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In the Know

July 1, 2001 Chief knowledge officers are the latest addition to agency management ranks. Now they're trying to prove they belong there. still-controversial practice called knowledge management is winning converts throughout federal agencies. Leading the movement is a group of jump-up-out-of-your-seat evangelists known as chief knowledge officers. Already, 13 agencies have added these ...

Bush lauds efforts to make technology accessible to the disabled

June 20, 2001 President Bush on Tuesday heralded technology accessibility regulations that will take effect next week as an opportunity for all Americans with disabilities to gain better access to their government. Bush praised the rules in Section 508 of the 1998 Rehabilitation Act Amendments after touring the Pentagon's Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program facilities, ...

OMB appoints technology czar

June 15, 2001 Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels has appointed Mark Forman, a vice president for e-business at Unisys Corp., to the newly created position of associate director for information technology and e-government. OMB announced that Forman will report to the OMB deputy director for management, who will serve as ...

Defense Department to stop destroying used hard drives

June 11, 2001 The Defense Department has rescinded an order to destroy all unclassified computer hard drives that leave Defense custody. The directive, issued Thursday by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence, will potentially make thousands of computers ...

Agencies continue to use forbidden 'cookies' on Web sites

June 1, 2001 Federal agencies are still using Internet "cookie" files that track computer users' online movements on some of their Web sites, despite a June 2000 directive from the Office of Management and Budget prohibiting them, according to a new report from the General Accounting Office. Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., chairman of ...

Cyber Cops

June 1, 2001 The Federal Trade Commission is leading a federal posse that's purging the Internet of swindlers and schemers. odie Bernstein, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, savors the memory of her very first bust of an online scam artist. The 74-year-old career civil servant collared an especially ...

The Super Web Site

June 1, 2001 he classic cyber conundrum: An avid jazz fan turns Web surfer and hops on to Yahoo.com with the anticipation of finding information about his favorite musical style-scat. To his great surprise, the search results return not with the complete lyrics to "Sellin' That Stuff," but links to South Coast Area ...

GSA contract opens federal package delivery to competition

May 24, 2001 Shipping giant Federal Express will no longer have a lock on government agencies' express delivery needs, thanks to a new contract announced by the General Services Administration. Under a contract that will expire Aug. 15, FedEx is the only carrier providing the government with next-day and second-day delivery of small ...

Federal acquisition workforce ill-equipped for procurement reforms

May 23, 2001 The federal acquisition workforce lacks the skills and training to take full advantage of procurement innovations and reforms begun in the early to mid-1990s, according to experts from the public and private sectors who testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on ...

Federal CIOs don't have the right stuff, officials say

May 4, 2001 Federal chief information officers are ill-equipped to move the government into the information age, a panel of lawmakers and ex-federal officials said Wednesday at a briefing on Capitol Hill. Reps. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., and Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, joined former Defense Department Deputy CIO Paul Brubaker and a panel of technology ...