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Chief of technology standards agency aims to boost its profile

March 11, 2002 Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have played a role in most of the major technological advances of the past 100 years. Yet few Americans give the agency credit for their high quality of life. That's where NIST's new director, Arden Bement, enters the picture. "NIST is...

Defense official lays out 'transformation' budget details

February 27, 2002 A top Defense Department official on Wednesday defended the Bush administration's request for a $48 billion increase in the fiscal 2003 budget for the Pentagon. In doing so, he detailed the budget proposal that targets the department's efforts to transform the military into a leaner, more technological war-fighting institution. President...

Military transformation opens up new IT market

February 25, 2002 The Defense Department is seeking to return to its Reagan-era budgetary might, but the spending of the future will look different. While the department still will build big ships and airplanes, top Defense officials are pushing a "transformation" of the military toward more efficient internal systems and weapons driven by...

Defense acquisition system called 'unfriendly' to contractors

February 20, 2002 The Defense Department's acquisition process is "unfriendly" to commercial suppliers, the president of the Electronic Industries Association said Wednesday. "The commercial sector is very suspicious of government," David McCurdy told Defense officials and contractors at an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics event. He said the focus on homeland security...

Defense contractor hails IT opportunities in 'new era'

February 13, 2002 J.P. (Jack) London, chairman and CEO of the information technology company CACI International, could be considered "old school" when it comes to contracting with the Defense Department. He has been doing it since the 1970s. But his company has made it big--$560 million in revenue last year--by staying one step...

Cybersecurity chief assesses progress

February 13, 2002 The White House's cybersecurity chief on Wednesday assessed the first 90 days of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, listing its top accomplishments. Richard Clarke, special administrator to the president for cyberspace security, told a hearing convened by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., that a national strategy for cybersecurity being developed...

Technology standards agency plays up role in homeland security

January 16, 2002 Concurrent with the Bush administration's increased focus on homeland security and the high-tech sector, the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will receive greater attention, senior department officials said Wednesday. "What seems clear is that NIST is playing a significant science and technology role on behalf of...

Government is loosening its grip on the Internet

December 14, 2001 You might view the Internet as anarchic, a Wild West-style free-for-all. Or maybe you see it as global democracy, a place where all are equal and anyone is welcome. You might also recognize that it's a communications tool controlled by the Commerce Department. But in all of these assumptions, you...

Senate boosts Patent And Trademark Office appropriation

September 20, 2001 The Senate-passed version of a fiscal 2002 appropriations bill would benefit the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) more than its House counterpart by providing an additional $10 million in funding and outlining a new five-year plan. The Senate approach seeks to bolster confidence in the PTO, which administers U.S. patent...

Agencies face uphill battle for tech workers

August 20, 2001 One of the federal government's primary functions is to make massive amounts of information available to the public, and to meet this obligation, it relies increasingly on the Internet. The government has more than 2 million Web sites and more than 31 million Web pages, and those numbers are growing...

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