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E-gov chief says managers stand in way of tech advances

April 23, 2002 The Bush administration is working to change the outlook of federal managers who are slow to utilize technology to make government more efficient, an administration official said Tuesday. Mark Forman, associate director for information technology and e-government at the Office of Management and Budget, told attendees of an E-Gov conference...

Justice program looks for ways to share crime data with states

April 19, 2002 As the federal government works with state governments to find ways to use technology in anti-terrorism efforts, one organization is working to educate law enforcement and policymakers on how to use technology to bring the criminal-justice system into the 21st century. SEARCH is a program under the Justice Department's National...

Dems continue to rap Ridge for failure to testify on Hill

April 12, 2002 Democrats Thursday continued to criticize Office of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge's refusal to testify formally before Congress on the administration's $38 billion fiscal 2003 homeland security request. Ridge did meet privately Wednesday with select House appropriators and has another session scheduled for next week. But Senate Majority Leader Tom...

Lawmakers push for national homeland security agency

April 11, 2002 Lawmakers on Thursday urged the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee to expedite action on the myriad of bills that aim to create a homeland security agency. After President Bush in October appointed Tom Ridge to head the new White House Office of Homeland Security, numerous lawmakers criticized Ridge's lack of budgetary...

Federal managers blamed for blunting growth of teleworking

April 9, 2002 The greatest challenge facing the proliferation of teleworking is federal managers' fear of losing control, Rep. Steny Hoyer said Tuesday. The Maryland Democrat and Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., have championed teleworking as a way to make federal government more efficient, reduce Washington's regional traffic and improve residents' and federal workers'...

FBI's new Cyber Division quietly ramps up

April 8, 2002 To the surprise of many people in government and in the technology industry, the FBI has been quietly forming its new Cyber Division. The first formal announcement of the division indirectly was made Tuesday, when FBI Director Robert Mueller announced the appointment of Larry Mefford as assistant director of the...

GSA showcases disability-friendly technologies

April 3, 2002 The General Services Administration on Wednesday rolled out its new Assistive-Technology showcase to highlight the federal government's efforts in ensuring that people with disabilities have access to state-of-the-art technologies in the workplace. The Center for Information Technology Accommodation (CITA) in GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy operates the showcase, which displays...

Legislation driving Bush administration e-gov efforts

April 2, 2002 Federal legislation has helped spur agencies to integrate technology into government services and has laid the groundwork for many of the Bush administration's e-government and homeland security initiatives, officials said Tuesday. The 1998 Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) mandates that agencies must give citizens the option to submit information and...

Ridge urges state, local governments to unite on security

March 25, 2002 State and local governments need to be sure that they engage the private sector in homeland security efforts by uniting technological expertise, human capital and knowledge to work toward common goals, government and private-sector officials said Monday. These entities cannot "operate in a vacuum," Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge told...

Bill to establish e-gov chief moves to Senate floor

March 21, 2002 The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Thursday sent a bill to the Senate floor that would establish an administrator to head e-government at the Office of Management and Budget. Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., last May introduced S. 803, which aimed to enhance the management and promotion of e-government services...