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. Research Shows Major Shift In Feds’ Blackberry Use
iPhone touch-screens are commandeering BlackBerry thumbs across government, according to new studies. But replacing the only government-certified smartphone with consumer electronics is forcing federal chief information officers to rethink mobile security and contracting.
2. A peek inside USDA’s massive digital library project
After bringing together seven legacy platforms–some utilizing systems that date back to the 1980’s–USDA’s DigiTop e-world houses a total of 43,506,532 records. DigiTop will allow users to search citation databases, full-text journals, directories, books, newspapers, and economic, political and business information, said Stan Kosecki, head of the information services and collections branch of the national agriculture library.
3. DOD moves to change rules for buying commercial products
Commercial of-a-type purchases were designed to make it easier for the government to buy everyday items similar to those sold in the private sector, but abuse of the system is driving the Defense Department to push for a change in the rules.
4. Protests lead to NetCents redo
The Air Force has asked the Government Accountability Office to dismiss a group of bid protests over its recent NetCents II awards because the service is rethinking its award decisions.
5. 9 top tablets graded for government
The tablet computer market is exploding. But not all tablets are created equal, or for the same purpose. Some are great for entertainment but not so good for conducting business. For a government agency to feel comfortable deploying a tablet, it needs to have several features, the most important of which is security.
6. NOAA Seeks CFO
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking for a chief financial officer. The position pays between $119,554 and $179,700 per year and is open for applications until June 4.
Read more at: http://fedscoop.com/noaa-seeks-cfo/
7. Interior Awards $35M Cloud Email Contract to Google Vendor
The Interior Department late Monday awarded a $35 million contract to Onix Networking Corps. to move Interior’s 90,000 employees to the cloud-based Google Apps for Government email system.
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