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Big Deals

December 1, 2005 With more multiagency contracts breaking the $20 billion barrier, 2006 might bring some of the biggest deals ever. Speed, organization and efficiency are the top goals for agencies developing and awarding major technology contracts in fiscal 2006. With federal agencies projected to spend $76 billion on information technology and staff ...

Data Dump

October 15, 2005 Executive dashboards help agency decision-makers turn information into insight. The Environmental Protection Agency uses one to analyze key financial and environmental indicators. The Defense Department's TRICARE health care system evaluates the effectiveness of various treatments and programs with one. The Army Reserve Command uses one to monitor, analyze and report ...

Dialed In

August 15, 2005 Voice over IP phone service is slowly gaining converts. Until a few years ago, federal agencies with aging phone systems had little choice but to replace them with similar ones of tried-and-true reliability and availability, but often at a cost many considered too high. But as technology advances, more agencies ...

Network Anomalies

July 15, 2005 Agencies can ward off hackers by finding pattern shifts before the damage is done. Secretly, surreptitiously, a hacker has circumvented your computer system's security infrastructure, broken into classified files and shut down your network. Because the hacker was experienced enough to bypass your signature-based security methods, he was able to ...

Winds of Change

June 15, 2005 Business rules management software helps agencies tame the onslaught of updates. Finding the right property to house various federal agencies might not appear to be complicated, but realty specialists know differently. Not only does every agency have unique requirements, but every property leased by the federal government is subject to ...

Blueprints for Business

May 15, 2005 Agencies struggle to get a handle on enterprise architecture planning. Two years ago, the idea of developing an agencywide blueprint for running the Food and Drug Administration seemed impossible. Many of the agency's scientists were unfamiliar with how FDA's business processes worked, but senior managers were entrenched in those processes. ...

The Power of Six

April 1, 2005 The souped-up IPv6 promises the muscle and speed to track just about any agency asset through the Internet. Imagine every communications device, airplane, tank, ship-and every working part on those planes, tanks and ships-had an Internet Protocol address, the proverbial license plate needed to traverse the information highway. If that ...

Eye on Security

January 1, 2005 Directives on securing agency networks have pushed compliance from 26 percent to 70 percent in three years. By now, chief information officers throughout the federal government clearly understand the importance of network security. Between the 2002 E-Government Act and the President's Management Agenda, and the relentless quarterly evaluations by the ...

Portals in the Storm

December 1, 2004 Geographic information systems helped brace Florida officials for this year's spate of hurricanes. By the time a natural disaster hits, it's usually too late to set up the processes needed to adequately protect citizens and the environment. Florida officials have learned that lesson the hard way after their share of ...

Private Eyes

November 1, 2004 Visual analytics tools sharpen real-time video detection systems. When two terrorists detonated a bomb near the hull of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden, nobody saw it coming. That tragedy, in October 2000 in the Arabian Peninsula, killed at least 17 Americans and injured 35 others. Similar ...