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CIA vet heads new FBI intelligence office

June 12, 2002 The FBI has named Mark Miller, a 20-year CIA veteran and one of its top analysts, to lead the bureau's new Office of Intelligence, according to a CIA spokesman. Miller started working at the FBI May 27. FBI Director Robert Mueller announced the creation of the office May 29, when...

Big Homeland Security Department would spend big dollars

June 10, 2002 The proposed Department of Homeland Security would become one of the federal government's largest spenders, with a procurement budget that would likely top $5 billion annually, acquisition experts say. "The new department would be a player in procurement, but I don't know that it will exceed NASA or Energy in...

TSA awards baggage screening contract to Boeing

June 7, 2002 The Transportation Security Administration Friday awarded a contract to Boeing Service Company to oversee the deployment of up to 1,100 explosive detection machines in every U. S. airport. The award was expected months ago, but internal disputes among TSA officials over the influence of the agency's new acquisition division stalled...

Power Play

June 1, 2002 ir Force Lt. Col. Alberto Armesto, who oversees the service's efforts to privatize utilities at its bases, has a folder bulging with glossy, spiral-bound sales brochures from an energy company in his office filing cabinet. The brochures tout "unlimited possibilities" and offer big savings to the Air Force if it...

Wireless Wonders

June 1, 2002 Imagine managing your corporate e-mail from your cell phone. At www.wirelessknowledge.com, you'll find Workstyle, software from Wireless Knowledge Inc., a subsidiary of communications giant Qualcomm Inc., which enables cell phones, handheld computers and notebooks to remotely access e-mail, calendars and contact information. Workstyle is compatible with two e-mail products widely...

Information Insurance

June 1, 2002 Agencies make plans for retrieving data if their systems or offices come crashing down. ith Sept. 11 still fresh in their minds, federal information managers are taking a close look at agencies that quickly got their people back to work and their systems up and running after losing their offices...

Tech Insider: A terrible thing to waste

May 21, 2002 Ray Pardo used to spend his days thinking like a drug smuggler. Today, he's also learning how to think like a terrorist. As a senior Customs inspector in Newark, N.J., the biggest seaport on the east coast of the United States, Pardo has developed an iconic reputation for his ability...

Same Problems, New Day

May 15, 2002 The Bush administration has launched an assault on poor information management at federal agencies. ot all information management challenges are created equal. Mark Day, the deputy chief information officer for technology at the Environmental Protection Agency, says his agency -which counts among its "partners" universities, American Indian tribes, state governments...

Federal buildings told to improve security of air systems

May 13, 2002 The Health and Human Services Department has recommended that federal agencies tighten physical security around building air intake and ventilation systems to minimize the threat of chemical, biological and radiological attacks. The guidelines on protecting buildings from airborne agents are part of the department's continuing efforts to protect public health...

Tech Insider: Story of a schedule

May 6, 2002 We humans have come up with some devilishly creative ways of initiating people into our various circles by testing their mettle, making sure that they truly belong among us. Fraternity pledges are forced to sit naked on blocks of ice and recite the Greek alphabet, backward and forward. Fresh military...

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