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Federal CIOs tout benefits of 'open source' software

March 15, 2004 Federal agencies increasingly are using "open source" software, which allows program users to access and modify code, and officials are exploring new ways to incorporate the technology into e-government initiatives, senior government technology officers said Monday. "Open source is usually brought forward by technology people very focused on the success ...

Lawmakers voice concerns about emergency preparations

March 3, 2004 Democrats and Republicans on a House Homeland Security subcommittee on Wednesday criticized a Homeland Security Department official over various issues related to the department's emergency preparedness and response directorate, including Bush administration funding for "first responders" to emergencies. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Subcommittee hearing featured Homeland Security Undersecretary Michael ...

Homeland Security unveils technology advisory panel

February 26, 2004 The Homeland Security Department on Thursday unveiled its new 18-member science and technology advisory committee. The body, mandated under the 2002 law that created the department, consists of top government and industry scientists with expertise in various fields deemed essential to homeland security. In remarks to panel members at their ...

Homeland Security forms groups to bolster cybersecurity

February 19, 2004 Hoping to leverage the security expertise of the federal government's information technology professionals, the Homeland Security Department has created three groups of government technology officials to share information in an effort to strengthen computer security and coordinate responses to future computer attacks. The first group is the Government Forum of ...

White House expands e-government initiative

February 4, 2004 The Office of Management and Budget is drafting plans to expand the federal government's information technology blueprint to include five new business areas, an official said at an e-government conference on Monday. Tad Anderson, OMB's associate administrator for e-government and information technology, told reporters after his keynote address that OMB ...

Administration calls for budget increase at science agencies

February 2, 2004 Despite a tight year for funding, federal spending on research and development will increase in key areas in fiscal 2005, top science officials in the Bush administration said on Monday. "Federal non-defense R&D spending is going up substantially," said John Marburger, director of the White House Office of Science and ...

Lawmaker, officials promote share-in-savings contracting

January 22, 2004 A contracting initiative that pays vendors from savings that their programs generate for the government could be an ideal vehicle for deploying new e-government services, but only if congressional objections to it wane and federal agencies can properly manage it, panelists said during a panel discussion on Thursday. The share-in-savings ...

Officials debate difficulties of crafting homeland security policy

January 12, 2004 Defeating potential terrorist attacks on U.S. infrastructure and citizens will require careful balancing acts between competing priorities, means and methods, senior business executives and government officials said on Monday as part of a homeland security policy panel. The panelists said effective security policies will have to balance security, privacy and ...

White House officials say they took initiative on security directives

December 18, 2003 The presidential directives on critical infrastructure and emergency preparedness issued Wednesday were not in response to any congressional mandate despite falling two days after a deadline imposed by a key House committee, Bush administration officials said on Thursday. A Homeland Security Department spokesman said they were not in response to ...

Former e-government officials favor governmentwide plan

December 11, 2003 The federal government should create a flexible, governmentwide information technology plan to cut costs and expand services, including new applications for homeland security, two former senior federal officials said on Thursday at a Hewlett-Packard-sponsored event. Stephen Squires, Hewlett-Packard's chief science officer and a former senior official with the Defense Advanced ...