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Calif. CIO: File Format a Business Decision

March 19, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Clark Kelso, the chief information officer for California, told ComputerWorld in an interview this month and released today, that his office will continue to analyze open file formats as a business decision despite a California bill that would require agencies there to use an open, XML-based format to store documents. ...

What You Might Have Missed

March 16, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you haven't had the time to check Tech Insider lately, you missed some thought-provoking items. We thought giving you a list of some must-read items that you may have missed would be helpful. Here are some headlines to check out. Just click on the link. "Digging Deep on Doan" ...

Study: H-1B Visas Depress IT Salaries

March 15, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An opponent of outsourcing claims the U.S. government’s H-1B visa program depresses IT salaries for American workers. According to an analysis of green-card data conducted by anti-outsourcing advocate Robert Oak, who runs the website noslaves.com, and posted on the political blogs MyDD (Direct Democracy) and DailyKos, the median salary of ...

What to look for in a CIO

March 15, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ohio University announced this month that it hired a new chief information officer to replace William Sams, who resigned last year shortly after announcing that hackers had broken into university databases and stolen personal information belonging to students, alumni and contractors, including health information and Social Security numbers. In the ...

A Setback for Electronic Health Records?

March 15, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the best-known organizations trying to electronically connect regional hospitals and doctors so they can share patients' electronic health records (EHRs) is calling it quits, dealing a setback to the Bush administration's strategy to build a national network of EHRs. The Santa Barbara County Care Data Exchange, established in ...

An IT Angle to March Madness

March 14, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the NCAA basketball tournament and the inevitable office pools have become more popular over the years, so have the methods and models used to predict winners. Some have become quite sophisticated, with many relying on information technology to create evermore elaborate analyses. A site that has taken college basketball ...

Are Proposed IT Budgets Too Low?

March 14, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Spending on federal IT has slowed in recent years, with the Bush administration proposing a meager 2.6 percent increase in overall federal IT spending for fiscal 2008 over the fiscal 2007 proposal. Whether that is a wise or shortsighted strategy is debatable. But according to a study released yesterday by ...

Multitasking Makes You Less Efficient

March 14, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In today's work environment, we are frequently asked -- like our computers-- to multitask. At times, it may feel like you are being pulled in five directions at once. With all those simultaneous demands (writing a memo while talking on the phone only to switch over to tap out an ...

Civil Service Reform: The Administration Plan

October 1, 1995 October 1995 PERSONNEL AND WORKFORCE (Sidebar to "Reform Trickles In") The Clinton Administration's civil-service reform bill would redefine the role of the Office of Personnel Management and decentralize personnel procedures. Some of the bill's provisions: Hiring System - Authorizes OPM to delegate examining authority for all occupations to agencies. - ...

Reform Trickles In

October 1, 1995 Proposals to overhaul the rule-bound federal service system abound, but most are simmering on Congress's back burner. When Vice President Gore released his blueprint for reinventing government two years ago, he singled out the federal civil service system for particularly harsh criticism. "Year after year, layer after layer, the rules ...