This weekly blog pinpoints huge happenings in the world of Federal government contracting. Check out more on our Twitter account: @RIVA_solutions and search our hashtag #FedBuzz for the latest and greatest updates. Want to know what happened this week? Read on!
1. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has one cardinal rule for technology design: put humans first! He believes that “if the technology is the master of the human, then the human has to change his ways to use it,” and that is a “bad way to go.
2. Analysts often wonder what role the government should play when it comes to investing in entrepreneurial activity. Josh Lerner, a professor at the Harvard Business School, explained why there are often pitfalls when it comes to the federal government devoting millions—or billions—of dollars to promote venture capitalists.
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3. General Dynamics Corp. has acquired Network Connectivity Solutions Corp., a provider of enterprise services and cloud computing to the Defense Department. The McLean Group brokered the deal on behalf of Netconn. General Dynamics Corp. ranks number five on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 List of the largest federal government contractors.
4. Federal IT workers are now designing government mobile apps, and they are struggling to make sure that all apps are task-oriented and mission driven. Gwynne Kostin, the director of the General Services Administration’s Mobile Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, explained that Mobile Gov is “putting a focus on strategy.”
5. Cisco Systems Inc., the world’s largest maker of computer-networking gear, is cutting its work force by about 9% to reduce costs and raise profits as the company attempts to become more competitive. They are planning to cut 6,500 of its 73,000 worldwide employees. Two-thirds will come through layoffs, and the rest will come through an early retirement plan.
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6. Agilex hired Mark Scheffel for their newly created position of chief quality officer with the goal of directed efforts to partner more closely with its clients. He will serve as a member of the executive management team. He joins Agilex from Northrop Grumman Corporation.
7. The Defense Department and the Energy Department are now starting two new programs designed to help move the DoD above and beyond pertroleum-based fuels on both its installations and in its vehicles. The DoD accounts for 80% of the federal government’s energy use and about 1% of the nations overall energy use.
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