Weekly 7 Trending Topics in Federal Government Contracting! 06/29/12

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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. The 10 best federal mobile apps

The Obama administration recently ordered all federal agencies to begin making at least two apps as part of its recently unveiled digital government plan, in which it called for “a 21st century platform to better serve the American people.” Some agencies are ahead of the curve and already have apps in place that are doing just that, with new ones being launched almost every week. GCN spent the last month going over them all to identify and rank the 10 best government apps designed for citizens based on their helpfulness, ease of use and the intangible but all-important coolness factor.

Read more at: http://gcn.com/articles/2012/07/16/agencies-build-digital-government-with-apps.aspx

 2. 10 trends shaping the federal IT future

Deloitte Consulting’s newly released report, “Technology Trends 2012: A Federal Perspective,” outlines the top trends influencing IT and its potential to change the ways in which agencies accomplish their missions. Specifically, it highlights 10 technology trends will play a major role in how federal agencies operate over the next 18 to 36 months.

Read more at: http://fcw.com/articles/2012/06/26/deloitte-factors.aspx

3. IG Finds Unauthorized E-Readers, Thumb Drives, GPS on Homeland Security Networks

Homeland Security Department employees are logging on to DHS networks with their unapproved Global Positioning System units, e-readers and other electronics and failing to regularly encrypt sensitive data on government-issued Android devices, according to the department’s inspector general.

Read more at: http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2012/06/ig-finds-unauthorized-e-readers-thumb-drives-gps-homeland-security-networks/56510/?oref=ng-HPtopstory

4. 12 small firms to vie for $960M in AF contracts

The Air Force has awarded $960 million in contracts to 12 small businesses that will make it quicker and easier for warfighters to obtain innovative IT services and capabilities covering the full spectrum of operations and missions, the service said.

Read more at: http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2012/06/26/12-on-af-small-biz-awards.aspx?admgarea=TC_DEFENSE

5. DHS to set up continuous monitoring at civilian agencies

The Homeland Security Department will take a yet more active role in federal civilian agencies’ cybersecurity efforts, the department announced June 25 in briefings to civil servants and the private sector.

Read more at:  http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/dhs-set-continuous-monitoring-civilian-agencies/2012-06-28#ixzz1zAsmaPeS

6. Park, VanRoekel on unlocking government’s ‘innovation mojo’

U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel and Chief Technology Officer Todd Park discuss government innovation with FedScoopTV. Park and VanRoekel touch on the White House Presidential Fellows Program, open data, mobile, consumerization of technology and changing the culture of government.

Read more at: http://fedscoop.com/park-vanroekel-on-unlocking-governments-innovation-mojo-video/

7. Budget pressures, workforce woes and cyber threats converge

Budget cuts are pervasive, and the IT workplace is at a crossroads with a retiring generation of baby boomers and a limited supply of highly specialized talent. Industry experts say it’s a perfect storm of vulnerabilities.

Read more at: http://fcw.com/articles/2012/06/30/home-page-federal-it-cyber-skill-shortage.aspx


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