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Plan to prevent sequestration unlikely before election

Every day that passes brings your agency a bit closer to automatic spending cuts under sequestration. If Congress can't figure something else out, the process of reducing spending by $1.2 trillion over 10 years will start, with the 2013 budget. But any deal to avoid sequestration probably won't happen anytime before the election, said Erik Wasson, reporter for the Hill newspaper

Tags: Erik Wasson , The Hill , Congress , sequestration , budget , Norm Dicks , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 11:13am EST
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DISA pushes efficiency, security virtues of DoD private cloud

DoD dollars are coming down, and cyber threats are rising. The Defense Information Systems Agency says the enterprise services it's trying to build for the entire military are one answer to both problems.

Tags: DISA , cloud computing , technology , enterprise IT , enterprise email , Mark Orndorff , Tony Montemarano , Alfred Rivera , David Mihelcic , Jared Serbu , cybersecurity , AFCEA ,

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 05:24am EST
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Can commercial satellite services help your agency?

Kay Sears, president of Intelsat General Corporation, will talk about how the federal communications marketplace is changing.
January 17, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , Kay Sears , Intelsat General Corporation , communications , commercial satellite services , hosted payloads , Roger Waldron , Off the Shelf

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 06:15pm EST
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Website, job fair help veterans secure employment

Veterans can use the VA for Vets to gain career advice and get help on how to find a job. The website is also sponsoring a Jan. 18 veterans-only job fair at the Washington Convention Center.

Tags: VA for Vets , John Sepulveda , Veteran Affairs , job advice , job fair , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 10:27am EST
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Senate bill to improve adoptions of military dogs

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will introduce legislation to create a non-profit for adopting military dogs once they retire.

Tags: Richard Blumenthal , military dogs , Congress

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 08:33am EST

Malware targets DoD smart cards

AlienVault Labs said it has found evidence of a trojan that tries to compromise the standard authentication cards, by working its way into the card readers.

Tags: AlienVault Labs , Cybersecurity Update , technology , smartcards , malware , Federal Drive , Info Security Magazine

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 08:01am EST

Report: DoD bases potential hotbeds for solar development

A new Defense Department report finds solar-power development on military bases and installations in the Western United States could generate as much solar energy as seven nuclear power plants. By working with private industry and renting out unused land on bases to serve as energy testbeds, the department could reap as much as $100 in revenue and reduced energy costs and rent payments. DoD spends $4 billion a year on energy costs.

Tags: electric grid , technology , Federal Drive , DoD Report , Katherine Hammack , Energy , solar power , ICF International , Army , renewable energy

Monday - 01/16/2012, 08:08am EST

Will tighter defense budget bring contracts back in house?

Jacques Gansler, former undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss competition in contracting, including in-sourcing and A-76 public-private contracts.

Tags: Jacques Gansler , contracting , acquisition , industry , In Depth , Francis Rose , Circular A-76

Monday - 01/16/2012, 04:16pm EST
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What has the Army learned in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Col. Thomas Roe, director of the Center for Army Lessons Learned, offers insight on how the Army takes what it has learned from fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq and is applying it to future conflicts.

Tags: Thomas Roe , Army , Center for Army Lessons Learned , Iraq and Afghanistan , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell , IEDs

Monday - 01/16/2012, 12:03pm EST
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