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Small firm successfully navigates homeland security maze

December 1, 2003 Small companies seeking to sell high-tech gadgets to Uncle Sam may want to look to Infoglide Software as a model. The Austin, Texas-based maker of fraud-detection software has obtained something that has eluded many small businesses over the last two years -- a piece of the federal government's $29 billion...

Techies in Texas eye research backing from Washington

October 20, 2003 AUSTIN, Texas--Aiming to reinvigorate the local technology economy here, technology industry experts and academics are looking to the federal government for assistance to boost basic research and commercialization of advanced applications. Speaking on Friday before a regional forum organized by the U.S. branch of the Institute Electrical and Electronics Engineers...

Administration favors keeping exemptions to e-signature requirements

July 3, 2003 The Bush administration is calling on Congress to continue exempting an array of documents from a law that gives legal weight to e-signatures. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration urged Congress in a report issued Monday to retain current exemptions from the Electronic Signatures In Global E-Commerce (ESIGN) Act, which...

Officials tout benefits of IT accessibility rules

July 1, 2003 Officials are marking the two-year anniversary of rules requiring the federal government to adopt technologies that are accessible to the disabled by noting progress toward that goal. But they also warn that without proper monitoring and ongoing improvements, full accessibility to government technology services may lag for years to come....

Plan to reduce patent office backlog faces political hurdles

June 20, 2003 A linchpin of the American intellectual property system, the Patent and Trademark Office issues legal protections to companies and inventors in an effort to ensure that they receive economic rewards for their ingenuity. But the agency is facing a serious backlog on patent applications that could stall the development of...

Official outlines intergovernmental efforts to bolster security

June 19, 2003 Homeland security officials are working with state and local governments to implement initiatives aimed at boosting the sharing of emergency-response resources and improving the ability of different agencies' equipment to communicate with each other, a Homeland Security Department official said on Thursday. Michael Brown, undersecretary for the department's emergency preparedness...

Bush administration to unveil cybersecurity initiative

June 5, 2003 The Bush administration is set to announce a cybersecurity initiative on Friday, prompting speculation by technology industry experts that officials will unveil the hierarchy of a new government office on the subject. Robert Liscouski, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Homeland Security Department, will host a roundtable to unveil...

Budget chief sees improvement on technology front

May 27, 2003 Reflecting on his final days director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mitch Daniels said the Bush administration's approach to managing information technology investments is succeeding. Daniels told National Journal Group reporters in an interview last week that he is proud of how his office has managed technology and...

Lawmakers wary of new terrorist threat center

May 23, 2003 Several key lawmakers have warned an independent commission assembled to study the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that the CIA should not oversee a new anti-terrorism center designed to integrate domestic and foreign intelligence data. Congress required the Homeland Security Department to implement a system for analyzing information on terrorist...

Tax experts discuss ways to expand electronic filing

May 20, 2003 More citizens are relying on electronic tax-filing systems, and a panel of U.S. tax practitioners and experts on Tuesday signaled that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must address several issues in order to replicate that success with businesses and expand electronic services. Members of the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee,...

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