Lucrative Saudi Lobbying Ties Fray as Anger Over Khashoggi Rises

Saudi Arabia faces a reckoning in Washington over the disappearance and possible slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with high-profile lobbying firms hired to burnish the country’s image now distancing themselves from the kingdom.

Special Ops $350M Training Competition Details Out

FY 2019 Army Budget and Opportunities: Event Replay

The U.S. Army’s budgets and programs are focused on high-end combat capabilities with near-peer adversaries. While upgrades to its existing systems will be the short-term trend, investments in cutting-edge technologies — offensive and defensive cyber, artificial intelligence and autonomy — will become increasingly important.

DISA Releases $6.5 Billion IT Final Request for Proposal: Top 20

The Defense Information Systems Agency released a final request for proposal on Oct. 11 for a 10-year $6.5 billion single-award contract known as Global Solutions Management - Operations II (GSM-O II).

Battelle Energy Suit Ends in U.S. Bid to Maintain Good Relations

A district court granted the government’s wish to end a whistleblower’s false claims case against TerraPower LLC and Battelle Energy Alliance LLC, two Energy Department contractors. The companies are carrying out a contract with a maximum value of $21 billion to operate an Idaho nuclear research facility.

(Bloomberg) — 
President Trump has “determined that for 2019, both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero,” according to letter from the president to Congress.

  • “In light of our nation’s fiscal situation, Federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets,” Trump says in letter
    • “These alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce,” Trump writes; says federal employee pay must be performance-based and aligned toward recruiting, retaining, rewarding “high-performing” workers and those with “critical skill sets”
    • Letter says adjustments take effect in first pay period on or after Jan. 1, 2019
  • NOTE: Trump called for a pay freeze for federal workers in his FY19 budget proposal but also for a $1b workforce fund that would be used to recruit and retain high performers in critical fields across the government

New No.1 Secret-Money Spender Wants to Flip Senate for Democrats

Buying $20 million in advertising in one short month was enough to make a group backing Democratic candidates the new No. 1 among campaign bankrollers that keep their money sources secret. The Democratic-allied nonprofit Majority Forward has bought nearly $30 million worth of campaign ads this year, surpassing similar groups helping Republicans.

SSA Seeks Small-Business IT to Support Aging ‘Boomers’

As more “Baby Boomers” leave the workforce, the Social Security Administration is seeking small IT vendors to support one of the nation’s largest social welfare programs. SSA posted a request for proposal for a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract known as Enterprise Small Business IT Support Services, or ESBITSS, on Oct. 4. The contract will support the modernization of the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program, which provides financial assistance to elderly, blind, or disabled adults, and disadvantaged children.