Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog. As the government shutdown stretched on for the second week in row, the uncertainty in both the private and public sectors became almost palpable. From government employee furlough news to stories about contractors not receiving back pay, it has been a rough week. Though, new contracts are being awarded and Lockheed Martin is poised to close a $2.2 billion Air Force contract. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off. Happy Monday.
Economic Advisor: Sequester ‘Stupid,’ Default a ‘Fundamental Danger’
Americans appear to have shrugged off the sequester, but they wouldn’t escape the pain of a default, according to Gene Sperling, the head of President Obama’s National Economic Council.
At Global Gathering, Many Worry About U.S. Strength
The federal government shutdown and Congressional impasse is prompting a lot of criticism of the United States, and concerns about U.S. economic leadership in the world, during the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington, DC this week.
Contractors Find Little Relief From Government Shutdown Impacts
“It’s kind of killing us,” said one federal contractor about the government shutdown.
House Passes Bill to Keep Paychecks Coming for Federal Workers
The House of Representatives has passed a bill to pay federal workers who are on the job during the partial shutdown, but it was met immediately by a veto threat from the White House.
GSA Sets Time Frame for OASIS Deadline
Businesses will have 10 to 14 days after the government shutdown ends to submit proposals for the General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) request for proposals.
Poll: Huge Majority of Americans Have Seen No Impact From Sequester
A new National Journal poll finds only 23 percent of people have seen an effect from the spending cuts.
Video Surveillance Driving Big Data
The proliferation of high-definition surveillance cameras has generated an “extraordinary deluge of data,” according to a new IHS survey.
BAE Systems Warns Over U.S. Government Shutdown
BAE Systems has said its U.S. operations could be hit if the government shutdown in Washington turns out to be protracted.
Lockheed, Air Force Close to $2.2 Billion Satellite Contract Signature
The U.S. Air Force expects to finalize a $2.2 billion contract with Lockheed Martin for two more advanced military communications satellites in coming weeks.
Draft RFP Details $6 Billion Defense, Intelligence Community IT Program
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) released a draft request for proposals for a potential five-year, $6 billion contract covering information technology services for defense and intelligence agencies.
CACI International Makes Largest Acquisition to Date with Six3 Systems
CACI International has agreed to buy Six3 Systems, an intelligence contractor, for $820 million—marking the defense company’s largest acquisition.
Exelis CEO Seeks Middle Ground in Budget Crunch
Retired Army Lt. Gen. David Melcher, now the CEO of Exelis Inc., said diversification is the best strategy for riding out current U.S. budget and political uncertainty.
VITA and Northrop Grumman Honored for Cybersecurity Initiative
Congratulations to the Virginia Information Technologies Agency and Northrop Grumman for being recognized by the Center for Digital Government and McAfee for excellence in cybersecurity.
Harris Corporation Awarded $65 Million Network Maintenance Contract by U.S. Air Force Space Command
Congratulations to Harris Corporation for winning a $65 million contract modification to provide worldwide satellite data and communications support to the U.S. Air Force’s Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) and Global Positioning System antenna sites.
General Dynamics to Produce FAA Air Traffic Control Radios
Congratulations to General Dynamics C4 Systems for receiving a $25 million production order from the FAA for new air traffic control radios to replace the agency’s legacy analog radios.
Special Event: The Impact of LPTA Procurements on Government Contracts and Solutions
As trying times continue, it’s important to prepare for success. Get the latest data and insights on LPTA to help you navigate the FY14 procurement environment! On October 24, Market Connections and Centurion Research Solutions will host an event to launch the results of new research on the implications of LPTA procurement for both government and contractors. Panelists include leaders from GDIT, Harris IT, NCMA and Sotera.