Monday Morning News Kick Off: Contractors Not Fretting Sequestration; Cities Prepare for Cuts; GSA Addresses Travel Behaviors; FedRAMP Evolves; and Fed 100 Winners

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  With conflicting stories about contractor’s perceptions of sequestration and federal agencies shedding thousands of jobs last month, there’s still plenty of confusion and uncertainty regarding the cuts poised to happen in less than a month.  Be sure to check out all of the latest sequestration news and much more in our Monday News Roundup post.  Happy Monday!

As Sequestration Looms, Contractors Don’t Fret

According to The Washington Post, many contractors are not worried about sequestration, while analysts do not buy into their optimism.

Agencies Cut Thousands of Jobs in January

Federal agencies shed 5,000 jobs in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Companies, Cities Prepare for Coming Defense Cuts

Cities and companies prepare for sequestration and the 2011 cuts, which could kill 1 million jobs.

Sequestration:  Nips and Tucks and Big Budget Cuts

An economics professor at George Mason University believes that the sequestration cuts should proceed as is, though with some restructuring.

Panetta: Allowing Sequester to Happen Would Be ‘Shameful’

Failing to avert the automatic spending cuts set to soon hit the Pentagon and other government agencies would be a “shameful” and “irresponsible” decision, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Navy’s $5 Billion Network Award Moved to May 2013

The Navy will delay awarding its Next-Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract, originally planned for February, so it can take more time to review bids from vendors, with an award now planned in May.

FedRAMP Certifies a Major Player

The General Services Administration has authorized CGI Federal, the second company to provide secure cloud products and services through the FedRAMP program.

GSA Goes Online to Teach Feds How to Travel

Stung by employee excesses at a Las Vegas conference last year, the General Services Administration is taking steps through online education to prevent a recurrence by its workers and those of other agencies as well.

Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevada Partnering on Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada announced that it is bringing in Lockheed Martin Space Systems to help with its Dream Chaser program, which is one of three remaining competitors in the bid for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Program, or CCiCap.

Showcasing the Best Government Data Sources

Building on President Barack Obama’s Digital Government Strategy, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program has launched an experimental one-page website that showcases “the very best” open data resources.

TSA was Largest Awarder and Computer Sciences Corp. was Biggest Receiver of DHS Service Contracts in 2012

DHS spent about $10.3 billion in service contracts during fiscal year 2012, including awards from TSA to separate vendors that accounted for four of the five largest individual contracts, and awards specifically received by Computer Sciences Corp.

SAIC Wins Up to $667 Million in Navy Contract

Congratulations to SAIC for winning a $667 million contract from the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) to provide technical systems and engineering support.

BAE Systems Pitches Eco-Friendly Tank to U.S. Army

BAE Systems is betting it’s found a design that will win over the Pentagon and the public: the world’s first green tank.

General Dynamics Wins Cryptographic Contract

Congratulations to General Dynamics for winning a $9.4 million firm-fixed-price contract to support the DoD’s Remote Rekey Modernization Program.

Northrop Grumman to Participate in 2013 Cowen and Company Aerospace and Defense Conference

Jim Palmer, corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation will speak at the Cowen and Company 34th Annual Aerospace and Defense Conference this Thursday, Feb. 7.

Fed 100 Winners Announced

Congratulations to all of the Fed 100 winners, announced by FCW last week.

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