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Tech Insider: Technology is the best medicine

March 18, 2002 Looking back on last fall's bioterrorist attacks, in which five people died from exposure to anthrax bacteria delivered through the mail, most bioterrorism experts agree that the nation got off easy. Had the perpetrator tweaked the design and delivery of the assault, making it more deadly or more widespread, our...

Tech Insider: A new dawn in telecommunications?

March 11, 2002 When entrepreneur Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin label that has produced a record company, a cola and an international airline, took his fledgling carrier to war with British Airways, he remarked that it was "like getting into a bleeding competition with a blood bank." Carriers from all over the...

Northrop Grumman exec discusses hostile takeover of TRW

March 6, 2002 Ronald Sugar, president and chief operating officer of Los Angeles-based defense contracting titan Northrop Grumman, on Wednesday outlined his company's plan to mount a hostile takeover of rival systems integration firm, TRW of Cleveland. In a speech to journalists at the National Press Club in Washington, Sugar said that Northrop...

Tech Insider: A tale of two markets

March 4, 2002 If you want a good lesson in what distinguishes the government's technology business from its commercial counterpart, consider the case of Aquilent, the firm formerly known as Commerce One E-Government Solutions. Aquilent makes its official, though much-anticipated, debut today, leaving the nest of its former parent, Commerce One, the Pleasanton,...

Contract for high-speed Defense network put on hold again

March 1, 2002 The saga over the award of a high-speed Defense Department network contract continued Friday as the agency postponed announcing the award of the contract for the second time, Government Executive has learned. Defense asked the five telecommunications companies bidding on the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) contract to hold...

Come Together

March 1, 2002 In the war on terrorism, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are finding that sharing information isn't any easier than sharing turf. n the evening of Oct. 29, seven weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania killed more than 3,000 people, a group...

GovWorks enters federal telecom business

February 28, 2002 GovWorks, the fee-for-service acquisition shop at the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, fired the opening shot Thursday in what industry insiders and experts believe will be a war for the government's telecommunications business. Speaking at a federal telecom conference in Reston, Va., GovWorks chief David Sutfin laid out the agency's...

Cheney unveils redesigned FirstGov

February 27, 2002 Vice President Dick Cheney unveiled a redesigned FirstGov Web site Tuesday, a new version of the federal government's online public point of entry for information and services. The original FirstGov site was launched during the Clinton administration. In a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, Cheney said...

Cultural barriers, not technology, blamed for poor information sharing

February 26, 2002 More than five months after the Sept. 11 attacks exposed critical weaknesses in how the federal government shares information internally and with state and local agencies, a panel of agency chief information officers and corporate technology executives testified Tuesday about what the government can learn from the private sector to...

Tech Insider: Government rides the market bust

February 25, 2002 "Tech Insider" appears occasionally on, looking at how business gets done in the federal technology market. Learn from the inside players in government and industry how deals are made. The technology sector has been taking a beating the past few weeks as investors have grown weary over news that...

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