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Security agency's chief outlines emerging role of tech firms

March 3, 2003 ORLANDO, Fla.-The National Security Agency (NSA) is looking to the technology industry for commercial solutions to monitor millions of pieces of data, as it begins to step from behind its highly secretive walls, the agency's director said on Monday. Lt. General Michael Hayden told an audience of government and industry...

Agencies urged to set standards for electronic records

February 26, 2003 Public records experts said on Wednesday that the government should speed the development of a process for archiving digital documents such as e-mail and computer files, and it should set policies to determine what constitutes a record worth preserving. The public and private sectors' increasing reliance on computer networks, software...

Ridge cites security progress, urges states to share burden

February 24, 2003 Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on Monday said the nation is making progress in its effort to bolster security but called on states to help shoulder the cost burden. In remarks to the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), Ridge cited efforts to improve security. The Transportation Security Administration, for example,...

Funding delays stall expansion of online identification

February 11, 2003 A federal initiative designed to verify the identity of citizens doing business with the government over the Internet is facing funding delays, according to Bush administration officials. The e-authentication project, one of President Bush's 24 initiatives to put more government services online, seeks to allow individuals to garner identification credentials...

Bush official defends technology procurement consolidation

February 10, 2003 Officials and technology experts say that the government's strategy to consolidate the way it procures information technology products and services should not be viewed as reduced opportunities for IT vendors to sell their wares to federal agencies. As he unveiled the Bush administration's proposed spending figures on IT for fiscal...

White House demands results from IT spending

February 3, 2003 Citing the inefficiencies in the way the federal government manages information-technology assets, the White House proposed requiring agencies to account for their IT expenditures as part of a $59 billion IT budget for fiscal 2004. In its 2004 budget analysis, officials at the Office of Management and Budget acknowledged that...

Budgetary ax falls on funding for first responders

January 23, 2003 The effort to control federal spending has prompted lawmakers to reduce funding to help emergency responders update and integrate equipment. The Bush administration's fiscal 2003 budget request for $3.5 billion to aid police, fire and other "first responders" is now at about $3.3 billion, an aide to the Senate Appropriations...

White House defends selection process for e-gov projects

December 20, 2002 The head of the White House's e-government initiatives on Thursday responded to a government report that criticized the effort as lacking key information. The General Accounting Office said in its report that the White House Office of Management and Budget had not obtained complete "business case" information before it identified...

Report criticizes administration's e-gov efforts

December 19, 2002 A governmental oversight agency on Thursday criticized the Bush administration for its initiatives designed to migrate government services online, saying that the Office of Management and Budget chose to implement various projects without establishing a clear strategy or business plan. The General Accounting Office said the 24 e-government projects lack...

Advisory panel offers homeland defense guidelines

December 16, 2002 A congressional advisory panel on Tuesday urged the federal government to adopt 59 recommendations the panel made to boost homeland defenses in areas such as defining the role of the Defense Department in domestic emergencies and improving the public health system's response to potential biological attacks. Former Virginia Gov. James...

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