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Protest of huge IT services contract upheld

March 6, 2008 A federal judge this week ruled in favor of a protest filed by eight companies that submitted unsuccessful bids for the General Services Administration's Alliant contract. In sustaining part of the protest, the judge acknowledged that GSA had been "arbitrary and capricious" in awarding the contract and prohibited the agency ...

Census Bureau facing huge cost increase, possible delays in 2010 effort

March 5, 2008 The 2010 Census is at serious risk of massive cost increases and delays caused by problems with a contract to develop handheld computers that the Census Bureau plans to use to collect data. Because of the problems, costs for the decennial census could increase by between $600 million to $2 ...

Report: SEC still shows mixed bag on information security

March 4, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Securities and Exchange Commission has made some progress on addressing its information security weaknesses, but the lack of a comprehensive agencywide program continues to put its data at risk, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Monday. Comment on this article in the forum."Information security weaknesses -- ...

Report: SEC still shows mixed bag on information security

March 4, 2008 The Securities and Exchange Commission has made some progress on addressing its information security weaknesses, but the lack of a comprehensive agencywide program continues to put its data at risk, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Monday. "Information security weaknesses -- both old and new -- continue ...

Veterans Affairs revs up travel Web site

March 3, 2008 The Veterans Affairs Department is the latest federal agency to offer employees a one-stop Web site for their travel planning needs. Now the department's 70,000 frequent travelers can make reservations, get authorization from managers, purchase tickets and receive reimbursement at FedTraveler.com, launched by the General Services Administration. The site is ...

Next generation air traffic system aimed at cutting cost, pollution

February 28, 2008 Reducing the cost and environmental impact of air travel and expanding traffic to smaller airports are some of the key benefits expected from the implementation of the Next Generation Air Transport System. Several speakers touted the ability of NextGen technologies to make air travel more efficient and less harmful to ...

Survey: Fewer federal CIOs report directly to agency heads

February 28, 2008 Fewer chief information officers report directly to their agency heads, according to a recent survey, and some say that could mean government's top information technology officials have less of a voice in management decisions. Significantly more CIOs reported to their chief financial officers in 2007 compared with the previous year, ...

GSA to develop registration system for government fleet

February 27, 2008 The General Services Administration announced on Tuesday that it is developing a Federal Motor Vehicle Registration System for registering all vehicles owned and leased by the government. The program will enable state, federal and local law enforcement agencies to quickly verify the authenticity and ownership of vehicles with government plates, ...

State and local governments boost GSA schedule technology purchases

February 22, 2008 Technology orders from state and local governments via a General Services Administration supply contract rose 45 percent during fiscal 2007, according to a new report. Much of the increase was driven by rising demand for wireless services and green computing products, along with greater adoption of cooperative purchasing vehicles by ...

Defense, GSA lead way on encryption technology

February 14, 2008 The federal government is embracing new forms of encryption technology to safeguard private and other sensitive information stored on laptops and thumb drives. The Defense Department and General Services Administration on Tuesday announced a partnership to purchase the latest in data-at-rest technology to address the agencies' data encryption needs. According ...