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Agencies could play role in boosting software competition, advocates say

May 19, 2003 Consumer advocates say the Bush administration is studying whether to require that federal agencies purchase more non-proprietary software in an effort to facilitate federal workers' ability to trade electronic documents and to boost competition in the software industry. Ralph Nader, founder of the advocacy group Public Citizen, met last week...

E-gov chief 'very happy' with progress on initiatives

May 16, 2003 Electronic government is becoming a staple of the Bush administration's underlying agenda for transforming the federal government. But the work involves more than simply posting documents online. To Mark Forman, the first director of the new E-Government Office at the Office of Management and Budget, it is about fundamentally changing...

'Cultural mindset' of employees called barrier to e-gov progress

May 14, 2003 The "cultural mindset" of federal workers poses a major challenge to implementing online government services, some officials said on Wednesday. Yet the leaders of several Bush administration projects designed to ease citizen access to government services told a group of industry and government attendees at the Industry Advisory Council's quarterly...

Roadmap for Homeland Security Department takes shape

May 8, 2003 The Homeland Security Department's top technology leader said Thursday that a "roadmap" outlining the new department's business process and corollary technology support should be released by the end of September. Steven Cooper told the House Government Reform Committee that his department is making progress in the Herculean task of integrating...

Administration rethinks system for allocating security funds

May 1, 2003 To better meet the needs of states and localities, the Homeland Security Department is considering new ways of allocating funds to emergency "first responders" for counter terrorism and other disaster preparedness, Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday. Acknowledging the problems that state and local police, fire and other emergency-response organizations face...

Web portal expands technology available to agencies

April 23, 2003 The operator of the federal government's Internet portal announced on Wednesday that it is bolstering efforts to leverage its technology tools across government by allowing agencies to use the products to manage their own Web sites. As part of the effort, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it has...

Agency sees gains from telework initiative

April 15, 2003 Telecommuting programs are beginning to pay off for at least one federal agency. Advances in a program allowing attorneys employed at the Patent and Trademark Office to work from home are enabling the PTO to relinquish about three floors, or 47,000 square feet, of office space, officials said in an...

Senate chair poised to offer first responder bill

April 9, 2003 The chairman of a key Senate committee said on Wednesday that she will unveil a measure to help "first responders" in the states more easily obtain federal aid for homeland security. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she intends to introduce a bill that would authorize Homeland...

Homeland department to allot $100 million for emergency preparedness

April 8, 2003 The Homeland Security Department announced on Tuesday that it will allocate $100 million this year for emergency preparedness in major U.S. cities. The funding will be distributed under the urban-area security initiative and is aimed at improving the ability of local governments to prepare for and respond to potential threats,...

Lawmaker to probe results of agencies' R&D spending, e-gov efforts

April 7, 2003 Providing grants for research and development projects has long been a staple of federal government spending. Now one lawmaker wants to take stock of those projects to determine whether the government is getting value for its investments. "I want us to find some better way of getting our arms around...

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