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Push for standard federal worker IDs faces challenges

By late October 2008, all employees and contractors must have IDs that meet a new standard.

Tight budget pinches several agencies' IT spending requests

Several agencies received hefty proposed increases in President Bush's budget, but many aren’t slated for gains.

New IT spending aimed partly at cybersecurity

OMB plans to track agencies' progress with the color-coded scorecards that have become a trademark of the President's Management Agenda.

OPM launches online management competency tool

The system would allow managers to conduct a self-assessment to determine strengths and areas for improvement.

Budget would sustain GSA auditors' role in pre-award contract reviews

The inspector general would be expected to work with agency officials to find “alternative methods” for completing the reviews.

Budget proposal includes 2.6 percent increase for IT

Number of technology investments rated as well-planned and managed drops.

Bush seeks billions of dollars for Army technology

Major areas of investment include unmanned aerial vehicles, manned and unmanned ground vehicles, and battlefield command-and-communications systems.

More money, end of fee diversion sought for patent agency

In fiscal 2008, the agency anticipates hiring an additional 1,200 patent examiners and plans to continue expanding telework efforts.

Spending bill highlights appropriators’ IT priorities

A few key IT projects receive line items in bill to keep agencies running through the rest of the fiscal year.

Senators criticize HHS over security of health data

Panel focuses on health IT privacy matters related to the Office of Personnel Management's benefits program for federal employees.