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DHS boosts power of chief information officer

Critics say the move is long overdue and doesn't go far enough.

Homeland Security secretary highlights importance of technology

Work is almost complete on a common e-mail operation within the department.

HUD leads way in massive IT consolidation effort

Most of the department’s computer system infrastructure has been outsourced; costs have fallen 20 percent.

Lawmakers demand details on security grant program

Program aims to help municipalities buy and deploy communications equipment that can work across jurisdictions.

Senators seek federal transparency, 'reporter's shield'

Sponsor of bill to reform FOIA says the Bush administration has lax enforcement of the law, and a “near obsession” with secrecy.

House to vote on FOIA overhaul legislation

Bills reach the floor amidst a series of reports criticizing agency responses to public requests for information.

OMB official: Large agencies better suited as Internet hosts

Move to new GSA telecom service contract will give agencies a chance to review how they manage their networks.

Earmarks data now set to go online in phases

Initial installment will include aggregate data on the number and cost of earmarks down to the agency and account level.

Census Bureau exposes personal data on public Web site

Agency has taken “appropriate administrative action” against the employees involved, pending the results of an investigation.

Federal officials urge industry to better protect IT systems

Commerce technology official says he believes businesses are "profoundly motivated" to make sure they address problems.