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FAA technology chief faces 'brutal reality' of tight budgets

May 22, 2007 The Federal Aviation Administration is "caught in a squeeze" between an increasing demand for its services and the "brutal reality" that it is not going to see a significant budget increase any time soon, a senior technology official said Tuesday. David Bowen, assistant administrator for information services and chief information...

State Workers Question System's Worth

May 18, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of former and current State Department employees is calling into question the merits of an award-winning computer system designed to speed up the process of conducting security clearances, calling it "garbage in, garbage out." The Concerned Foreign Service Officers, a group formed in 2005 by State Department employees...

Work continues on ID card program despite bid protests

May 18, 2007 The winning proposal for the General Services Administration's $66 million contract for managing employee identification cards failed to comply with the technical requirements of a governmentwide mandate, according to protests filed with the Government Accountability Office. The two protests, both filed on May 1 and obtained by Government Executive, forced...

Pentagon official says list of banned Web sites could grow

May 17, 2007 Additional Web sites may be added to the Pentagon's list of blocked popular Internet destinations to make sure that the department's networks have sufficient bandwidth, officials said Wednesday. The restricted sites are "true bandwidth hogs," said Rear Adm. Elizabeth Hight, vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. "They take...

IRS E-filing Hits Record

May 16, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A record number of taxpayers electronically filed their individual tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service for the 2007 tax filing season, the agency reported Tuesday. The 76.7 million e-filed returns the IRS accepted through May 4 topped the 73.2 million electronically-filed returns received for all of 2006, with most...

Report: DHS unit fails to fully disclose use of personal information

May 16, 2007 The Customs and Border Protection agency has failed to inform the public how personal information collected from international travelers is being used, as required by law, according to a new study. To comply with legal requirements, CBP, a unit of the Homeland Security Department, must complete a series of reports...

Progress cited on ‘marathon’ Defense business systems upgrade

May 15, 2007 The Pentagon is making progress on an effort to modernize its massive and complex business systems, but work remains to hammer out details, according to two new Government Accountability Office reports. One report (GAO-07-538), published Friday, stated that the Defense Department has established the management structures needed to effectively control...

Waxman: Doan Investigation Continues

May 14, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said Monday that the investigation into the leadership of the General Services Administration continues, despite the fact that there are no hearings scheduled. "We're not holding public hearings on [Doan's alleged misconduct], but we're continuing our investigation into GSA," Waxman...

Lawmaker wants to fence off money for contract oversight

May 14, 2007 One percent of federal procurement spending should be set aside for contract management and oversight, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Monday. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said that his legislative effort to implement procurement reform (H.R. 1362) is bogged down in the Senate and the...

TSA breach prompts call for new data protection measure

May 11, 2007 The head of the House panel that oversees the Transportation Security Administration -- the most recent agency to experience a significant data breach -- said Friday that legislation is needed to protect personal information held by the government. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee...

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