Weekly News Kick Off: U.S. Deficit Shrinks; Budget Resolution Stalled; SAIC Board Approves Spin Off; and Engility Wins State Department Contract - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  FCW discussed the House Republicans’ failure to extend a temporary budget until December 15th amid a GOP fight over Obama’s healthcare reform.  In addition, sequestration’s toll on jobs was a big story, though new contracts are still being awarded. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

U.S. Budget Deficit Shrinks 35 Percent From Last Year
The U.S. government posted a narrower budget deficit in August compared with a year ago, keeping the annual gap on track to be the smallest in five years.

House Republicans Stall on Continuing Resolution Amid Party Strife
Measures to extend the budget until December 15th was pulled from the House schedule, due to disputes among Republicans over how to challenge President Obama’s healthcare reform.

So Many Bosses, But Who’s Doing the Real Work?
GovExec discussed how agencies staffed up managerial positions tremendously pre-sequestration. Could restructuring help agencies’ overall strategic position and save resources?

Census Bureau Struggles With Sequester and Pressure to Cut Costs
Census Bureau Director John Thompson on Wednesday said sequestration has forced his agency to delay several economic products and field tests of key reforms needed to plan the 2020 Census.

DHS Awards EAGLE II Contract Spots to 13 Small Businesses
The Department of Homeland Security awarded 13 small businesses with spots on a seven-year, $22 billion contract to provide and maintain IT systems.

Expanding Federal Telework Could Save $12 Billion a Year
A Global Workforce Analytics report shows how expanding federal telework programs doesn’t just help federal employees and managers, but it could also benefit taxpayers by as much as $12 billion per year.

SAIC Board Votes to Approve Split, Will Be Effective Sept. 27
The board of directors for SAIC has approved the spinoff of the firm’s information technology business, which will make SAIC a government services business, and Leidos a technology business.

Lockheed Wins $500M FAA Transocean Air Traffic Management Extension
Congratulations to Lockheed Martin for winning a potential eight-year, $500 million contract extension to continue developing an air traffic management platform for the FAA to manage aircraft safety over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Harris Corporation Introduces Airborne Mission Radios for Improved International Ground-to-Air Tactical Communications
Harris Corporation has introduced new tactical radios that allow international air and ground forces to work more closely together during joint operations.

Rolls-Royce Joins BAE Systems’ Team For Contentious Trainer Battle
BAE Systems has added Rolls-Royce to its team in an effort to win an Air Force training contract.  Be sure to check out our exclusive Q&A with Rolls-Royce here.

Lockheed Martin Pursues Tech Deals in Britain, Australia
U.S. defense company Lockheed Martin is looking to make more technology acquisitions in Britain and Australia after buying UK technology firm Amor Group.

Northrop Grumman Wins $219 Million USAF Training Equipment Contract
Congratulations to Northrop Grumman for being awarded a firm-fixed and cost-type, partial foreign military sales contract, a follow-on production contract instructing Northrop to produce Joint Threat Emitters (JTE) and associated drawings, technical orders, retrofit kits and software for use by Air Force pilots.

L-3 Wins $357 Million to Update Army Reserve, National Guard IT System
Congratulations to L-3 National Security Solutions for winning a $357 million task order from the General Services Administration to help update an information technology system used by two U.S. military components.

ManTech to Support War Fighting, Manpower for U.S. Navy
Congratulations to ManTech for being awarded a $49.2 million contract by the U.S. Navy to support the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Information Dominance.

U.S. State Dept. Taps Engility For Peacekeeper Training
Congratulations to Engility for being awarded six task orders worth more than $28 million for training of forces in six African countries by the U.S. State Department.

SRA International Retains Department of Homeland Security Support Services Contract
Congratulations to SRA International for winning a 65 million blanket purchase agreement from DHS to provide research, development engineering and test and evaluation services.

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