7 Trending Topics in Federal Government Contracting! 02/23/12


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

Embassy LogoThe 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.

Read more at: http://fcw.com/articles/2012/02/21/va-exploring-alternatives-to-microsoft-office-software.aspx

2. In case of emergency, send text (fire crews will get there sooner)

DOD LogoA 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.

Read more at: http://gcn.com/articles/2012/02/27/text-messaging-speeds-emergency-response.aspx

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.”

Read more at: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/02/pentagon-plans-7-million-real-life-avatar-remake/48992/

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.

Read more at: http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20120221_7036.php?oref=mostread

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.

Read more at: http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/political-campaigns-leverage-mobile-more-2012/2012-02-22

6. GSA to offer new way to buy complex services

GSA LogoThe General Services Administration moves ahead with their innovative services contract, which offers a new approach to buying complex and integrated professional services.

Read more at: http://fcw.com/articles/2012/02/21/gsa-integrations-program.aspx

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.

Read more at: http://gcn.com/articles/2012/02/17/riskiest-us-cities-for-cyber-crime.aspx

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