Weekly News Kick Off: Lawmakers Will Not End Sequestration Before Oct. 1; Judges Urge Congress to End Budget Cuts; and DHS Awards $6 Billion Contract - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog. Top federal judges in 49 states are urging lawmakers to avoid more sequestration cuts.  Meanwhile, President Obama warned that budget cuts could impact benefits for veterans.  In terms of new contracts, the FAA, the U.S. Navy and DHS have all awarded new contracts to multiple industry players. Be sure to check out this and much more in the Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Judges Urge Congress to Avoid More Sequestration Cuts
Top federal judges in 49 states are urging lawmakers to avoid another round of automatic spending cuts that they say would have a “devastating and long-lasting impact” on the federal courts.

Senator Sees an End to Sequestration (But Not By Oct. 1)
Lawmakers will work to end sequestration during the next few months, but not before Oct. 1, according to a Democratic senator.

President Obama Warns Sequestration Could Imperil VA Benefits
Benefits for veterans were sheltered from sequestration in 2013 but President Barack Obama is warning that could change in 2014.

DISA to Leverage NSA’s Big Data Capabilities for Acropolis
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) sees big data and analytics as key components to providing cyber situational awareness for the Defense Department’s networks.

BAE Systems Growing Steadily In Defense Services by Beating Incumbents
Lately, BAE Systems has expanded its technical services offerings to the Pentagon at the expense of well-established incumbents.

Navy Awards $45 Million Contract for UCLASS Drone Assessment
The Naval Air Systems Command is awarding separate $15 million contracts to Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to conduct a preliminary design review for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike drone (UCLASS).

DHS Awards Contractors $6 Billion for Agency Network Surveillance
The Homeland Security Department chose 17 vendors for a potential $6 billion network threat-monitoring project that will offer all civilian agencies the services at no cost.  Winning companies include IBM, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton.

CACI International Hires Former DoD Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer
David Wennergren, who stepped down recently as the Department of Defense’s assistant deputy chief management officer, has found a new home at CACI International.

Dell Survey Reveals Slow IT Provisioning May Cost Federal Agencies Millions of Dollars
Dell Software just released survey findings revealing that the slow IT provisioning and de-provisioning of government employees may be costing the federal government millions of dollars in lost work.

SAIC Wins $227 Million Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Contract
Congratulations to SAIC for winning an IT contract worth up to $227 million from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Northrop Grumman Names New Director in Cyber Solutions Division
Northrop Grumman has hired Wendy Martin as director of strategic initiatives and campaigns for the cyber solutions division.

U.S. Veterans Magazine Names DynCorp International a Top Veteran-Friendly Company
U.S. Veterans Magazine recognized DynCorp International as one of the nation’s Top Veteran-Friendly Companies and Top Supplier Diversity Programs.

Harris Corporation Awarded $150 Million Contract for FAA’s NextGen Data Communications Program
Congratulations to Harris Corporation for winning a $150 million FAA contract to support the Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) program.

L-3 Selected to Provide In-Service Support for Canada’s CC-150 Polaris Fleet
Congratulations to L-3 Communications’ MAS division for winning a $669 million contract from the Government of Canada to provide complete in-service support (ISS) services for the country’s fleet of CC-150 aircraft.

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