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. United States drops in global egovernment ranking
The UN Global E-Government Survey of 2012, released on March 6, ranked South Korea in first place, followed by the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Denmark and the United States, in that order. This is a significant drop in placement since 2 years ago where the US ranked #2.
2. Air Force considers dumping PCs for 1.2 million thin clients
In February we learned that the Air Force considered transitioning into iPads for their operations staff. Of course, this was for a different department. Now, the Air Force Space Command said in a request for information to industry released Thursday that a switch to thin or zero clients could cut operations and maintenance costs and improve security.
3. DOT seeks chief information security officer
We know that times are hard. So we wanted to share a great opportunity as the Department of Transportation is looking to hire a Chief Information Security Officer.
Read more about the position at: http://fedscoop.com/dot-seeks-chief-information-security-officer/
4. Women, minorities pay high price for procurement gains
According to a recent study by American Express, “Women and Minority Small Business Contractors: Divergent Paths to Equal Success,” measured that the annual investment made to seek federal contracts was 35 percent higher for minority or women contractors than for the average small firm with the same credentials. While small firms invested an average of $103,827 to secure a federal contract in 2010, the investment made by minority business owners averaged $139,709.
5. IT Dashboard gets new look
The website that was created to help make government contracting and spending more apparent has received a make over. Hopefully the new look will make the site more user friendly.
6. NSA: Smartphones can be secure by stripping away functionality
The National Security Agency has spent time and money on developing architecture that it has determined to be less cost effective for the government to use for smartphones. Therefore, the government will have to use commercially available smartphones. In order to use these commercial devices and make them secure, the device will no longer be able to complete most of it’s smart functionality, i.e. Bluetooth, GPS, or place calls to unsecured lines.
7. 3 Big Differences with Apple’s New iPad
As a company that discusses “All things social, mobile, and web,” I thought it was important to include one of the nation’s top stories. On Wednesday, March 7th, Apple released the “New iPad” which will have a greater display screen, smaller device, and faster processor. Is this exciting or what? The question that is on everyone’s mind is “Will the new iPad change the direction of the procurement as gov agencies move towards mobile/ tablet computing.” Read about the changes from the iPad 2 to the New iPad in this article.
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