Weekly News Kick Off: Sequestration Fears Return; GSA’s Unified Acquisition Strategy; and Navy Awards $2.5 Billion in Contracts for CANES - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  The topic of sequestration has been making its way though the federal news cycle.  Many government officials discussed the looming defense budget caps at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, and the CBO said that sequestration cuts are unlikely this year. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

After Months On Back Burner, Sequester Fears Return

At the recent Space and Missile Defense Symposium, numerous officials warned of the looming defense budget caps.

CBO: Sequestration Cuts Are Unlikely This Year

The fiscal 2014 budget that President Obama signed last December contained enough cuts and revenues to avoid across-the-board cuts this year, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed.

DISA Weighs Contract Consolidation as Sequester Solution

The Defense Information Systems Agency is considering consolidating contracts as means to increase efficiencies and save money, particularly with the possibility of another round of sequestration bearing down on them for fiscal 2016.

GSA Unveils Unified Acquisition Strategy

The General Services Administration, looking to cut through the confusion that sometimes clouds federal IT procurement, began a campaign to illuminate its development of new, centralized and electronic acquisition processes for federal agencies.

Department of Commerce Plans Database of State Business Incentives

The Commerce Department is developing a comprehensive, searchable and regularly updated web-based database of all business incentives offered by states.

DARPA Challenges Teams to Predict Virus Spread

The latest software challenge from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency asks teams to work at epidemic speed to accurately forecast the spread of the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV).

Army Ramping Up Renewable Energy Program

The Army is pushing to meet its ambitious renewable energy goals, forming a permanent office to help identify, award and complete renewable energy projects across the country.

Smithsonian Crowd-Sources Transcription Services

The Smithsonian Institution has opened a new website to the public where volunteers can help turn thousands of handwritten documents into searchable records.

Navy Selects Lockheed Exoskeletons for Testing, Evaluations; Adam Miller Comments

Lockheed Martin-built industrial exoskeletons have been chosen through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences for a U.S. Navy evaluation under a contract of an undisclosed amount.

Navy Awards $2.5 Billion in Contracts for CANES

The Navy has awarded a potential $2.5 billion worth of contracts to five companies for full deployment production of the Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services system, which is intended to improve interoperability across the fleet.

DISA Taps Harris for Potential $450 Million Crisis Mgmt System Support IDIQ

DISA has selected Harris Corporation to help manage and maintain a teleconferencing system used by government leaders for video and Voice over Secure Internet Protocol phone communications under a potential 10-year, $450 million contract.

Exelis Wins $517 Million for Army Corps of Engineers IT Support Work

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded Exelis a potential five-year, $517 million contract to perform information technology support work at various USACE facilities worldwide.

General Dynamics to Apply Open Architecture to AF ICBM Guidance Evaluations

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will assess Intercontinental Ballistic Missile guidance technology options for the U.S. Air Force, under a $6.4 million contract.

10 Public Sector Projects Win GCN Awards for IT Excellence

Ten government IT projects, showing the power of mobile technology to transform the enterprise, took top honors in the 2014 GCN Awards for IT achievement.

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