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E-gov chief details accomplishments on eve of departure

August 14, 2003 The administration's e-government initiatives will continue to flourish, said their manager on the eve of his departure from those duties. Mark Forman, associate director for information and e-government, fielded questions on e-gov and detailed highlights of his two-and-a-half year tenure at the Office of Management and Budget during a telephone ...

House, Senate back Interior digital mapping effort

August 13, 2003 The House and Senate appear ready to back the Interior Department's plans in fiscal 2004 for a digital "national map," a database of geographic information available online for government purposes such as environmental protection, homeland security and disaster management. On July 17, the House passed an Interior Department spending bill, ...

Commerce Department details fall tech agenda

August 8, 2003 The Commerce Department's Technology Administration (TA) detailed its fall agenda on Friday, outlining plans to release reports and unveil initiatives in biotechnology, nanotechnology, telemedicine and manufacturing, as well as a major effort to increase interagency cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is "the world's greatest ...

Democrats give administration 'D' on security efforts

July 23, 2003 The Homeland Security Department has failed to create the information systems necessary to defend the nation against a future terrorist attack, the moderate Democratic group Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) charged in a homeland security report card released Wednesday. The report, "America At Risk," give the Bush administration a "D" average ...

Agencies under fire to assess privacy impact of federal actions

July 22, 2003 Liberals and conservatives alike at a hearing Tuesday praised a measure that would require federal agencies to assess the privacy implications of any future rules and regulations. After briefly extolling the provisions of the Defense of Privacy Act, witnesses, including past and present lawmakers and privacy and civil liberties advocates, ...

OMB sketches business model for federal technology systems

July 15, 2003 The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is progressing with its plans to revamp federal technology systems along six general "lines of business," according to Mark Forman, the office's e-government and information technology administrator. Forman told the House Government Reform Technology Subcommittee on Tuesday that overhauling the government's ...

Panel chair will push for cybersecurity standards in private sector

July 10, 2003 A House subcommittee chairman on Thursday called the nation's preparations to defend against an attack on its computer networks "simply not acceptable" and vowed to offer legislation by the end of the year mandating computer-security standards for the private sector. Florida Republican Adam Putnam, chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee ...

Agencies' electronic storage of records lags, archivists say

July 8, 2003 Federal agencies have fallen behind in efforts to adapt record-keeping to the digital era, senior officials with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) told a House Government Reform subcommittee Tuesday. At Technology Subcommittee hearing, lawmakers questioned government witnesses on how to improve agency efforts to select and prepare electronic ...

White House praises potential of e-gov project

July 7, 2003 A federal initiative dubbed the Business Compliance One-Stop Project shows the "greatest potential" toward reducing the government paperwork burden on small businesses, the White House concluded in a recent report. Submitted to Congress on June 28, the report by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urged agencies ...

Homeland department unveils new port security regulations

July 1, 2003 The Homeland Security Department on Tuesday announced new regulations for port and vessel security, requiring security plans for commercial vessels ranging from cruise liners to cargo ships and approximately 5,000 ports and other facilities. The rules are part of the department's implementation of a 2002 maritime transportation security law. Asa ...