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NASA Nurses Next 'Net

March 4, 1997 letters@govexec.com NASA will be the birthplace of the Next Generation Internet, which will allow information to be passed from computer to computer a million times faster than today's standard 28.8-kilobits-per-second home computer modems. Just as the original Internet grew out of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) network, the ...

NASA Nurses Next 'Net

March 3, 1997 letters@govexec.com NASA will be the birthplace of the Next Generation Internet, which will allow information to be passed from computer to computer a million times faster than today's standard 28.8-kilobits-per-second home computer modems. Just as the original Internet grew out of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) network, the ...

Forever Hacked

February 27, 1997 bfriel@govexec.com Proving that once a document appears on the Internet, it will always be on the Internet, at least a half-dozen web sites have posted copies of the Web pages with which hackers replaced the CIA and Department of Justice home pages last year. In August, hackers tapped into the ...

AFGE Inks Private Deal

February 21, 1997 A local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees signed a labor contract with Hughes Aircraft Co. yesterday, marking the first time a federal union has ever signed such a deal with a large private-sector contractor. AFGE Local 1744, which has represented the blue-collar employees of the Naval Air ...

Bridging the IRS RIF Gap

February 20, 1997 A federal mediation panel has set a March 21 deadline for the IRS and the National Treasury Employees Union to resolve disputes over the pending layoff of more than 1,600 IRS employees. The Federal Service Impasses Panel announced the deadline in a letter dated Feb. 14, notifying the IRS and ...

DoD vs. Asteroids

February 19, 1997 Taking their cue from the NBC TV miniseries "Asteroid," reporters yesterday asked Pentagon officials whether the United States could prevent a large asteroid from devastating the planet if it was on a collision course with Earth. Defense Department Spokesman Kenneth Bacon told reporters that if an asteroid disaster occurred today, ...

Feds Air Budget Beefs

February 14, 1997 Advocates for federal employees went to Capitol Hill yesterday to protest the Clinton Administration's proposal to cut $6.25 billion in civil service benefits. The House Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on the Civil Service held a hearing to allow the leaders of federal employee and retiree groups to speak out ...

The Year 2000 Gap

February 14, 1997 Computer industry experts and the Office of Management and Budget have a rather substantial difference of opinion when it comes to estimating how much it will cost the federal government to keep its computer systems from crashing when the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2000. According to industry estimates, ...

Risky Business

February 14, 1997 The General Accounting Office added five programs to its "high-risk" list of troubled and costly federal operations yesterday, prompting Members of Congress to say they would seriously scrutinize the projects. GAO has now identified 25 programs that it says are at high risk for fraud, abuse, mismanagement or waste. They ...

Making Performance Matter

February 13, 1997 House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, has pledged that the congressional leadership will make federal agencies stick to the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act during this year's budget process, forcing agencies to define their missions and goals and then find ways to measure how well they meet ...