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. TSA Wants Spyware To Screen Eemployees’ Digital Activities For Leaks
The Transportation Security Administration is shopping for a computer program to snoop into the online activities of agency employees, including their keystrokes and emails, for signs of potential leaks, procurement documents reveal. TSA issued asolicitation for an “enterprise insider threat software package” Wednesday, the same day the Office of Special Counsel released a memorandum warning all agencies against targeted email monitoring. The memo followed a Food and Drug Administration retaliation case in which the agency allegedly spied on the private correspondence of whistleblowers.
2. U.K. communications surveillance bill draws criticism
Proposed legislation in the United Kingdom that would require Internet and telecommunications providers to store a year’s worth of metadata about customers’ usage–including geolocation data from mobile phones–and make it accessible to law enforcement and intelligence agencies is drawing criticism from privacy advocates on both sides of the Atlantic.
3. Can new mobile government plans overcome old problems?
The federal mobile strategy unveiled May 23 punctuated the digital change already afoot across the government, but will the new standards help agencies overcome age-old challenges?
4. DynCorp reorg fuels boom
Nearly two years after being acquired by Cerberus Capital Management, DynCorp International has been transformed into an almost totally different contractor, having reengineered its business processes, redesigned its corporate infrastructure and functional back office capabilities, implemented a market-capability focus to its business strategy and bolstered its supply chain function.
5. Public, private sector innovators convene for FedScoop’s first U.S. Innovation Summit
FedScoop held its first U.S. Innovation Summit Wednesday at the Newseum, drawing more than 500 attendees from government and industry to provide a platform for thought leaders to collaborate on the best ways to encourage public and private sector innovation.
6. Even dictators turn to Twitter
Remember about this time last year when the Taliban had its own Twitter account? They were using the service for a misinformation carpet bombing, sending dozens upon dozens of tweets out every day about how many vehicles they had successfully destroyed, despite the fact that no one else in the world was reporting anything similar.
7. Rural Broadband To Get Big Lift In Farm Bill
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