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Windows security standardization cited as top tech challenge

July 3, 2007 Compliance with a recent Office of Management and Budget mandate requiring the application of standard security configurations on computers using Microsoft Windows is the main challenge facing federal information technology security executives, a recent survey concluded. Managing and testing the standard security configurations against potential vulnerabilities was at the top ...

GSA Awards Telephone Relay Service Contract

July 2, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration awarded a contract to telecommunications giant Sprint Friday for a nationwide telephone relay service that gives intermediary assistance to speech and hearing-impaired individuals. The Federal Relay Service, or FRS, contract is valued at about $49 million and has a ceiling of $100 million over five years. ...

Open government group says FOIA backlogs worse than reported

July 2, 2007 Five agencies have requests for public information that go back 15 years or more, according to a new review from an independent open government group. Many of the 87 departments and component agencies reviewed face extensive backlogs of requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act, the report from ...

Use of free tax filing software drops significantly

June 29, 2007 Use of the Internal Revenue Service's free electronic tax filing offering dropped substantially following the introduction of new eligibility restrictions, according to an audit report released Friday. The decrease in use could keep the agency from meeting its congressionally-mandated goal of having 80 percent of all federal tax returns filed ...

GSA Names IT Acquisition Executive

June 28, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: Thanks to all of you who noted that this post incorrectly attempted to write the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center out of existence. It is in fact still assisting federal agencies in implementing IT projects and we apologize for the error. The head of the General Services ...

Locals pan DHS decision to ditch communications project

June 28, 2007 The Homeland Security Department's effort to scrap a digital communications tool used to coordinate emergency response with local governments has riled a group of county-level officials. In a June 18 memorandum, Timothy Loewenstein, chairman of the information technology committee at the National Association of Counties, told the DHS technology chief ...

Apple iPhone Unlikely to Attract Feds' Interest

June 27, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite receiving rave reviews from major technology reviewers (here, here and here), Apple's cell phone/music player/video player/web browser device dubbed the iPhone will not likely make its way into federal markets anytime soon. Federal information technology shops have provided mobile e-mail devices that double as cell phones to thousands of ...

GSA Names Acting Tech Chief

June 27, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration announced Tuesday that Casey Coleman, chief information officer of the new Federal Acquisition Service, will serve as the acting chief information officer until the position can be filled permanently. Coleman replaces Mike Carleton, who is leaving GSA to fill the Health and Human Services Department's open ...

Patent Office, Google Provide Patent Database

June 27, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Search engine giant Google purchased a massive number of patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office about six months ago. The company has placed them in a database that covers patents issued from the 1790s through the middle of 2006 -- about 7 million patents. On the site, Google ...

House appropriators limit e-gov funding

June 27, 2007 Congressional opposition to the Bush administration's e-government projects has persisted, despite hopes that the Democrats now in control would be more sympathetic to the efforts. In a report accompanying the fiscal 2008 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (H.R. 2829), which advanced to the full House Tuesday, appropriators expressed ...