Weekly News Kick Off: How Bad is the Sequester?; IMF Criticizes Sequestration (Again); DoD Furloughs; and Much More - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  It seems the impact of sequestration is still being debated—with some saying the sky did not fall, while others believe the exact opposite.  Either way, we saw a steady stream of new contract wins announced by federal contractors last week.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Is the Sequester Really that Bad?
Before sequestration took effect, the Obama administration issued specific — and alarming — predictions about what it would bring. But, has it been that bad?

Yes, the Sequester is Affecting the Job Market
If you look closely at the data, the sequester still does seem to be affecting certain industries pretty badly.

IMF Criticizes U.S. Budget Sequestration Again
International Monetary fund chief Christine Lagarde does not think too highly of the United States’ relatively new federal budget.

Most Defense Civilians Begin Forced 3-Day Furlough Weekends
Each Defense Department entity has set its own guidelines for implementing the across-the-board furloughs scheduled to begin today, though most of the department’s civilians face forced three-day weekends.

Government Falls Short of Small-Business Contracting Goal
The federal government fell just short of its small-business contracting goals last year, according to the Small Business Administration.

Competition for $450 Million DoD Cloud Contract to Start in August
The Defense Information Systems Agency is looking to the private sector for help in defining a planned $450 million cloud-computing project.

GSA to Issue RFP for OASIS Contract July 24
The General Services Administration will issue a request for proposals for its much-awaited One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contract on July 24.

Border Protection Agency Considers E-Commerce
The Customs and Border Protection Agency is considering contracting for an “online storefront” that its offices could use to order information technology products.

NIST Seeks Input on Security Guide
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a request for information for a new guide on how to respond more quickly to security breaches.

Lockheed Martin Opening Branch in Israel
Lockheed Martin is opening a technology center in Israel to help build a new center for Israeli military intelligence in the Negev.

Northrop Grumman Selects Amy F. Hopkins, Thomas E. Laux to Lead New Business and Advanced Systems Development Organization
Northrop Grumman announced the hiring of Amy F. Hopkins and Thomas E. Laux, who will lead a newly formed Business and Advanced Systems Development (BASD) organization.

SRA to Support Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Congratulations to SRA International for winning a $100 million contract to provide technical service support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ManTech Supports Justice Civil Division Under $16M Contract
Congratulations to ManTech for winning a $16 million contract with the Justice Department to provide information technology support, strategic planning and training services.

Engility to Support Unmanned Aerial Combat Systems on Navy Engineering Contract
Congratulations to Engility for winning a $12.5 million contract modification to provide a range of engineering services in support of the U.S. Navy’s unmanned combat aerial systems programs.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Attains Top Process Rating
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has earned a Level 5 rating on the Capability Maturity Model Integration platform.  Be sure to check out our recent “Winning Contractor” post about General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems here.

Navy Awards BAE Systems a Potential $400M Contract for Missile Canisters
Congratulations to BAE Systems for receiving a $40 million contract from the Navy to produce canisters used to store, transport and launch missiles.

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