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 new hashtag, #FedBuzz, for daily updates and join the conversation! Want to know what happened this week? Read on!
1. IBM Corp. is protesting recent awards given under the Veterans Affairs Department’s $12 billion Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Program, also known as T4. IBM previously filed a formal protest with the Government Accountability Office on the 2nd of August. This is the 10th protest to be filed against the T4 contract awards in recent months.
2. Congress is digging deeper into the recent McAfee’s report that uncovered one of the largest series of cyber espionage activities of all time. Representative Mary Bono Mack, the chairman of the House Commerce subcommittee, requested a detailed briefing of the extent, effects, and capabilities of the cyber attack in a letter sent yesterday to the report’s author, Dmitri Alperovitch.
3. The Labor Department invited public comment on a proposal to create a new information database of information on salaries, wages, and benefits offered by federal contractors and subcontractors. They are hoping to curb workplace discrimination by closely examining the given benefits. The proposed rule is still in the early planning stages, and aims to improve the working conditions of current employees of those in the contracting industry.
4. Sotera Defense Solutions is buying Software Technologies Inc., a company that works on cyber intelligence missions. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Sotera is earning about $35 million in new revenue and is broadening its customer base in the Fort Meade, MD area.
5. The White House is asking for ideas from the public to help make the government more transparent. Chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra asked for suggestions in a blog post, explaining that the national action plan would focus on improving public services and increasing public integrity. Advocates of “open government” have already drafted a long list of suggestions—from publishing detailed contract information online to making government officials’ schedules more accessible to the public.
6. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a pre-solicitation notice earlier this month for a series of contracts to support the agency’s virtual data center project. The recent posting on FedBizOpps included multiple draft requests aimed at both large and small vendors, including one used for hosting the data center itself and managing “all activities necessary to provide efficient, effective, and responsive application hosting services and data center infrastructure services.”
7. The Army has new, huge plans for renewable energy. Army Secretary, John McHugh, recently announced the creation of a new entity to manage the development of large-scale renewable energy projects. The Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will help the service meet its goal of using 25 percent renewable energy by the year 2025—a goal that will demand at least $7.1 billion in investments over the next decade.