7 Trending Topics in Federal Government Contracting! 03/15/12

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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. DARPA chief steps down for executive job at Google

GSA LogoRegina Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, will soon leave the agency for a senior executive position at Google, Wired’s Danger Room blog reported Monday.

Read more at: http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20120312_2589.php?oref=mostread

2. Next-Gen Police Car Takes Shot from Uncle Sam

Next-GenThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) denied Carbon Motors’ application for funding under the federal Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program this week, casting doubt on whether the company’s next-gen E7 police cruiser will be built.

Read more at: http://www.govtech.com/technology/Next-Gen-Police-Car-Takes-Shot-from-Uncle-Sam.html

3. DoD finalizes cybersecurity scholarship program

Retention and recruitment of cybersecurity professionals through scholarship incentives should become a primary method for ensuring the Defense Department has skills on tap, according to a final rule outlining a DoD information assurance scholarship program published March 14 in the Federal Register.

Read more at: http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/dod-finalizes-cybersecurity-scholarship-program/2012-03-14

4. Cybersecurity vs. FOIA: Can Congress find a balance?

Cybersecurity legislation pending in Congress exempts business information from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, but balancing the public’s right to know with needs of cybersecurity could be a difficult job for lawmakers.

Read more at: http://gcn.com/articles/2012/03/13/cybersecurity-vs-foia-protecting-sensitive-data.aspx

5. NASA helps launch Angry Birds Space game

Looking for ways to attract new audiences to its space and technology mission a year ago, NASA saw a prime opportunity to fly with some hugely popular birds. And now the results of NASA’s innovative collaboration with mobile game company Rovio Entertainment is approaching lift-off: the Angry Birds Space game created by Rovio with NASA’s cooperation debuts on March 22.

Read more at: http://fcw.com/articles/2012/03/13/nasa-angry-birds.aspx

6. TechAmerica taps industry veteran as new president, CEO

TechAmerica today named Shawn Osborne its new president and CEO. He assumes his duties immediately.

7. FBI nets cyber informants with hacktivist sting

As hackers are having a change of heart about future hacker plans, the FBI is turning the hackers into consultants/ informants. This should make everyone feel safer, right?

Read more at: http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20120309_2012.php?oref=mostread

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