Federal News Countdown: DoD budget cuts, cloud contracts

Friday - 9/16/2011, 4:25pm EDT

Federal News Countdown

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Today's Federal News Countdown guests are:
Dan Chenok, Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government
Wyatt Kash, Editorial Director, AOL Government

Dan Chenok's stories
#3 Military services see innovation as a way to cope with IT budget cuts
From NextGov:

Senior military technology leaders said they expect advances in thin-client computing, tiered data storage and other innovations in information management will help them achieve substantial savings to cope with inevitable budget cuts on the horizon.

#2 New program aims to bring in new tech workers
From Federal News Radio:

Starting in January, a new crop of technology experts are coming into government.

Building off the success of the Presidential Management Fellows program, the Chief Information Officer's Council today launched the Tech Fellows program.

#1 GSA contracts enable migration to cloud: Davie
From Federal Computer Week:

Procurement contracts available to federal agencies cover most, but not quite all, of what agencies need to buy products and services to migrate to the cloud, Mary Davie, assistant commissioner with the General Services Administration's Office of Integrated Technology Services, told a cloud computing conference.

Wyatt Kash's stories
#3 USPS plans to cut processing network in half
From Federal News Radio:

The struggling Postal Service is going forward with a plan to trim its processing centers by half to save up to $3 billion a year, even though the proposal would require job losses and reduced services.

#2 Coming Cuts May Put Services At Each Others Throats
From AOL Defense:

The Department of Defense faces the prospects of additional budget cuts on a scale that would swamp all efforts to avoid change. If the congressional Super Committee fails to find an acceptable solution, the Pentagon would have to cut $600 billion. This would mean cutting up to $100 billion from the fiscal 2013 budget alone.

#1 Disaster relief could complicate short-term funding measure
From Washington Post:

House Republicans late Wednesday introduced a short-term funding measure to keep the government running through mid-November. It appears designed to avoid the threat of a bitter partisan battle that could lead to a shutdown.