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FCW : July 30, 2013
Funding season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, with appropriations sub- committees in both chambers passing spending bills to fund the government in scal 2014. But the urry of activity is not being mistaken for movement by Congress watchers. The gap between what the Republi- can-led House and the Democratic-led Senate want to spend on discretion- ary programs is approaching $100 billion. Although the differences between the two parties are not irreconcilable, there is almost no chance of a compromise before the current continuing resolu- tion funding the government expires on Sept. 30. Congress faces a few options at the end of the s- cal year, but most probably, it will fund the government through the calendar year with a short-term continuing resolu- tion at levels required under the Bud- get Control Act. After that, lawmak- ers could turn to a full-year continuing resolution for 2014. The sequester sets discretionary spending caps for 2014 at $966 billion --- slightly higher than 2013 levels. Any 2014 budget: A season of gridlock FCW CALENDAR Virtualization The State Department s Ray Brow and a host of private-sector experts will discuss the challenges of managing agencies virtual environments at this Tech Essentials brie ng, sponsored by FCW s sister publication GCN. Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/GCN_virtual will be spent on IT by the U.S. public and private sectors in 2013 and $875 billion in 2014, Forrester Research said $819B Trending appropriation that Congress passes above that amount without revoking sequestration would be subject to cuts. Republicans are seeking to fund the government at sequestration levels, while Senate Democrats have allocated $1.058 trillion for appropriations bills. If scal 2014 turns out, as expected, to be another year of belt-tightening under the rigors of cuts required under the Budget Control Act, contractors will at least be prepared, said Kevin Plexico, vice president of information solutions at Deltek. He added that the sequestration cuts for scal 2013 were not implemented the way they were originally spelled out, with agencies having some mea- sure of exibility to direct cuts where they wanted. "This lessened the impact from what it would have been, and I think contractors have bene ted from that," Plexico told FCW. He said that for contractors, cer- tainty about a full year of sequestra- tion is on some level preferable to the uncertainty that attended last year's budget talks. "Last year, we thought that we had to avoid seques- ter or the sky would fall," he said. "Then the sky fell, and it wasn't as bad as we thought it would be." It's unclear what spend- ing will look like if seques- tration becomes a per- manent fixture of the federal budget. Agencies took advantage of a lot of one-off savings opportuni- ties in 2013 that won't be available in the future. Erica McCann, manager of public-sector pro- curement policy at trade group Tech- America, said she is concerned that the true impact of the Budget Control Act has yet to be felt. "Everyone seems to be operating at Cyber intelligence Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) are among the speakers at this AFCEA conference on the role of intelligence in the cyber domain. Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/oqutec July 30, 2013 FCW.COM 3 8/8 7/30-31 SHUTTERSTOCK Cybersecurity The 22nd annual USENIX Security Symposium will feature Edward Felten, director of the Center for IT Policy at Princeton, and Andy Ozment, senior director of cybersecurity at the White House. Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/wubiba 8/14-16 Continued on Page 6
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