Weekly News Kick Off: House Passes GOP Spending Plan; Defense Leaders Speak Out Against Sequestration; and Fluor Wins $1.5 Billion DOE Contract - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  The House has passed a short-term spending plan, which would fund the government through mid-December, and senior military leaders are reinforcing the negative impact of today’s budget uncertainty.   In the middle of all of this, Fluor just won a $1.5 billion Department of Energy contract, and many other contractors announced big wins.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

House Passes GOP Spending Plan that Defunds Obamacare
The House passed a short-term spending plan last Friday morning that would continue funding government operations through mid-December but withhold funding for Obamacare.

Budget Uncertainty Crippling Military, Pentagon Officials Say
Senior Pentagon officials are trekking to Congress with a sobering message: budget uncertainty is wreaking havoc with the armed forces.

Sequestration Is Making It Harder For Government Watchdogs To Do Their Jobs
Members of Congress and the Obama administration rely heavily on the work of inspectors general to root out waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. But this effort may be compromised by sequestration.

How Exactly GSA Plans to Provide One Desk for Every Two Employees
The GSA showcased its newly refurbished Washington headquarters as it rolled out an initiative to reduce federal office square footage and use: one desk for every two employees.

FEMA Names NASA official as New CIO
Adrian Gardner, the chief information officer of NASA’s Goddard Space Center, will be stepping in as the new CIO at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Experts: Government Potential Large for Biometrics
Biometrics could extend well beyond national security and public safety applications and play a huge role in improving how agencies administer benefits programs.

Fluor Wins $1.5 Billion Contract to Manage National Oil Reserve
Fluor won a potential 10-year, $1.46 billion contract to manage the country’s emergency oil inventory for the Energy Department.

Northrop Grumman Looks to Build on Radar Wins
Fresh off summer wins to upgrade Taiwanese and US Air Force F-16s with new radar systems, Northrop Grumman is looking for more international market opportunities.

Lockheed Martin Wins $99 Million More for F-35 Stealth Fighter
Congratulations to Lockheed Martin for winning an additional $99 million contract for further work on its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

SAIC wins $21 Million Navy Digital Surveillance Contract
Congratulations to SAIC for winning a $21 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide digital video surveillance system training sets, engineering services and support.

Air Force Awards Satellite Support Contract to Harris Corporation
Congratulations to Harris Corporation for winning a $65 million contract option to provide the U.S. Air Force with operations, maintenance and logistics support of the Air Force Satellite Control Network.

SRA International Continues IT Support for Military Sealift Command
Mission-critical support for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command will continue to be provided by SRA International under a new IT contract.

L3 Communications Wins $357 Million Task Order Under GSA Alliant Contract
Congratulations to L3 for winning a $357 million task order under the GSA Alliant contract vehicle by for GSA Federal Systems Integration and Management Center for the U.S. Army.

Intergraph Mobile MapWorks Enables Real-Time GIS Updates in the Field
Intergraph has launched Intergraph Mobile MapWorks, a practical tool for performing on-the-fly field updates of geospatial information.

Hundreds of Booz Allen Volunteers Join Global Cleanup Movement for “Trash Free Seas”
This weekend, hundreds of Booz Allen employees, along with their families and friends, joined in an annual volunteer effort that protects and improves the health of global waterways and oceans.

Special Event:  The Impact of LPTA Procurements on Government Contracts and Solutions
On October 24, Market Connections and Centurion Research Solutions are hosting an event to launch the results of a unique research study on the implications of LPTA procurement for both government and contractors.

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