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Census director focuses on putting IT to the test before the big count

November 25, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Census Director Robert Groves is busy checking the nature of the infrastructure for the decennial count.ROGER L. WOLLENBERG/UPI/Landov Since his confirmation in July, Census Bureau Director Robert Groves has found himself in charge of the costliest and most controversial census to date. Well-publicized technology issues and budget overruns have hampered...

Treasury urged to inform agencies about value of electronic payments

November 23, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Treasury Department should provide federal agencies with more information on the costs and benefits of submitting payments from citizens and businesses electronically to improve efficiency, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The department's Financial Management Service deposits funds sent to the government for taxes, duties,...

Technology glitch underscores need for new air traffic control system

November 20, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The technology problem that delayed flights nationwide on Thursday morning highlights the necessity of an ongoing air traffic control modernization effort, House lawmakers said. "The communications and systems failures on Nov. 19, 2009 ... [are] a sobering reminder of the urgent need to update the equipment air traffic controllers rely...

GSA pushes back Networx deadlines

November 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration has extended two intermediate deadlines for agencies switching to the Networx telecommunications contract, but an observer said it remains unlikely that they will finish the move by June 2011, when services under the previous arrangement will expire. GSA is giving agencies until August 2010 to pick...

FEMA weighs outfitting housing inspectors with smart phones

November 19, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Emergency Management Agency is considering giving inspectors smart phones to make it easier to collect data on homes damaged by natural disasters. According to a request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site last month, FEMA is seeking information on how BlackBerrys and other smart...

Air Force Needs More PS3s?

November 18, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The vast majority of the technology-related notices in FedBizOps are pretty standard: hardware purchases and requests for information for new security software. Occasionally you'll see a notice about a bigger upcoming project. But every now and then I see something that causes a double-take. Such as this solicitation from Monday,...

Data.gov: Where's the Beef?

November 16, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Considering the amount of resistance the White House has faced recently on everything from health care reform to the ballooning deficit, it would appear that President Obama's honeymoon is officially over. That means it may be time to start questioning how successful his administration has been in terms of delivering...

Business costs, skills top list for contractors locating operations in U.S.

November 12, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The cost of doing business and the availability of employees with the right technical skills are two of the top considerations for companies looking to open operations in a U.S. city or town, according to a report from a technology industry group in Washington. The report is the latest in...

TSA Nominee Doesn't Check Out

November 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow My Government Executive colleague Alyssa Rosenberg has some harsh but fair words about he Obama administration's vetting process: Well, it's disappointing to learn that Errol Southers, President Obama's choice to head the Transportation Security Administration, was reprimanded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the 1980's after asking a police...

Northrop's sale of business unit signals start of a divestiture trend

November 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Northrop Grumman Corp. announced on Sunday that it has agreed to sell its defense consulting unit TASC Inc. to an investor group led by the private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and General Atlantic for $1.65 billion, a move that could signal more sales as other integrators shed potential conflicts...

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