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Lawmaker wary of progress in Defense IT transformation

April 6, 2006 The Defense Department has a long way to go in employing information technology to make the concept of integrated war-fighting systems a reality, the chairman of a House Armed Services subcommittee said at a Thursday hearing. "For as difficult as it is to knit together a robust, high-speed, high-bandwidth, secure,...

Justice Department responds to lawmakers' wiretapping probe

March 27, 2006 Democrat John Conyers of Michigan dismissed as evasive and unresponsive the late Friday response from the Justice Department to a House Judiciary Committee inquiry into the National Security Agency program of wiretaps without warrants. Justice's response said the agency, through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, could have legally monitored confidential...

Concerns about wireless tracking devices discussed

March 22, 2006 Despite new research pointing to security vulnerabilities in wireless tracking technology known as radio-frequency identification, government and business representatives remain confident in its use. Last week, a study from Amsterdam's Vrije University warned that computer viruses could move from RFID tags to exploit some software systems. The research -- "Is...

Labor issues rule affecting contractors’ hiring processes

January 23, 2006 The Labor Department has issued a new rule to clarify what it means to be considered an applicant for a job with a federal contractor in the era of the Internet. The rule, which is set to take effect Feb. 6, 2006, will have a significant impact on both federal...

FBI will not award technology upgrade contract until 2006

December 6, 2005 The FBI will not name a winner for a massive contract to overhaul the agency's antiquated computer system until early next year, an FBI official said Monday. Spokespersons for the defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman separately confirmed that the companies are currently vying for the information technology system...

NIST works on standards for emergency personnel

November 11, 2005 The National Institute of Standards and Technology is working to serve emergency responders through a project to create "intelligent" building systems with self-organizing wireless networks. The institute is planning to release a final report on the first phase of the project by the end of the year. The research aims...

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