Weekly News Kick Off: Deep Cuts Coming in 2014; Defense Spending Fight in D.C.; and Donald Trump Buys Old Post Office from the GSA - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  Darker budget times could be around the corner with a steeper round of cuts slated for October.  So, what is the government doing to save money?  Selling old buildings to Donald Trump, so he can turn them into luxury hotels, as well as focusing more on shared IT services.  All of these things are really happening in this week’s Monday News Round Up.

Government Threatens Deeper Cuts in 2014
As agencies wrestle with the fallout from this year’s sequester-related budget cuts, many face an even steeper round of reductions starting in October under a recently approved blueprint by the House Appropriations Committee.

Will a Fight Over Defense Spending Blow Up the Sequester?
Turns out Republicans aren’t willing to cut defense down to sequestration levels after all, according to the Washington Post.

Sequestration Pushing Agencies Toward Shared Services
Sequestration is changing the way federal leaders think about managing their agency operations; with more of a focus on shared services.

Furlough Days Mean Marine Logistics Bases to Go Dark
Work at the Marines’ two major logistics bases will effectively shut down on days this summer when civilian workers are furloughed.

Uncle Sam Scales Back on Bonuses
The government handed out less bonus money to federal employees in 2012 than in 2011.

State-Sponsored Groups Infiltrated VA IT Systems
Within the last year-and-a-half of state-sponsored entities gained access to Veterans Affairs Department information technology systems.

GSA Strikes Deal With Trump to Turn Old Post Office Into Luxury Hotel
The GSA has finalized a $200 million deal with The Trump Organization to turn the Old Post Office Building in Washington into a luxury hotel.

The Next Five Years of Mobile Computing
The government’s grasp of the technology has gone from ignorance to tolerance to embrace. So, what does the future hold?

More Firms Get FedRAMP Nod
Congratulations to HP and Lockheed Martin for achieving provisional compliance with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), the federal government’s standardized approach to cloud security assessments.

Lockheed Martin F-35s Approved by House Spending Panel
The House panel that approves defense funding has produced a draft budget that will pay for all 29 F-35 jets the Pentagon requested for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

Boeing Defense Chief Sees Rising R&D, Margins
Boeing Co’s defense division expects to continue growing its research and development spending and operating margins in coming years, regardless of what happens with top line revenues.

Northrop Grumman Named Private Sector Employer of the Year
Northrop Grumman has been named “Private Sector Employer of the Year” by CAREERS & the disABLED magazine for its commitment to recruiting, hiring and promoting people with disabilities.

Be Informed and CACI Announce Launch of New Civilian Government Software as a Service Platform
Be Informed and CACI International have partnered to offer federal agencies a new, agile and cost-effective way to provide citizen services.

ManTech Awarded Contract by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic to Provide Decision Superiority Support Services
Congratulations to ManTech International Corporation for winning a Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) contract to provide full lifecycle support for command, control and decision support systems.

SAIC Appoints Head Of Investor Relations For Leidos
SAIC has named John Sweeney senior vice president, investor relations of the company’s planned national security, health and engineering solutions company, Leidos.

Exelis Wins $125M Contract to Deliver Airborne Jammers
Congratulations to Exelis for winning a $125 million contract to deliver the latest airborne jammer to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command.

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