Weekly News Kick Off: Sequestration May Mean More Military Casualties; Potential Force Reduction in 2014; and Fed Report Shrinking Workforce - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  Sequestration continues to dominate the news cycle with senior DoD officials claiming that it may cause more military casualties.  In addition, the Pentagon is considering a force reduction plan for 2014, and overall the government is reporting a shrinking workforce.  Though, all is not dire. Harris Corporation, CACI International and ITT Exelis all announced new contract wins. Be sure to check out this and much more in the Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Sequestration May Mean More Military Casualties, Army Chief of Staff Says
Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno issued a dire warning about sequestration, saying that more U.S. service members may die on the battlefield.

DoD Not Ruling Out Force Reduction in Sequestration Plan for 2014
The Pentagon is working out specific plans for reductions in force and involuntary separations in the coming year if budget cuts from sequestration are repeated in 2014.

Insiders Offer Glimmers of Hope for Avoiding a Government Shutdown
Interviews with Washington insiders show all agree the prospects for a government shutdown are real, but there are glimmers of hope.

DoD Reduces Civilian Furlough Days
For hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees, unpaid furloughs will end this week after the Pentagon found money from other areas to cut the number of furlough days from 11 to six.

Despite Progress, Billions Still at Risk in IT Investments
According to the GAO, more than 10 percent of the federal government’s current $82 billion IT budget is at risk – with tens of billions more tied up in the lifecycle costs of troubled IT projects.

Feds Report Shrinking Workforces, Survey Says
Even as most sectors report continued job growth and hiring, federal employees say their organizations are shrinking, according to a new Gallup survey.

White House Unveils CIO Council 2.0
The White House released a plan to significantly streamline its top council of information technologists.

Interior Department Moves Ahead With $10 Billion Cloud Contract
A federal court has struck down a company’s bid protest that has been holding up a $10 billion Interior Department cloud services contract.

U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Celebrate One Million Flight Hours for the Apache Targeting and Pilotage Sensor
Last week, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army celebrated one million flight hours for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS).

Harris Corporation Awarded U.S. Air Force NETCENTS-2 Application Services Contract
Congratulations to Harris Corporation for winning an IT services IDIQ from the U.S. Air Force potentially worth $960 million.

DynCorp to Consolidate Headquarters In Tysons Corner
DynCorp International is relocating its corporate headquarters from Falls Church to Tysons Corner, where it will consolidate multiple offices.

CACI Wins AF Medical Support Agency Facility Support Contract
Congratulations to CACI International for winning an $8.7 million contract to help the Air Force Medical Support Agency manage its healthcare facilities.

ITT Exelis Wins $68M to Supply Jammer Tech for Air Force and Navy Planes
Congratulations to ITT Exelis for winning a multi-year  $68 million contract to supply the U.S. Navy and Air Force with an electronic warfare system for countering advanced threats to fighter aircraft.

SAIC Awarded $17 Million Task Order By Indian Health Service
Congratulations to SAIC for winning a $17 million task order by the Indian Health Service (IHS) to help replace its Electronic Dental Record (EDR) system.

USGIF Announces David Kilcullen as GEOINT 2013 Keynote Speaker
USGIF announced that David Kilcullen, Founder and CEO of Caerus Associates, has signed on to be a keynote speaker at GEOINT 2013.

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