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OMB defends new pro-labor purchasing rule

August 23, 1999 High-tech companies fretting over a Clinton Administration proposed rule that would bar companies from government contracts that have a pattern of violating labor, employment, tax, environmental or antitrust laws, should be reassured that federal procurement officers would be fair and reasonable about applying the law when choosing among contract bidders,...

Tech firms rally against federal procurement proposal

August 19, 1999 The American Electronics Association, the Information Technology Association of America and the Computing Technology Industry Association have joined a broad coalition of companies and business groups to lobby Congress and the White House in opposition of an administration-proposed rule that they say could make obtaining federal contracts more difficult. The...

Turf concerns slow work on cyberterrorism plan

July 23, 1999 President Clinton won't be releasing an administration strategy to bolster the nation's defenses against cyberterrorism until the fall, as government agencies continue to work on reaching a consensus for the plan. Earlier this year, Richard Clarke, the president's expert on cyberterrorism, had said he expected the draft to be ready...

Agencies shifting information technology dollars to Y2K

June 23, 1999 Congress will be facing a large "pent-up" demand for new IT funding after 2000 because federal agencies have been diverting so much money from their information technology budgets to focus on the Y2K problem, the General Accounting Office warned the Senate Y2K Committee Tuesday. "Another less direct but undeniable issue...

DoD to create cyberterror lab

May 26, 1999 Former Hewlett-Packard CEO John Young, who is now co-chair of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), told committee members that the Defense Department has commissioned an outside firm to produce a report by July 15 on how to construct a research lab that would be focused...

NASA's Earth-cam becomes political football

May 20, 1999 House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts, R-Okla., Wednesday tried to turn the tables on Democrats upset that an Internet provision championed by Vice President Al Gore was eliminated from the NASA reauthorization bill. Watts said Democrats were playing politics in attacking a House Science Committee decision to block funding of...

White House to create cyberattack centers

May 4, 1999 President Clinton's national plan to guard against cyberterrorism will call for the creation of regional centers where private industry can receive government intelligence information about possible cyberattacks, an administration official said Monday. The National Information Systems Protection Program will be released "shortly," according to Jeffrey Hunker, director of the Critical...

SEC to be Y2K-ready in August

March 26, 1999 Securities and Exchange Commissioner Laura Unger anticipates the agency will be completely Y2K-compliant by Aug. 31. The governmentwide deadline set by the Office of Management and Budget is March 31. The agency still has some work to do on its Edgar computer system, which is an electronic database of company...

Panel: White House needs a top techie

February 18, 1999 The White House should hire a single point person on federal technology policy, according to recommendations by President Clinton's Information Technology Advisory Committee. The panel of outsiders called for one individual responsible within the White House to establish and set long-term information technology goals "to maintain U.S. leadership in the...

EPA data faces terrorist threats and FOIA requests

January 28, 1999 Government efficiency may be leaving the nation vulnerable to cyberterrorism, warns House Commerce Committee chairman Thomas Bliley, R-Va. The Environmental Protection Agency, trying to improve efficiency by requesting that chemical companies file facility disaster information electronically, may soon be forced to divulge a framework for terrorist attacks, said Bliley. At...

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