Posts from GovCon Daily for 05/06/2015

May 6 Market Close: GovCon Index, US Stock Losses Deepen on Job Estimates

The GovCon Index declined for the second consecutive day Wednesday to record a loss of 0.155 points and close at 73.147. Health Net (NYSE: HNT) led gainers in the Index at 1.81 percent after the company reported a 28-percent revenue increase year-over-year for its fiscal year 2015 first quarter…
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OMB Director Shaun Donovan Sends 2017 Budget Guidance to Federal Agencies

Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget, has instructed federal agencies to plan for a 5 percent reduction in their discretionary spending for fiscal year 2017, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday…
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Airbus-Cisco Consortium to Pursue Defense, Security, SATCOM Sectors; Wendy Mars Comments

Airbus and Cisco have moved to integrate their technology offerings in the defense, security and satellite communication areas in a new global partnership. Airbus said Wednesday it will have access to Cisco’s networking, design and engineering systems, as well as sales and technology training programs, go-to-market activities and joint service development under the agreement…
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Senate Bill Seeks to Encourage Federal Investment in ‘Smart’ Building Tech

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) has introduced a bill to promote the use of automated energy management systems in federal buildings, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Mohana Ravindranath writes the Smart Building Acceleration Act calls for the U…
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Katherine Archuleta: OPM Authorizes Non-Competitive Hiring of Potential Digital Service Employees

Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, has announced OPM is allowing other federal agencies to use an excepted-service hiring process to employ professionals for their digital service teams…
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GAO: Navy Needs to Balance UCLASS Program Budget, Requirements

The Government Accountability Office has advised the U.S. Navy to review funding and technology resources for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance Strike aircraft development program. GAO said Monday the delay of Navy’s UCLASS program was caused by a debate over whether the future carrier-based drone’s primary mission should be surveillance or strike…
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