Quick Hits

*** William Perry Pendley has served unlawfully for well over a year as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, a federal court ruled on Sept. 25. The decision bans Pendley from continuing to act as agency head. "Only the Secretary of the Interior can perform functions or duties of the BLM Director," Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Montana wrote in his decision. The question remains what decisions Pendley's made as agency head will be undone as a result of the ruling.

*** NASA has released the final solicitation for its $1.5 billion Advanced Enterprise Global Information Technology IT Solutions contract. Read more in Washington Technology.

*** The U.S. Coast Guard is looking to field handheld translators to communicate with vessel operators and passengers during maritime rescues. GCN has more.