Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. The OMB is launching its Digital Services team to improve the IT procurement process, while the Department of Interior has appointed its new CIO. In addition, there were multiple international contract award announcements. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off. Happy Monday.
New Study on Convergence of Technologies and Services in Federal Market
Market Connections, Inc., in partnership with the Professional Services Council (PSC), is conducting a study on the ongoing convergence of technologies and services in the federal marketplace. Your insights will help us understand the impact on industry offerings and government buying methods.
OMB Launches Digital Services Team to Guide IT Projects
The Obama administration has launched its U.S. Digital Service, a team of experts based inside the Office of Management and Budget to improve IT procurement and efforts to design public-facing online services.
Transportation to Federalize Some IT Contractors
The Transportation Department will be federalizing some of its IT contractor workforce in order to save money and invest in new programs, according to its CIO Richard McKinney.
Sylvia Burns Promoted to Interior CIO
Sylvia Burns, an IT executive with the Department of the Interior since 2006, has been named CIO of the agency.
Air Force Looks to Get Proactive on Cyber Defense
The Air Force Research Lab is launching an initiative to become more cyber resilient, which will include self-healing software and deceptive capabilities that could fool cyber attackers.
GSA: New Airfares Will Save Agencies Billions
Agencies should save $2.3 billion in 2015 as part of the General Services Administration’s airfare program.
DoD to Release Cloud Computing Pilots By September
The Defense Department will soon be moving some of its data into the cloud as part of a series of pilot projects, according to acting CIO Terry Halvorsen.
The Intelligence Community Wants a Peek at the Future of Your Brain
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is looking for ways to measure brainpower, with an eye to understanding how an individual might adapt to future job demands.
FAA Opens Fifth Unmanned Aircraft Test Site
Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York, is the latest test site the Federal Aviation Administration will use to research how unmanned aircraft will be integrated into the national airspace system.
DigitalGlobe Launches Most Powerful Commercial Earth-Watching Satellite Into Space
DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 spacecraft, the sharpest-eyed commercial Earth-watching satellite ever built, soared into space last week on a mission to observe our home planet in spectacular detail.
BAE Systems to Build Offshore Patrol Ships for U.K. Royal Navy
BAE Systems has won a $581 million dollar contract to develop three offshore patrol vessels for Britain’s Royal Navy.
Raytheon to Develop Humvee-Based Anti-Drone Lasers
Raytheon will work with the Office of Naval Research to build a vehicle-based laser weapon system to target drones and other low-flying adversarial assets.
Northrop Remotec to Update Naval Bomb Disposal Robots
Remotec, a Northrop Grumman company, will update the U.S. Navy’s fleet of bomb disposal drones under an $8.8 million dollar contract.
State Department Approves $2 Billion Boeing AWACS Upgrade Deal for Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia plans to modernize its fleet of Boeing-built airborne warning and control systems aircraft through a $2 billion foreign military sales deal approved by the U.S. State Department.