Hello to all you govies and industry folks alike. The furlough/ government shutdown has caused a few of you to miss out on the latest news in government contracting. So we are bringing you the line-up of the tops stories.
Be careful visiting those .Gov websites. The furlough has caused security holes in websites that can allow hackers to take your information from user submitted forms.
If you don’t believe me, read this article on NextGov.
2. Defense Department confirms contractors will receive late payments
I hope you weren’t dependent on that check! The Defense Department has confirmed that contractors will receive late payments as a result of the government shutdown, according to FedBiz.
Learn more about these late payments on Washington Technology.
Unified computing platforms allow agency IT professionals to roll out new systems faster and at a lower cost. An example of this is NASA. At NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the IT department improve performance by running servers, network switches and storage on one backplane.
Here is more information about unified computing plaforms from FedTech Magazine.
4. BlackBerry remains focused on government
I am a fan of technology, especially mobile devices. It is interesting to learn about the uncertain future of an old industry favorite, such as Blackberry, by Research in Motion. The company is focusing on its relationship with the government and providing a secure enterprise server, the only way Blackberry knows how.
Learn more about the rising competition and secure mobile platforms at FierceMobileGovernment.
Have you been following these lawsuits for the CIA private cloud contract? In summation, IBM wants the contract. Amazon Web Services (AWS) won the bid, so IBM protested to GAO. GAO sides with IBM, requiring the CIA to rebid the contract. AWS sues the government to stop the re-bid, and wins by ruling from a federal judge. So what happens now?
Find out on GCN
6. Day One of the government reopening
There is nothing like a muffin, a high five, or a bionic man can’t fix. This is how employees and visitors were welcomed back after the shutdown.
7. Agency websites, social media presence restored
After all of the waiting and Shutdown Beard growing, the powers that be reopened the government allowing websites and social media platforms to return to “normal.” Many agencies took a moment to welcome back their employees with tweets like this!
And FCW took a page out of our book, giving you all a little “Weekend Reading.”