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OMB deputy says White House doesn't want federal CIO

March 23, 2001 The number two official at the Office of Management and Budget said Thursday that the Bush administration does not want to create a separate office or new position of chief information officer, although there are congressional proposals that would do just that. Speaking before the luncheon forum of the Congressional ...

Patent office increases preserved in Bush budget

March 2, 2001 Technology industry groups were heartened this week by news that President Bush's leaner federal budget does not appear to cut into what they see as necessary steep funding increases for the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Sensing that shortfalls in funding are leading to problems in the PTO's ability to ...

HHS to reassess medical privacy rules

February 26, 2001 The Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday that it is opening the medical privacy rules issued in the last month of the Clinton administration to a 30-day public comment period to assess whether changes are needed to the rules, which apply to the way doctors, hospitals and ...

Government, industry unveil security initiative

January 17, 2001 Joined by Commerce Secretary Norman Mineta and the Clinton administration's top critical infrastructure officials, 19 top information technology companies Tuesday announced the formation of an information-sharing center designed to help them combat hackers and computer-security intrusions. Dubbed the Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC), the center will permit ...

Administration security expert touts benefits of federal CIO

December 11, 2000 REDMOND, Wash.--Richard Clarke, the Clinton administration's national coordinator for security, counter-terrorism and infrastructure protection, said Friday that a government-wide chief information officer (CIO) confirmed by Senate and accountable to a single congressional oversight committee is an essential element of a comprehensive federal cyber-security plan. Clarke, speaking at Microsoft's SafeNet conference ...

Social Security officials urge limits on use of numbers

October 26, 2000 Social Security Administration officials Wednesday stepped into the increasingly contentious debate over what to do about identity theft, reiterating their support for legislation that would ban the sale or display of Social Security numbers by the private sector and the government. Business representatives on a panel concerning the Internet's role ...

Security holes found in VA computer system

September 22, 2000 In a test of the security of Veterans' Affairs Department computers, the agency's Office of Inspector General was able to hack into the system and obtain total control of all veterans' benefit records, the assistant inspector general told a House subcommittee Thursday. "These weaknesses were so serious as to reveal ...

Privacy advocates attack Postal Service e-mail plan

August 14, 2000 Technology industry groups are once against upset with the U.S. Postal Service for its latest proposed foray into e-commerce-a plan that would assign individuals an e-mail address linked to a physical mailing address-they say could have dramatic implications for individual privacy. Postal officials say they have backed down from reports ...

DOJ to seek review of e-mail surveillance system

August 11, 2000 Attorney General Janet Reno said Thursday that the Justice Department would contract with a university to conduct an independent technical examination of the FBI's controversial "Carnivore" e-mail surveillance system. Reno said that "the university review team will have total access to any information they need to conduct their review," but ...

IRS may compete against tax firms

August 9, 2000 The IRS is asking tax software companies to offer consumers free tax preparation and electronic filing services in exchange for easier access to individuals' private tax records-or face competition from the agency. The IRS proposal, which was outlined in a recent request for information and elaborated on by the IRS ...