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. All major federal agencies now using Twitter and YouTube
Every major federal agency is now using Twitter and YouTube and 23 of the 24 major agencies are on Facebook. The Nuclear Regulatory Agency — the only major agency reported as not using any of the three major social networking sites in a June 2011 report by the Government Accountability Office — joined Twitter in August 2011 and launched a YouTube page a month later, spokeswoman Holly Harrington said.
2. NASA unveils new initiatives around open source, open standards, outreach
NASA revealed a Open Government Plan 2.0 on April 9 that includes three significant commitments around open source and public engagement and a “flagship initiative” called the NASA Web Environment. The agency’s new plan “is meant to serve as a model–not a manual–for what an open government might look like,” said NASA’s Open Government Program Manager Nick Skytland in an April 9 blog post.
3. Feds work less, earn more than private-sector employees — or so people believe
A recent poll shows that most adult Americans believe government employees have an easier job and make more money compared with their industry counterparts.
4. Cloud computing gets more complicated, govvies say
The move to the cloud is not longer in question but that doesn’t make the technology a one-size fits all solution. In some ways, the decision to move to the cloud has gotten more complicated as federal CIOs learn about the nuances of cloud computing.
5. Schmidt: Cyber Key to National Economy
Speaking at the 2012 McAfee Public Sector Summit at the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton on Wednesday, Schmidt said $8 trillion in business is done over wireless networks each year and, last year, the holiday season saw a 17 percent increase in the amount of goods purchase online.
6. DARPA’s $2M challenge: Robots that drive, use tools, stop leaks
In the not-too distant future, putting out hazardous chemical fires, working on damaged nuclear reactors and other dangerous emergency response jobs may be handled by robots. The Defense Department’s cutting-edge research and development shop is looking for next-generation machines capable of working in a human environment by doing things such as driving vehicles, climbing ladders, handling power tools and turning pipe valves.
7. State-sponsored cyber spies want your Facebook status, researchers say
Facebook frequently takes flack for privacy invasions, but the next controversial byproduct of the social network may be cyber espionage, according to security researchers.
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