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Chinese hackers declare war on U.S. Web sites

May 2, 2001 A Chinese hacker community has declared war on U.S. government and business Web sites, according to a message posted on the hackers' home page. Chinese and American hackers initiated a game of one-upsmanship last month, daring each other to attack sites in one another's countries. The attacks have caught some...

Senators up the e-government ante

May 2, 2001 Two senators on Tuesday proposed a $600 million fund to promote e-government initiatives across all federal agencies for three years. Senators Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., and Conrad Burns, R-Mont., are co-sponsoring the E-Government Act of 2001, which would also create a federal chief information officer's position at the Office of Management...

Bidding Wars

May 1, 2001 Online reverse auctions have been heralded as one of the hottest innovations in procurement. But not everyone is ready to jump on the bandwagon. he crowd looked like a gaggle of fans at a horse race. About 100 people gathered in a room, staring with bated breath at a computer...

Agencies still violating cookies policy

April 18, 2001 Dozens of federal agencies are still not complying with a Clinton administration directive that bans the use of files that track computer users' online movements, according to recent surveys conducted by the offices of 16 inspectors general. On Tuesday, Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., announced preliminary findings from the IGs' reports,...

Report predicts tech funding will increase in final budget

April 13, 2001 Spending for information technology proposed in the Bush administration's fiscal 2002 budget will likely increase in the final, congressionally approved budget, according to a new report. The annual report, released by Chantilly, Va.-based market research firm INPUT, examines specific spending proposals for agencies' information technology budgets. The analysis used figures...

Study: U.S. ranks third in e-government

April 5, 2001 The United States ranks third in the world in overall progress in implementing electronic government efforts, according to a new study. The United States dropped from last year's first-place ranking and is now behind second-place Singapore and the new first-place leader, Canada. The study, "Rhetoric vs. Reality-Closing the Gap," released...

Microsoft chief tells agencies to look overseas for e-gov ideas

March 28, 2001 SEATTLE--Federal officials should look to their counterparts overseas for inspiration in advancing the cause of electronic government, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said Tuesday. E-government is "one of the few areas where you can't say that any one country is out ahead of other countries," said Gates. The United States has...

FirstGov Web portal finds a home in new administration

February 23, 2001 While the Bush administration has yet to announce its e-government agenda, the officials behind FirstGov, the one-stop Web portal built at the end of the Clinton administration, are quietly making improvements to the site. FirstGov is a joint project of the federal government and the private FedSearch Foundation, which oversees...

Security is top concern of CIOs

February 21, 2001 The main issue on the minds of federal chief information officers in 2000 was information assurance and security, according to a new survey from the Information Technology Association of America. The association released its 11th Annual Survey of Federal CIOs Tuesday. The survey includes interviews with 37 executives. Agencies now...

Pentagon awards biggest small-business contract ever

February 20, 2001 The Defense Department announced late last week that it has awarded the largest combined small business set-aside acquisition in the federal government's history. A group of three small and disadvantaged businesses signed contracts to provide global satellite transmission services for the Defense Information System Network (DISN). The Pentagon estimates the...

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