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. VA could give MS Office the boot
The Veteran Affairs department is currently searching for alternatives to their Microsoft Office Suites. Although the software has allowed for collaboration across the various units within VA, the department is looking into cloud based operations and software alternatives.
2. In case of emergency, send text (fire crews will get there sooner)
A new way to call for help! Fire crews in Farmington, New Mexico are using new computer-based dispatching service which sends the crew text alerts to their cell phones.
3. Pentagon plans $7 Million Real Life ‘Avatar’ Remake
The Pentagon is planning to remake the box office smash hit in order to “develop interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate.”
4. Air Force Special Operations cancels iPad buy
According to this article, there will not be any interagency collaboration with Russia because the Special Ops unit has canceled their request to buy iPads.
5. Political Campaigns to leverage mobile more in 2012
Thanks to the exploding use of mobile devices and ever increasing number of voting adults using this media, the trend of leveraging mobile outreach in political campaigns is projected to increase this year.
6. GSA to offer new way to buy complex services
The General Services Administration moves ahead with their innovative services contract, which offers a new approach to buying complex and integrated professional services.
7. The riskiest cities for cyber crimes: Where does your city rank?
According to Symantec’s Norton, Washington, DC has climbed to the top of the list of cities at risk of cyber crime.
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