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. Policy Would Require Agencies To Patch Cybersecurity Holes Within 72 Hours of Discovery
The Homeland Security Department later this month will present to federal computer contractors and remote cloud suppliers standards for finding and fixing cyber threats within 72 hours, DHS officials announced on Thursday.
2. Senators urge action on cybersecurity bill
A cybersecurity bill sponsored by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) is getting the full-court press from the lawmakers themselves and bill supporters.
3. 10 named to $775M Marines hardware award
Ten companies have won places on the five-year Marine Corps Common Hardware Suite contract and will vie for delivery orders that have a ceiling value of $775 million, according to a Navy Department announcement.
4. Can you really trust claims about federal pay?
Federal pay has never been a straightforward issue, but as many members of Congress and the presidential administration propose freezing, cutting or otherwise changing federal salaries in the name of deficit reduction, it is an important one.
5. State picks Amazon’s Kindle Touch over iPad
The State Department is taking sides in the ongoing tablet wars, choosing Amazon’s Kindle over the Apple iPad for its overseas language education programs, Venture Beat reports.
6. NSA Chief Endorses the Cloud for Classified Military Cyber Program
The cloud will be a logical place for sharing classified intelligence on cyber threats with critical industries as the Defense Department presses ahead on an attack-prevention program it recently opened to all defense contractors.
7. Sivak named new HHS CTO
The Department of Health and Human Services has named Brian Sivak as the department’s next chief technology officer. Sivak will join HHS next month and also serve as tech entrepreneur-in-residence.
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