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. Don’t look now, but everybody (CIA, DHS, etc.) is watching
Why is it not surprising that CIA, DHS, FBI, and every other government agency is watching social media. Every person who believes themselves to be a somebody has a twitter and/or Facebook account. However, does the monitoring and analytics blur the privacy line?
2. Where’s the gold in the federal market?
The federal contractors budget for FY2013 may have decreased by $60 Billion, but there are plenty of opportunities still available. The focus for the new budget is on cybersecurity, command and control systems, modernization and sustainment, and IT infrastructure.
3. Elections could affect federal IT contract schedule
Depending on the results of the election, the contract schedule can change.
4. New guidelines make counterterrorism information more shareable
On March 22nd, the National Counter Terrorism Center, which serves as a terrorism data clearing house for the intelligence community, enacted new guidelines on the access, retention, use and dissemination of some information in federal datasets.
5. Inside NIST’s cybersecurity strategy
Join Kevin Stine, of the computer security division at NIST’s IT laboratory, as he discusses the threats and attacks that continue to grow and evolve and NIST’s strategy.
6. Even Googlers are losing faith in Google
One of Google’s own, Chief Internet Evangalist (and Internet inventor) Vint Cerf, has joined the growing chorus of voices warning of the possible end to Google’s dominance. “There’s nothing to stop someone from developing better technology than we have and to invent something even more powerful and efficient and effective,” Cerf said speaking at the National Media Museum.
7. GAO sting operation exposes pervasive counterfeit parts problem
Counterfeit electronic goods are readily attainable and pose a serious threat to users of U.S. weapons systems, including troops on the ground, according to the Government Accountability Office.
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