Weekly News Kick Off: Sequestration is a “Disaster;” Increased Spending on Big Data and Cloud Computing; and Laundry List of Contract Wins - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  We hope everyone had the opportunity to spend the Veteran’s Day holiday with family and friends, as well as pay respect to those who have sacrificed for our nation.  Sequestration is still top-of-mind in the federal news cycle; however, we are seeing larger numbers of new contracts being awarded. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Tuesday.

Sequestration Is A Disaster; Here’s A Smarter Way To Save Money
With members of both political parties hating sequestration, Forbes Magazine is offering a smarter plan for government to save money.

U.S. Army Chief on Sequester Rhetoric: I’m a ‘Realist’ Not an ‘Alarmist’
Last week, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno defended the military against critics who contend the Defense Department can make deep cuts to planned spending without becoming less lethal.

Report: Agency Spending On Cloud, Big Data Services to Increase
Federal agencies are increasing spending on moving services to the cloud and consolidating data centers despite tight budgets, according to a recent Deltek report.

Traveling Feds Have (a Little) More Money to Spend
Federal employees traveling on government business received a small boost for lodging in fiscal 2014 – from $77 per day lodging rate to $83.  Perhaps the tides are shifting?

Agencies Could Save Nearly $6 Billion From IT Consolidation
There are about 200 opportunities for federal agencies to consolidate information technology services that could add up to $5.8 billion in savings by the end of 2015, according to a GAO report.

Lockheed Martin Is Developing A Hypersonic Spy Plane
Lockheed Martin is developing a spy plane that will fly six times the speed of sound.

Air Force Adds 9 Vendors to $6.9 Billion Networks Contract
The Air Force has added nine companies to its $6.9 billion contract for its Network Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Netcentric Products contract.

Northrop Grumman Receives $178 Million Contract to Sustain Joint STARS Fleet
The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $178 million contract to continue sustaining the service’s entire E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft.

Boeing Promotes Ted Colbert to CIO
Ted Colbert, vice president of the information technology infrastructure organization at Boeing, has been promoted to CIO.

DynCorp International Awarded $86.6 Million Subcontract to Support Multi Sensor Aerial Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (MAISR) Program
Congratulations to DynCorp International for being awarded a subcontract to provide contractor logistics support in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as part of the Multi Sensor Aerial Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (MAISR) Operations and Sustainment program.

BAE Systems to Develop Next-Generation Guided Projectile for U.S. Navy
Congratulations to BAE Systems for winning a $33.6 million contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop and demonstrate a Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP).

Engility Joint Venture Awarded $142 Million Contract to Support the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Program
Forfeiture Support Associates, a joint venture between Engility and AECOM Technology Corporation, has been awarded a $142 million option to provide professional, financial and legal support to the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Program.

CACI Wins $28 Million Contract with U.S. Transportation Command
Congratulations to CACI International for winning a $28 million contract to provide software and systems engineering services to the U.S. Transportation Command in support of the Defense Personal Property System.

Leidos Wins $178 Million to Handle Military Health Customer Calls
Congratulations to Leidos for winning a potential five-year, $178 million contract to help handle customer calls for the Defense Health Agency in order to help Military Health System beneficiaries gain access to health systems.

Booz Allen Maps the DNA of Data Science with Release of The Field Guide to Data Science
Working to spur awareness of and best practices in data science, Booz Allen Hamilton recently released The Field Guide to Data Science.

Thermopylae Sciences & Technology Awarded DHS Geospatial Services BPA
Congratulations to Thermopylae Sciences & Technology for being awarded a $98 million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for Geospatial Technical Support Services (GTSS) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Calling All Government Contractors: New Poll Regarding Effects of Sequestration and Government Shutdown
What has the true impact of sequestration been on federal contractors? Market Connections Inc, in partnership with Lohfeld Consulting Group, is conducting a short poll of federal government contractors regarding the effects of sequestration and the government shutdown on the government contracting community.

WEBINAR: The Impact of LPTA Procurements on Government Contracts and Solutions
Market Connections, Inc. and Centurion Research Solutions recently released the findings of a new study that gauges impact of LPTA procurements on government agencies and the contractors who serve them.  Both companies are hosting a follow-on webinar that showcases the study results on November 19.

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