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MoveOn raises money for ads as furor continues

September 24, 2007 The online activist group collected money from its 3.3 million supporters over the weekend to double its television advertising campaign against Senate Republicans who voted against legislation to give troops more time at home after being deployed to Iraq. The ad focuses on last week's vote on the amendment...

OMB technology official defends new security requirements

September 20, 2007 GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- A Bush administration official who has dictated the next round of security changes that federal information technology departments must make defended the new rules at a National Institute for Standards and Technology summit here Thursday. Karen Evans, the e-government chief at the White House Office of Management...

Quiet end to technology agency lamented

September 17, 2007 A provision in the competitiveness legislation that President Bush signed in August deletes the Commerce Department agency charged with bringing U.S. innovation from laboratories to the marketplace. The law does not specifically outline the closing of the Technology Administration as of Sept. 30, so it passed under the radar of...

Bush signs lobbying, ethics reform package

September 14, 2007 President Bush signed a comprehensive lobbying and ethics bill Friday. The measure bans gifts to members of Congress and most travel paid for by lobbyists, and it might reduce the practice of earmarking federal money for lawmakers' pet projects. The legislation, S. 1, aims to shed light on some practices...

Technology agency's leader resigns, agency to close

September 13, 2007 Commerce Department Undersecretary Robert Cresanti has resigned after nearly two years of leading the Technology Administration. In a letter to colleagues, Cresanti said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve "while pursuing some of my life's great passions -- including nanotechnology, intellectual property, [radio-frequency identification] and my chief privacy...

MoveOn ad against Gen. Petraeus triggers outcry

September 10, 2007 As Army Gen. David Petraeus testified before the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees Monday to update Congress on progress in Iraq, the Internet group led a side skirmish on the issue via an advertisement in The New York Times. The liberal group with 3.2 million members ran...

Lawmakers back energy-friendly light bulbs at federal facilities

September 4, 2007 Some people may joke about the slow pace of change in Washington and that it takes an act of Congress to change a light bulb. But one House-passed spending bill actually would change the light bulbs -- throughout hundreds of government buildings. Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., authored an amendment to...

An eye toward a future with electronic passports

August 20, 2007 As the State Department tries to meet the demand for electronic passports, which the agency began issuing last August, the companies producing the chip technology are marking the anniversary by looking ahead to what's next. Frank Moss, the former deputy assistant secretary for passport services at the State Department who...

Energy agency to focus on cutting-edge research

August 8, 2007 The political battle may be over, but another one looms over whether the Energy Department will get the money for a cutting edge energy research agency modeled after the Defense Department agency that invented the Internet. Just before leaving for their August break, the House and Senate approved H.R. 2272,...

House OKs ethics bill that emphasizes transparency

July 31, 2007 The morning after the home of Sen. Ted Stevens was raided in a federal investigation over his ties with lobbyists, the House on Tuesday voted 411-8 for a lobbying and ethics reform package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is touting the accomplishment as the fulfillment of an election promise to...

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