Weekly News Kick Off: Sequestration is “Working;” Big Data and the White House; and Many New Contract Wins - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  The U.S. resources required for the disaster response in the Philippines is making many question sequestration; though one top Republican Senator is claiming that the sequester is working and Lockheed Martin is laying off 4,000 people.  In the midst of all of this, there continues to be a steady stream of new contract wins.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Sequester Looms Over Philippines Disaster Relief
Many believe that the Navy and Marine Corps’ high-profile disaster response in the Philippines shows why Congress must act quickly to repeal sequestration.

Top Senate Republican: ‘Sequestration Is Working’
At the second meeting of the budget conference set up as part of the deal to reopen the government in October, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told his colleagues that he thinks “sequestration is working.”

White House Announces Big Data Partnerships
The White House has unveiled several new partnerships among federal agencies, private companies, academia, state and local governments and nonprofits designed to deploy big data against many of the country’s big problems.

Report: Data Projects Need To Show Payoff
Agencies need to do a better job of showing that investments in big data analytic technologies are paying off, according to a recent study by the Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for The Business of Government.

Lockheed Martin Slashes 4,000 Jobs
Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs due to a slowdown in business due to less U.S. government spending on defense.

GAO Upholds Parts of BAE Jammer Protest
The U.S. Government Accountability Office upheld portions of BAE System’s protest of a July 2013 contract award to Raytheon to supply the Navy with a next-generation jammer.

Top VA Tech Official Pushes Agile Development
The Veterans Affairs Department should engage in more agile development in order to make more responsive and innovative programs, according to the agency’s top technology official.

House Panel Targets DoD Acquisition Reform, But Will That Be Enough?
The House Armed Services Committee is taking another crack at defense acquisition reform.

John Hynes Promoted to TASC President, CEO
John Hynes, COO at TASC, has been promoted to President and CEO.

General Dynamics Awarded $25 Million To Modernize U.S. Air Force Network Security Globally
Congratulations to General Dynamics for winning a $25 million task order to provide modernized base-level network security boundary support to the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

ManTech Wins $24 Million Option to Support Naval Air System Command
Congratulations to ManTech for winning a $24.2 million option to support the Naval Air System Command’s Warfare Analysis and Integration Department.

DynCorp to Help Maintain Navy Fleet Readiness Center Equipment
Congratulations to DynCorp for winning a one-year $27 million task order from the U.S. Air Force to help maintain and repair equipment at a U.S. Navy facility in Solomons, Md.

Leidos Wins $442 Million to Help Maintain TSA Security Equipment
Congratulations to Leidos for winning a $442 million contract to help the Transportation Security Administration maintain passenger security equipment.

SRA International Wins $20.4 Million Contract To Support VA Self-Service Portal
Congratulations to SRA International for winning a $20.4 million contract to provide software development support to the Veterans Affairs Department for its Enterprise Veteran Self-Service Portal Platform.

CACI Awarded $28 Million Prime Contract to Support Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO)
Congratulations to CACI International for winning $28 million contract from the Department of Defense’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) to support JIEDDO’s Joint Expeditionary Team (JET).

Engility Recognized as Military Friendly Employer
Congratulations to Engility for being named a 2014 Military Friendly Employer.

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