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. Harry Potter has valuable insight for government contractors? According to govwin.com, it teaches the importance of these 5 business principles: keep your friends/connections close, have a good mentor, you never know who may be your enemy, pay attention to your rivals, and an “invisibility cloak” shouldn’t distract a great leader. Not bad, eh?
2. The federal government pulled away from rewarding risky time-and-materials contract and have shifted to cost-reimbursement contracts. Cost-reimbursement contracts have climbed from $163.1 billion in 2009 to $162.2 billion in 2010.
3. The U.S. Geological Survey reportedly has almost 1,000 Aple iPad tablet computers on hand at any given time. The Army, NASA, State Department, Census Bureau and General Services Administration are some of the numerous government agencies that have adopted iPads for testing and office-based work tasks. The iPad is changing the way we work daily, be it in government or otherwise!
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4. The Defense Information Systems Agency is considering a new contract for implementing Oracle Financials. The project is part of the Defense Agencies Initiatives Global Model Solution. Responses are expected by noon on Friday, July 15th.
5. On July 11th, the amorphous Anti Security hacking campaign announced that it has broken into an unsecured server at government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. They reportedly copied about 90,000 military e-mails and password hashes, and made then available for download. The announcement gave no further details of the actions used to enter the system.
6. ITT Corp. has taken the next step in its plan to separate into three separate, publically traded companies. This government contractor announced on July 11th that it has filed a Form 10 Registration Statement with the SEC to split off its water-related businesses and ITT’s Defense and Information Solutions segment.
7. The White House’s campaign to trim duplicate federal websites got off to a rocky start last month, and CIO Vivek Kundra has explained that the goal is to improve online services and save money. This web reform is just getting stated and involves cutting more than 24,000 government websites.