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. Lockheed Martin Wins $496 Million Contract With Justice, U.S. Marcshals
Lockheed Martin was selected to provide security and information technology services to the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Marshals Service for a seven-year contract worth up to $496 million, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed.
2. Backdoor in chip used by military: Blame software, not China
The recent discovery by British researchers of an intentionally placed backdoor in U.S. chips used in defense and industrial systems set off a brief frenzy of finger-pointing toward China, with claims that Chinese manufacturers were prepping the chips for a series of Stuxnet-type attacks on U.S. systems.
3. 54 contractors named to $20B CIO-SP3 contract
The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) has named 54 companies to its Chief Information Officers-Solutions and Partners 3 governmentwide acquisition contract with a ceiling of $20 billion.
4. DOD, Navy developing pirate-fighting apps
In the ongoing global fight against pirates, the Defense Department is looking to develop apps that will help target threats on the high seas, according to a release from DOD’s Armed with Science blog.
5. White House launches botnet attack group
The White House launched a new initiative Wednesday to combat botnets by creating a public-private partnership between the between the White House Cybersecurity Office and the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security, who coordinate with private industry to lead the Industry Botnet Group.
6. The Digital Government Strategy sounds great, but will it work? What the rise of social media means for gov’t
We’ve been talking a lot about the Obama administration’s Digital Government Strategy in part because technology is really chainging how people deal with government. But it’s also important to get insights about how feasible this strategy actually is. Will it work?
7. NIST: Cloud reliability, information security remain ‘open issues’
A new publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology summarizes major classes of cloud computing technology and their benefits, but also notes 23 “open issues” regarding the cloud computing technology overall.
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