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. Officially extinct, NASA pulls plug on its last mainframe
NASA, its time for an upgrade! On February 14th, NASA shut down the final mainframe computer the IBM Z9 in order to make way for the future. Although it is sad to see such technology go, it is exciting to see what is to come next.
2. Pentagon expects to soon clear Apple, Android devices
The Department of Defense’s chief information officer recently stated that they will soon adopt use of commercial tablets for missions. (How exciting!) The department is scheduled to release the guidelines of use this summer.
3. Cyber security becomes high priority in budget requests
As you have probably read from a multitude of tweets, cyber security budget requests increased significantly for the 2013 Fiscal year. Even with the cutbacks, DOD and many other departments have requested increased amounts for the cyber security budgets to assist in the movement to cloud and protect against threats. Good Luck since the outlined areas of interest are Clean Energy, wireless communication, smart infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing.
4. Are you ready for the new realities of contracting?
There are several changes happening in government contracting, where contractors are facing an even tougher economy. As the government is refocusing, they are adding new requirements to agreements such as contractor liability for defective parts and a few others. It is a movement from a “Buyer Beware” to “Contractor Beware!”
5. NOAA switching from BlackBerrys to iPhones, iPads
While the Pentagon is making plans to switch, the NOAA is acting on it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is joining the ranks of so many others that are foregoing the older technology and starting to use Apple products. They will be supporting their BlackBerrys until May.
6. NTIA finds LightSquared and GPS are incompatible, FCC blocks network
Have you heard about the new LightSquared network? Did you know that they have been blocked by the FCC, which will prevent them from being able to release their product to the market? Why? Because the signal that LightSquared uses interferes with the GPS signal. Although the company has created a filter which prevents interference, the NTIA has released a statement to the FCC stating that it is not cost-effective to place a filter on established GPS devices.
Read more at: http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20120214_7626.php?oref=mostread
7. Federal CIO details federal IT forecast
The biggest news of the week has been the 2013 budget. In this article, you will be able to learn more as to why this has been an important topic. Learn about how the IT budget for agencies might have caused some concerns over the past few years or how the administration is pushing for fiscal responsibility.
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