Tom Sharpe, the senior procurement executive of the Treasury Department and long-time federal acquisition expert, has been named the new commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service. Sharpe replaces Steve Kempf, who left in July to take long-term medical leave, as the head of GSA’s acquisition department.
Guidance from the administration on what steps federal agencies should take to prepare for potential across-the-board budget cuts has set off a war of words between federal-employee unions and industry groups.
General Dynamics Wednesday reported fourth quarter earnings that missed analyst estimates and shares fell. Further, revenue came in short of analyst projections for the quarter and the company guided well below forecasts for the full year 2013. Shares moved sharply lower on the news.
With Congress facing an impasse over new legislation to strengthen the country’s defenses against cyberattacks, President Obama is widely expected to issue an executive order mandating new cybersecurity provisions.
There is no shortage of problems for President Obama and the new Congress to tackle as they settle into their offices in Washington, D.C., this week, and one of the topics that’s at the top of that list is cybersecurity. Earlier this week a group of Democratic senators introduced a new cybersecurity bill, and now Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is taking to the stump, saying that new legislation is required to prevent a “cyber 9/11.”