Weekly News Kick Off: Sequestration Recovery?; Advancing Cloud Computing; and Government; and New Contract Wins - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  Both NIST and the Smithsonian have seen their budgets increase this year. General Dynamics reported flat sales in 2013 – despite sequestration and the government shutdown.  Perhaps the darkest days are behind us?   In addition, we have plenty of cloud computing stories and new contract wins to report. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Smithsonian Budget Restores Most of Sequester Cuts
The Smithsonian Institution announced an $805 million federal appropriation for fiscal year 2014, a $30 million increase over its 2013 sequester-addled budget. Perhaps this is a sign of brighter days ahead?

General Dynamics Sees Flat Sales, Despite Sequestration and Shutdown
After a rocky year of automatic spending cuts and a government shutdown, General Dynamics recently reported that 2013 sales were essentially flat.

DISA Considers Unified Capabilities in the Cloud
The Defense Department is developing a delivery model for enhancing voice, video and collaboration services and offering those capabilities over the Internet.

NIST’s Fiscal 2014 Funding Improves Over Previous Years
Funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology this fiscal year under the omnibus federal funding act signed into law by President Obama Jan. 17 will be better than in recent years past.

GAO: DoD Slow to Assess Efficiency Efforts
According to the GAO, the Defense Department has to yet to devise a uniform approach for assessing the impact of its efficiency efforts, which were rolled out three years ago.

Department of Agriculture Installs BYOD Capabilities
The Department of Agriculture recently installed software capabilities to manage more than 100,000 government-issued and eventually personal Apple, Android and Windows 8 devices across its 29 agencies.

Social Security Administration to Build Private Cloud
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking to build an on-premises private cloud, which would help the agency do a better job of using its existing infrastructure and automate processes that are currently done manually.

Northrop Grumman Signs Agreement with CA Technologies for Cloud-Based Identity and Access Management Services
Northrop Grumman has signed an agreement with CA Technologies to help it expand its cloud-based services in the health care, civil government, and state and local markets.

Lockheed Awarded $103 Million for Navy Electronic Test Systems
Congratulations to Lockheed Martin for winning a $103 million U.S. Navy contract to support automated test systems and associated support equipment.

Leidos to Help Air Force Review Planning, Analysis Network
Congratulations to Leidos for winning a potential five-year, $62 million contract to help the U.S. Air Force carry out quality review work on an operational planning and analysis network modernization program for U.S. Strategic Command.

Exelis Wins $32 Million for Coast Guard Surveillance Radars
Congratulations to Exelis for winning a potential five-year, $32 million contract to supply the U.S. Coast Guard with radar systems for maritime surveillance, counterterrorism and drug interdiction missions.

Harris Corporation Receives $18 Million in Orders for Falcon III Wideband Tactical Radios from U.S. Special Operations Command
Congratulations to Harris Corporation for receiving orders totaling $18 million for Falcon III® manpack and handheld tactical radios from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

SC&H Group Hosts Innovative Panel on Growing Tysons Corner’s Skyline to Mirror a Major U.S. City
This Wednesday, January 29, SC&H Group hosts a unique panel of real estate trendsetters from industry and government at the Ritz Carleton in McLean to discuss key market-making developments in Tysons Corner.

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