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Pentagon gives up part of airwaves for wireless industry

July 23, 2002 Federal agencies charged with overseeing the nation's airwaves have found a way to move government spectrum users to make 90 megahertz available to the wireless industry by 2008, government officials said Tuesday during a press conference. As part of the plan, the Bush administration on Tuesday submitted to Congress legislative...

Officials see procurement reform as boon to security

June 20, 2002 The creation of a new Homeland Security Department would give government a chance to create an effective procurement process that helps companies understand government needs and where to showcase their new technologies, speakers said Thursday at the Technology Against Terrorism forum in Washington. "We have a chance to get it...

Senators decry spectrum policy, name defense as top priority

June 12, 2002 Senators leveled criticism at the nation's spectrum-management process during a Tuesday hearing, calling the process everything from inefficient and piecemeal to a tool used to fatten the treasury, but they agreed that any changes must meet Defense Department needs. "We do not have a spectrum policy," Senate Commerce Committee Chairman...

Homeland security effort boosts e-gov initiatives

May 13, 2002 "E-gov"--shorthand for the information technology-based initiative intended to make it easier for individuals to access government services, while also cutting costs--has been expanding throughout the past decade, as the Internet has reached into the homes of rank-and-file citizens. But it is receiving heightened attention since the Sept. 11 attacks. OMB...

Responder networks must be interoperable, experts say

May 9, 2002 The inability of local, state and federal emergency responders to communicate with one another gained attention after past disasters, but that attention did not translate into ways to make their communications systems interoperable. Now policymakers hope to harness the momentum after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to tackle the problem....

The military's spectrum pitch: 'Our calls must go through'

April 23, 2002 The military will need more spectrum to complete its transformation to a network-centric organization and to keep the nation safe from attack, officials from all branches of the military told a House panel on Tuesday. "[Military] spectrum needs are growing rapidly, and future needs cannot be met without access to...

Senators lambaste official over Bush's proposed tech funding

April 16, 2002 Irritated senators assailed a Bush administration official on Tuesday, criticizing President Bush's decision to cut funding for some technology programs in fiscal 2003 and arguing that the federal investment in such programs is paying dividends for the nation. The Advanced Technology Program (ATP), for example, "has been tried and true,"...

Agencies need to coordinate homeland security research, senators say

April 10, 2002 A great deal of money for homeland security and research for new technologies to combat terrorism is tucked in agency budgets across the government. The trick is to coordinate efforts throughout government to ensure that efforts are not duplicated and that the research results will be effective, senators said during...

Industry, Pentagon square off in spectrum debate

April 4, 2002 As government officials convened a summit Thursday to discuss the thorny issues surrounding better management of U.S. airwaves, the same arguments that have plagued the debate for years once again took center stage at the Commerce Department. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) convened the Spectrum Management and Policy...

High-tech oversight agencies urged to develop more expertise

March 18, 2002 The debate on high-speed Internet services and telecommunications reform usually centers around legislation and Federal Communications Commission proceedings, but improving the technical capabilities at oversight agencies and reforming campaign-finance law would go further to modernize the industry, said one panelist at an AEI-Brookings Institution broadband forum Monday. "The government doesn't...