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Feds set new encryption standard

October 3, 2000 The National Institute of Standards and Technology picked an encryption algorithm developed by two Belgians as the new government advanced encryption standard that replaces a standard developed 23 years ago. After conducting a three-year international competition, NIST chose the "Rijndael" algorithm, which provides up to 256-bit encryption capabilities, far above...

FAA chief admits computer security lapses

September 28, 2000 Under tough questioning from House Science Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Jane Garvey Wednesday acknowledged her agency has experienced serious security lapses but assured lawmakers she has "a degree of confidence" the public is safe. Garvey's remarks to the committee were prompted by a General Accounting...

Industry, senators push to block 'blacklisting' rules

September 27, 2000 Two senators, the high-tech industry and members of the broader business community on Tuesday urged the Senate to vote on legislation that would block new rules establishing ethics standards for government contractors. The so-called "blacklisting" rule, which the Clinton administration is working to implement this year, is designed to prevent...

Study: GOP convention Internet audience disappointing

August 15, 2000 Industry watchers who are looking at the combination of the presidential conventions and the Internet as a harbinger of things to come might be disappointed, according to a recent Harvard University study on Web traffic. Despite the hype about the "e-convention" and the plethora of Internet media who provided coverage...

Bush says he would appoint governmentwide CIO

June 12, 2000 Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush Friday laid out his plan for improving the government through the use of the Internet and announced he would appoint a federal chief information officer to accelerate the development of an "e-government." Just days after Democratic rival Vice President Al Gore unveiled his digital...

Senator asks OSHA to delay ergonomics hearing

June 5, 2000 Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's Employment, Safety and Training Subcommittee, has asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to postpone a July 7 hearing on the agency's new ergonomics regulations proposal. Citing the rule's potential effect on the U.S. Postal Service...

Enforcers seek funding to combat computer crime

May 26, 2000 With threats from computer viruses and computer theft accelerating, law enforcement officials told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that they need more funding to combat computer crimes and expressed support for an Internet security bill (S. 2448) that would toughen current enforcement laws on computer crime. Michael Vatis, director of...

Citing security, EPA to limit online information

April 28, 2000 It is a rare occurrence when House Commerce Committee Chairman Tom Bliley, R-Va., and President Clinton stand together on an issue, but when it comes to information the Environmental Protection Agency may post on the Internet with regard to potential chemical disasters, the two are on the same page. The...

Uncle Sam enlists Hollywood in IT workforce plan

April 25, 2000 Working with a Hollywood-based film company to produce commercials that make technology jobs look cool is one of the federal government's numerous projects to improve IT recruitment, career planning and retention at agencies, according to a Chief Information Officer Council Federal IT Workforce Committee memo released late last week. The...

Justice to investigate White House e-mail problems

March 24, 2000 The Justice Department campaign finance task force has launched a criminal inquiry into whether White House computer breakdowns made it impossible to search incoming e-mails in response to congressional subpoenas regarding campaign finance and other issues, according to a White House counsel federal court filing. "The task force intends to...