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. Contracting reforms could come in the next defense authorization bill
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), chairman of the Small Business Committee, said he would like several small-business contracting reforms, including a proposal to boost the annual small business contracting goal, in the new defense authorization bill.
2. Air Force awards nearly $7 billion in network hardware contracts
The Air Force on Monday awarded to nine companies contracts valued at a total of $6.9 billion over 10 years for network hardware, servers, storage and biometric systems for identity management. The winning companies of the fixed-price, indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contracts have the right to compete for task orders on the Air Force Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS 2 )contract.
3. 30 win $3B Secret Service contract
The Homeland Security Department has named 30 companies to its multiple-award contract worth a potential $3 billion to provide tactical communications equipment to the Secret Service.
4. White House emphasizes need for privacy protection in cybersecurity bills
In what’s being widely perceived as a statement in opposition of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a National Security Council spokeswoman says the White House wants to ensure that cybersecurity legislation includes “robust safeguards to preserve the privacy and civil liberties of our citizens.”
5. Army: 8 Tips for Facebook Timeline
The U.S. Army released a social media guide that offers eight tips for populating agency Facebook pages.
6. Meet the evangelists of interacting in Gov 2.0 style
In the quest to find new ways for industry and government to interact in a positive, productive manner, two leaders at the General Services Administration have created a platform called, appropriately enough, Interact. GSA’s Luis Medina, digital marketing manager, and Charley Schollaert, digital outreach manager, created the online community to give government and industry officials a place to share information and ideas in a 2.0 kind of way. They launched the site in 2010, and it now has 6,500 registered participants.
7. Former Dell Services leader launches new company
A trio of IT industry veterans formally unveiled April 16 their new venture, Spear Inc., and the company’s website. Richard Pineda, Gino Antonelli and Noel Samuel established Spear in February as a small business that could bring extensive industry experience and expertise to federal agencies, according to the April 16 announcement. The new company will offer professional IT solutions, consulting and business process outsourcing services to federal clients and business partners.
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