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. FedRAMP begins application process
The Federal Risk Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is now taking applications for cloud service providers to begin their security assessment. But agencies shouldn’t expect cloud vendors to achieve approval to operate, or ATO, for several months.
2. Justice Department Program Will Make Smartcards Smarter
Within a few years, Justice Department employees should be able to swipe a government-issued biometric smartcard to open buildings, databases in the cloud and even iPhone apps with no need to enter multiple passwords, according to contractors rolling out the technology.
3. Can science and technology defeat Colombian drug cartels?
Despite having $1.3 billion to fund anti-narcotics operations in South America, Miami-based U.S. Southern Command has been facing shortages. Not in budget, though — in capabilities. A lack of good command and control systems, as well as deficient communications, particularly deep in the jungles of Colombia, have hampered efforts to fight narcotics traffickers.
4. How BlackBerry holds onto government users
Despite competition nibbling away at its market share, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion continues to dominate a major chunk of the federal mobile device market, particularly because of BlackBerry’s built-in security features. But to remain relevant in a quickly changing market, the company is also deploying its own multiplatform management services.
5. Why the FBI wants IPv6: It’s better for tracking criminals
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. Air Force takes corrective action, reopens bidding on NetCents 2
The Air Force has reopened the bidding for its $6.9 billion Network Centric Solutions-2 products contract, according to an announcement on the FedBizOps website.
7. Is GitHub government’s next big thing?
With recent attempts from the White House to bring a more agile approach to government technology, U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s “Shared First” initiative, released in December, coupled with the federal government’s new digital strategy, the door may slowly be opening to a more widespread public sector collaborative coding environment, such as the one provide by San Francisco-based startup GitHub.
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