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Federal officials brief business leaders on IT opportunities

October 21, 2004 Federal officials briefed representatives from the private sector Thursday on the state of information technology projects and encouraged private companies to foster relationships with the public sector. Dan McLaughlin, acting director of the Information Technology Acquisition Center (ITAC) at the Homeland Security Department, met with industry insiders for the first ...

Senate aide predicts fractured Homeland Security oversight

October 19, 2004 Senate oversight of the Homeland Security Department likely will continue to be fractured during the 109th Congress, despite recent legislative maneuvers and the approval of funding for the department, a key budget aide said Tuesday. Bill Hoagland, the director of budget and appropriations for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., ...

Expert pans quality of government's biometric ID system

September 30, 2004 The Homeland Security Department's US-VISIT system for cross-checking incoming foreign travelers against its biometric database is producing inadequate results, a Stanford University professor told a House panel Thursday. "On the surface, biometric identification [from] the US-VISIT program appears to be highly effective," Lawrence Wein, a professor of management science, said ...

GSA wins qualified praise for progress on new telecom contract

September 15, 2004 The General Services Administration has made vast improvements to its plan to restructure the federal government's telecommunications contract, but challenges remain, the nation's leading telecom providers told a House committee Wednesday. GSA's Federal Technology Service is responsible for ensuring that agencies have access to required telecom services. In 1998, the ...

Panel reviews integration of communications systems

September 8, 2004 While the Homeland Security Department has made strides with its SAFECOM program to coordinate wireless safety programs for the government, challenges remain to fostering communications among different systems, a department official said Wednesday. "Our nation is heavily invested in an existing framework that is largely incompatible," SAFECOM Director David Boyd ...

Policymakers preach patience in intelligence reform

August 17, 2004 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Acting CIA Director John McLaughlin on Tuesday hesitated to fully support the immediate creation of a national intelligence post. A national director "could conceivably lead to some efficiencies in some aspects of intelligence collection and some modest but indefinable improvement in the support those agencies ...

EPA progresses on online public-comment project

August 12, 2004 The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it is progressing on a project to put online proposed rulemaking initiatives from its office and other government partners, noting that it is addressing privacy advocates' concerns about the Web site. As part of the President's Management Agenda, the agency's Office of Environmental ...

GAO finds Homeland Security lacks data-sharing plan

July 27, 2004 The Homeland Security Department lacks a workable information-sharing plan, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office. While the agency has taken steps to improve its sharing capability, "challenges remain," the report said. The department needs input from information sharing and analysis centers (ISACs), sector coordinators and ...

Mass. governor praises data sharing, says more is needed

July 14, 2004 The United States needs to bolster its intelligence gathering, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Wednesday. As the chairman of the Salt Lake City Olympic organizing committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, Romney saw roughly $330 million spent on 10 venues for 17 days. "To provide an equal level of security ...

House lawmakers favor cuts in e-government projects

July 6, 2004 House-passed legislation to fund the Interior Department and other federal entities in fiscal 2005 would cut more than $1 million from the spending for e-government programs. The measure, H.R. 4568, would cut e-government spending at the National Park Service by $871,000. However, the bill includes $1.2 million for information technology ...