning a $49 million follow-on contract from a U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center division to manufacture new radiographic imaging systems that work to identify explosive ordnances.
Unisys Provides CBP with Scanning Tech at Busiest U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing
Unisys has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection to deploy a pedestrian crossing technology intended to help the agency secure traveler passage through the U.S.-Mexico border.
General Dynamics Subsidiary to Build Navy Common Missile Compartment
Congratulations to General Dynamics‘ Electric Boat subsidiary for winning a $28.9 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue developing a common missile compartment for U.S. and U.K. underwater vessels.
Lockheed Martin GPS III Satellite Prototype Proves It Can Successfully Communicate With GPS Satellite Constellation
The Lockheed Martin prototype of the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite, the GPS III, recently proved it was backward-compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit.
Harris to Update DoD Soldier Radio Waveform
Congratulations to Harris Corporation for winning a $9 million order from the Defense Department to update the U.S. Army‘s soldier radio waveforms for battlefield tactical communications.
SRA International Names New Chief Growth Officer
SRA International announced that Tom Nixon has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer.
FierceGovernmentIT’s 2013 Fierce 15
FierceGovernmentIT released its annual Fierce 15 — a recognition of 15 federal employees who have done particularly innovative things.