Federal I.T.
GAO critical of Pentagon’s satellite control networks

The Government Accountability Office said in a new report that the Pentagon is increasingly using stand-alone satellite control networks, which operate a single satellite system, rather than using shared systems that can operate multiple kinds of satellites.

As a result, the GAO found, the Defense Department is paying more and potentially creating redundancies. The report found that the GAO could adopt commercial practices, such as making the networks interoperable and automating routine functions, to save money.

The GAO recommended that government buyers of future satellite programs analyze whether it makes more sense to use a dedicated network for satellite control or rely on a shared system.

— Marjorie Censer

Columbia firm inks deal with Marriott

Columbia-based Micros, a provider of reservation and cash register systems for the hospitality and retail industries, said last week it signed a deal with Marriott International for the hotelier to use its property management system at its 3,800 locations worldwide.

The company’s cloud-based OPERA Property Management System helps hotels manage daily activities such as reservations, accounting and billing.

Micros provides similar technology to more than 30,000 hotels around the globe, the company said. Its systems can also be found in quick-service restaurants, casinos, entertainment venues and retail operations.

Bethesda-based Marriott, one of the nation’s largest hotel operators, manages properties in 74 countries, according to the company.

— Steven Overly