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DHS Defends CIO as Political Heat Rises

June 26, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department came out yesterday defending its chief information officer against Democratic Party charges that he is not up to the job. It all started at a House hearing June 20, at which Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, asked DHS CIO Scott Charbo, ...

GSA awards air travel contracts to 14 carriers

June 26, 2007 The federal government's discount airline ticket program could become more competitive in fiscal 2008 and produce more savings, thanks to the increased number of airlines that will be involved. The General Services Administration has awarded one-year contracts effective Oct. 1 and worth a total of more than $2 billion to ...

Open government advocates slam report on FOIA reform

June 25, 2007 The Justice Department's second annual report on agencies' efforts to improve responses to requests for public information paints a disingenuous "rose-colored" portrait, advocates of openness in government said Monday. The 118-page report, issued earlier this month under a requirement in the December 2005 executive order mandating improvements in the administration ...

GSA Info Chief Moves to Health and Human Services

June 22, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration chief information officer has left the agency to take the top technology job at the Health and Human Services Department. Michael Carleton, who has served as CIO at GSA for seven years, will become the department's chief information officer and deputy assistant secretary for information technology, ...

White House Still Examining Doan Violations

June 22, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A White House spokeswoman said today that the Office of Special Counsel report finding General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan guilty of violating the Hatch Act is still being reviewed. The report was delivered to President Bush two weeks ago. The spokeswoman also noted that there is no deadline for ...

Audit prompts Treasury to seek help with ID cards

June 22, 2007 Audit findings have convinced the Treasury Department to abandon its solo effort to meet a governmentwide identification card mandate and seek the General Services Administration's help. An 18-page report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, released Friday, stated that the Internal Revenue Service's attempts to develop its own ...

6 Months and 'Critical' OMB Post Still Unfilled

June 21, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It's been six months and the Bush Administration has yet to fill the Office of Management and Budget's branch chief for information policy and technology. Speaking on background, an OMB spokeswoman said that "the goal is to find the right candidate for this critical position." Glenn Schlarman, a long-time career ...

New cards may make user IDs, passwords obsolete

June 21, 2007 The hodgepodge of user names and passwords that federal employees must memorize to access computers and other services may become obsolete thanks to new governmentwide identification card requirements, a federal official said Thursday. David Temoshok, director of the General Services Administration's Identity Policy and Management office, said the high-tech ID ...

DHS technology chief faces tough questioning at House hearing

June 20, 2007 The Homeland Security Department's chief information officer needs to explain to Congress why he should keep his job in light of recently uncovered security lapses, the head of the House panel overseeing the department said Wednesday. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said he is not ...

FBI deploys first phase of technology upgrade

June 20, 2007 The FBI this week rolled out the initial part of its $425 million information technology system upgrade to reduce agents' dependence on paper-based files. Employees now have an Internet-based interface giving them access to the Automated Case Support system. A "personal workbox" summarizes agents' cases and leads, while a "squad ...