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IRS requests less funding for its modernization program

April 23, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite ongoing problems and delays with its multibillion-dollar modernization program to update aging networks, the Internal Revenue Service's requested budget for fiscal 2009 includes a 17 percent cut in the program's funding. The lower budget figure is expected to result in the elimination of at least 25 positions, according to...

DHS wants airlines to collect foreign passengers' photos, fingerprints

April 22, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department Tuesday proposed a rule that would require airlines to collect biometric information from foreign passengers to help track when they depart the United States. The airlines sharply criticized the move. Comment on this article in The Forum.The proposed rule would require commercial air carriers and cruise...

DHS wants airlines to collect foreign passengers’ photos, fingerprints

April 22, 2008 The Homeland Security Department Tuesday proposed a rule that would require airlines to collect biometric information from foreign passengers to help track when they depart the United States. The airlines sharply criticized the move. The proposed rule would require commercial air carriers and cruise line operators to collect and transmit...

IRS requests a drop in funding for modernization program

April 21, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite ongoing problems and delays with its multibillion-dollar modernization program to update aging networks, the Internal Revenue Service's requested budget for fiscal 2009 includes a 17 percent cut in the program's funding. The lower budget figure is expected to result in the elimination of at least 25 positions, according to...

GSA forms panel to review pricing policies

April 18, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facing complaints about its pricing policies and oversight, the General Services Administration announced on April 17 that they have formed an advisory panel to review policies for its Multiple Award Schedule contracts. Comment on this article in The Forum."Our multiple award schedules program faces challenges," said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan....

Treasury service outsources financial management for debt collection

April 18, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government's collection agency recently hired the Interior Department's National Business Center to develop and host the agency's financial management system, a move that is part of the Bush administration's initiative to standardize financial processes. Comment on this article in The Forum.The Debt Management Service, which is part of...

GSA forms panel to review pricing policies

April 18, 2008 Facing complaints about its pricing policies and oversight, the General Services Administration announced on April 17 that they have formed an advisory panel to review policies for its Multiple Award Schedule contracts. "Our multiple award schedules program faces challenges," said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. "Oftentimes the government is simply not...

Hill, auditors grill officials about new census plan

April 16, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senators and government auditors strongly questioned Census Bureau officials on Tuesday about their plans to improve management of information technology projects for the 2010 census by bringing in an additional manager to help oversee planning and to improve communications. Comment on this article in The Forum.Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock...

Hill, auditors cross-examine officials about new census plan

April 16, 2008 Senators and government auditors strongly questioned Census Bureau officials on Tuesday about their plans to improve management of information technology projects for the 2010 census by bringing in an additional manager to help oversee planning and to improve communications. Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock told the Senate Committee on Homeland...

Agencies rely less on governmentwide acquisition contracts

April 11, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies are moving away from governmentwide acquisition contracts and toward their own multiple award contracts for their technology needs, according to acquisition specialists. Comment on this article in The Forum.Technology purchases on GWACs decreased 15 percent annually between fiscal 2005 and 2007 -- from $4.46 billion to $3.19 billion, said...

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