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. The Government Accountability Office is considering multiple cloud computing options. They recently issued a formal request for information on cloud services as they move to upgrade and enhance their IT systems in the current tight-budgeted times. GAO noted its multiple locations in the U.S., its massive amounts of data, and overall security as three of the main issues that vendors should cover when submitting formal responses to the agency.
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2. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants a new Social Network Strategy! DARPA is seeking approaches that go above and beyond evolutionary improvements to existing systems and practices in social networking. Alternatively, the agency seeks a revolutionary idea that will measure and track the formation and spread of ideas and memes, recognize emerging patterns of persuasion across communities, and identify the effects of these persuasion campaigns and counter them with the defense’s own influence operations.
3. According to speakers are the Coalition for Government Procurement, during the last quarter of fiscal 2011 government agencies have $120 billion to spend; that’s $5 billion more than last year. Panelists at Deltek’s GovWin Blog have reportedly blamed the compressed procurement time frame due to the late passage of the fiscal 2011 budget. Agencies are moving to spend the money before it’s taken away, and the GSA is seeing an uptick in contract volumes.
4. Lockheed Martin Corp. and OnStar are both asking the Federal Communications Commission to deny the latest plan released by LightSquared. This plan would operate a national broadband network of frequencies near the band used by GPS navigation systems, due to interference problems. Lockheed currently operates a satellite system for the Federal Aviation Administration that boosts GPS accuracy; OnStar has installed GPS-based navigation systems in over 6 million vehicles. LightSquared and its predecessor companies operate a satellite based mobile communications system on frequencies near the GPS band.
5. Hacker groups “Anonymous” and “LulzSec” may need to be monitored more closely in the event that they are assisted by other hackers with elevated skill levels and decide to attack a critical infrastructure. This warning was issued from the National CyberSecurity and Communications Integration Center, a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Both of these groups have wreaked havoc against government business websites and servers nationwide.
6. Incoming federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s goal in office is to consolidate and carry through on program developments initiated by his predecessor. This goal supersedes the goal of launching major new initiatives. The White House announced that VanRoekel’s appointment to the government’s top technology post early on Thursday. He will replace the nation’s first federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, who will officially leave office August 12th to take a fellowship at Harvard University.
7. Federal agencies’ search for IT tools to combat waste and fraud in the government is about to go online. The Recovery.gov oversight board is preparing to sponsor an online think-tank on technologies and techniques to further safeguard taxpayer funds, and they’re looking for some help from an established vendor. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board intend to publish a solicitation for a contractor to assist in hosting a live online public dialogue on technologies for fighting fraud and waste.