This weekly blog pinpoints huge happenings in the world of Federal government contracting. Check out more on our Twitter account: #riva_solutions. Want to know what happened this week? Read on!
1) The State Department has developed a new free mobile application called “Smart Traveler.” This application is designed for U.S. travelers going abroad. It provides them with updated travel warnings, alerts, U.S. embassy locations, and customized e-itineraries. This app is compatible with all smart phones, the iPod Touch, and the iPad. Katie Dowd, the new media director for the department, posted on Twitter that the app has been downloaded over 5,000 times in the last 3 days.
2) The federal government may create a separate Internet domain for the private sector. All addresses under this domain would be subject to monitoring by the government for cyber threats. This idea is “under great discussion among interagency groups that work on these issues,” said Ari Schwartz, the Internet poicy advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
3) The Social Security Administration has created a new mobile application to help parents choose a name for their new baby. The app, called “Baby Name Playroom”, is available free ar the Apple iTunes online store. With this app, users can browse through more than 45,000 names and compile lists of their favorites. This app works on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad.
4) An online survey of 646 information technology professionals revealed that security remains the largest concern to public cloud adoption among government and higher education professionals. 50.5 percent of survey participants chose “security” as the biggest barrier to public cloud adoption.
5) Government leaders are still resistant to employees accessing social media in the workplace. There is no way to control messages in today’s new-media environment, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead encourages government leaders to give up that illusion. He says, “the organization’s voice is just one of many consistently touching on subjects of core interest to its identity and activities…it would be a strategic error at the most basic nature to not do everything you can to empower your workforce to communicate on behalf of the organization.”
6) The Senate Armed Services Committee has identifies $6.4 billion in savings in its recent markup of the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill. This markup includes the major cuts to the acquisition of contract services and military construction and family housing. This bill approves $682.5 billion for national defense programs.
7) Information Technology controls allowing iPads to be used at the Veterans Affairs Department should be in place by October 1st. A presentation is due to be delivered on June 9th by Charles De Sanno, the VA director for enterprise infrastructure engineering and enterprise operations/field development.