With 2013 officially behind us, now is the time to look ahead. We are entering 2014 with a bi-partisan budget deal and cyber needs continue to grow for federal agencies. In addition, DAPRA announced the winner of a new robotic challenge, and the federal emergency alert system may be replaced. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Annual Defense Bill
President Barack Obama signed a compromise budget that averts another government shutdown and a defense bill that provides base a budget of $526.8 billion in 2014.
Cyber Pro Numbers Set To Grow
Despite the otherwise lean budgets expected for the next few years, military branches including U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy plan to increase the numbers of cybersecurity experts in their ranks. Civilian agencies will likely follow in the military’s footsteps.
Air Force Signs On With OASIS
The Air Force has officially signed on with GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services and its companion OASIS Small Business contracts.
Labs Look To Go Private With Cyber Defenses
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Division is looking for industry help for commercializing key cyber-defense technologies developed by some of the world’s premier research labs.
Emergency Alert System May Go Commercial
Federal emergency managers are considering replacing their current custom built system for notifying the public about emergencies with a commercial alternative, contracting documents show.
DARPA Contest Lets Robots Compete to Save Humanity From Itself
15 teams competed in a robotics challenge sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA. The competition’s goal was to incentivize the development of robotic technology that could save lives in emergency situations.