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CIO Council funds eight new portals, seeks e-gov ideas

August 13, 2001 The e-Government Committee of the CIO Council selected eight individual portal projects last week for fiscal 2001 funding, according to a memo obtained by GovExec.com. The eight projects will receive $1.2 million in total funding. The Cross-Agency Portal Working Group of the CIO Council's e-government committee chose the winners from...

Bill calls for tech worker exchange program

August 1, 2001 Rep. Tom Davis, R.-Va., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, introduced a bill Tuesday to create a workplace exchange program between federal information technology employees and high-tech workers in the private sector. Davis said he wants to make a "down payment on the human capital crisis"...

Phone Fight

August 1, 2001 The FTS 2001 contract offers long-distance telephone and data services at nearly no cost, but agencies have struggled to take advantage of the low prices. n April 26, Sandra Bates, commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service, was in the hot seat before the House Subcommittee on Technology...

GSA fails to disclose local phone service fees to agencies

July 31, 2001 The General Services Administration charges agencies local phone service contract management fees ranging from 28 percent to more than 80 percent of the value of services and should disclose those rates to its customers, according to the General Accounting Office. In a July 27 memorandum to Rep. Tom Davis, R.-Va.,...

OMB official outlines his plan for overhauling e-government

July 27, 2001 The federal government is spinning its wheels trying to implement e-government, according to Mark Forman, the new associate director for information technology and e-government at the Office of Management and Budget. In an interview with GovExec.com, Forman laid out his plan to identify "high payoff" e-government projects for agencies. The...

Interior unit to take on GSA for federal telecom business

July 26, 2001 GovWorks, an acquisition center run by the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, will soon begin offering telecommunications services to federal agencies just like those already offered by the General Services Administration. GovWorks provides contracting services to federal agencies and the District of Columbia government. It will issue a request for...

Lawmaker seeks to open GSA schedules to states, localities

July 25, 2001 Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy, wants lawmakers to reconsider the idea of opening up the General Services Administration supply schedules for technology goods and services to state and local governments. "I continue to believe that we are not allowing federal, state,...

Daniels creates e-government task force

July 23, 2001 Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels has created an interagency task force to coordinate President Bush's e-government agenda. Daniels last week asked the heads of all executive departments and agencies to choose "a senior e-government leader" to represent them on the e-government task force, which will be headed...

GAO dismisses protest over government long-distance contract

July 9, 2001 The General Accounting Office last week denied a bid protest by Qwest Communications Inc. over a contract awarded to AT&T for the government's long-distance phone service. In December 2000, the General Services Administration issued a one-time payment of $8 million to AT&T to continue long-distance service under the FTS 2000...

Ghosts of old federal Web sites still lurking around

July 6, 2001 Did you ever wonder where agency Web sites go when they die? The Cyber Cemetery, of course. The University of North Texas Libraries created the virtual cemetery in 1997 to house the Web pages of defunct agencies for use by researchers and public officials. The university is the final resting...

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