Weekly News Kick Off: Government Contractors Reprioritize After the Shutdown; Lockheed Remains Mostly Unscathed; and More New Contract Wins - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  Now that the government shutdown has been in our rearview mirror for a couple of weeks, it is time to see how the dust has settled.  As expected, it has caused many contractors to reprioritize, while big players like Lockheed remain mostly unscathed.  In addition, LPTA was the hot topic in the federal news cycle last week with the launch of the LPTA Impact Study from Market Connections and Centurion Research Solutions.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Obama: Government Shutdown Raises 2014 Stakes
Framing the recent government shutdown in electoral terms for the first time, President Barack Obama said that the Washington fighting raises the stakes for Democrats in next year’s midterm elections.

Contractors Say Shutdown Forced Them to Reprioritize
As feared, the 16-day government shutdown forced contractors to scramble for cash, revise their schedules, and reconnect with their agency liaisons, according to trade association officials.

Lockheed Martin Mostly Unscathed By Sequestration, Government Shutdown
Lockheed Martin easily weathered government spending cuts during its most recent quarter, reporting a 20 percent jump in profit and raising its earnings expectations for the year.

How Has Your Business Been Affected by Sequestration and the Shutdown?
Market Connections Inc, in partnership with Lohfeld Consulting Group, is conducting a short poll of federal government contractors regarding the effects of sequestration and the government shutdown on the government contracting community.  Please share your candid insights!

Young Workers Souring on Federal Careers
Disillusioned by furloughs and worried about budget cuts and pay freezes, many young federal employees say that they can’t help but look toward the door.

NIST Framework Leaves Crucial Question Unanswered
The latest draft of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity framework is meatier than its August predecessor, but heated debate continues over the question of voluntary standards versus regulatory mandates.

Navy Orders Raytheon To Stop Work on Next-Gen Radar
The U.S. Navy has directed Raytheon to stop work on the next-generation Air and Missile Defense Radar program. The move came in response to a protest filed a day earlier by Lockheed Martin related to the $1.6 billion contract award.

Northrop Grumman Awarded DoD Civil Engineering Support Task Order
The General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), has awarded Northrop Grumman a civil engineering support task order for $38 million.

U.S. Army Increases Harris Corporation Tactical Communications IDIQ Contract By $847 Million

The U.S. Army has increased the ceiling value of a Harris Corporation IDIQ tactical communications contract by $847 million. The initial contract was awarded in 2011.

Army Awards Contract for Google, Microsoft Cloud Services
The Army is expanding its use of commercial cloud services through new contracts awarded for Google and Microsoft, the service announced this week.

Raytheon to Engineer Navy Sensor Netting System for $236 Million
Congratulations to Raytheon for winning a $236 million contract to perform design and engineering work on a U.S. Navy sensor-netting system intended for anti-air warfare.

SAIC Wins $14 Million Option for Business Process Management Services
Congratulations to SAIC for winning a $14.1 million option to support the U.S. Transportation Command’s business process management activities.

ManTech to Evaluate Navy Aircraft System Safety
Congratulations to ManTech for winning a $11.7 million contract option to continue performing engineering and technical support work on U.S. Navy aircraft and systems.

Engility’s IRG Subsidiary to Help USAID Hold Clean Energy Seminars
Congratulations to Engility’s IRG subsidiary for winning a $7.8 million task order to help the U.S. Agency for International Development conduct training workshops and online seminars on clean energy.

Industry Sees Writing On The Wall When It Comes To LPTA
Last week, Market Connections and Centurion Research launched a new study that gauged perceptions of LPTA procurements by government and contractors.  The news study gained tremendous attention from media outlets like FedNewsRadio, FCW, Washington Technology, InformationWeek Government and SIGNAL Magazine.  

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