Weekly News Kick Off: House Passes 2014 Fiscal Spending Package; Cyber War Priority in Defense Budget; and New Contract Wins - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog, on Tuesday this week due to the Martin Luther King holiday.  The House approved a $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 appropriations package, which would avert another government shutdown for nine months.  In addition, cybersecurity is a key priority in the defense budget and many new contract wins were announced. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.

House Passes Fiscal 2014 Spending Package
Last week, the House approved a $1.012 trillion fiscal 2014 appropriations package providing spending stability for agencies and removing the threat of another government shutdown for at least the next 9 months.

Cyber War, High-Tech Weapons Take Center Stage in Defense Budget
The $552.1 billion defense budget approved by Congress calls for new regulations on cyber weapons, while at the same time dramatically boosting spending on them.

Social Security Seeks Software for Private Cloud
The Social Security Administration is in search of software packages that could help it build an on-premise private cloud, which could spell opportunity for industry.

Army to Merge Multibillion-Dollar IT Contracts
As part of its effort to cut costs, the Army is planning to combine two multibillion-dollar contracts used mainly for IT services and open up the new contract to competition among vendors.

Agencies Opening Mobile Code to App Developers
Agencies are making progress in opening their mobile code to app developers and contractors, according to agency officials and contractors.

BAE Systems Rebrands Cyber-Security Business in Commercial Push
As nearly half of government contractors re-architect for a changing market by expanding into adjacent markets, BAE Systems is rebranding its cyber-security operations to gain business from more companies beyond its traditional government customers.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Follow-On Contract for U.S. Air Force’s GPS-Challenged Navigation and Geo-Registration Solution
Congratulations to Northrop Grumman for being awarded a phase three-navigation system contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

Raytheon Receives $156 Million SM-3 Contract
Congratulations to Raytheon for winning a Missile Defense Agency contract valued at $156 million for the procurement of Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missiles.

Unisys Extends Australian Defense IT Services Contract
Congratulations to Unisys for winning a $52 million contract extension to provide IT support for the Australian Department of Defence.

CACI Awarded $45 Million Prime Contract to Provide Operation and Maintenance for the FBI
Congratulations to CACI International for being awarded a $45 million prime contract by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Finance Division (FD).

Ball Aerospace Hands over STPSat-3 Operations to U.S. Air Force
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. announced that operational control of the Space Test Program Satellite-3 has been handed over to the U.S. Air Force as the spacecraft begins its technology demonstration mission.

QinetiQ North America-BroadSoft Team Focuses on Cloud Security
QinetiQ North America and BroadSoft have moved to extend their partnership to develop unified communications services for federal, defense and intelligence customers.

Leidos Donates $100,000 to The Children’s Inn At NIH
Leidos announced that it has continued its support of The Children’s Inn at NIH with a second $100,000 donation in 2013 to assist The Inn’s Park and Playground.

Socrata Expands Top-Level Presence in Washington, DC
Socrata announced that Kenneth Melero has joined the company as the Director of Federal Sales in Washington, DC.  Be sure to check out the FedPulse Q&A with Melero here.

Keynotes Reconfirm for GEOINT 2013 (Pushed to 2014)
The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has announced that all of the original keynote speakers have been re-booked for the newly rescheduled GEOINT Symposium.


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