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White House heaps accolades, and money, on National Science Foundation

February 4, 2002 President Bush proposed a 5 percent budget increase for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal 2003, well above the 1.3 percent boost he proposed in fiscal 2002. The request fulfilled expectations that Bush would request a bigger increase for federal research on basic science and information technology this year....

Commerce export bureau emphasizes homeland security role

January 9, 2002 On a wall next to the office entrance of Ken Juster, head of the Commerce Department's Bureau of Export Administration (BXA), hangs a giant aerial photo of ground zero in New York, taken soon after Sept. 11. The photo is a reminder that Juster, in addition to overseeing the nation's...

White House outreach office shifts focus

January 8, 2002 Taking the job as head of the White House's Office of Public Liaison has been like "drinking water from a fire hydrant" but has been a rewarding position, Lezlee Westine said Dec. 20 in an interview reflecting on her first year at the White House. Westine was one of President...

Move to digital government sparks state privacy concerns

January 3, 2002 While all 50 states made significant progress during 2001 in integrating information technology into government services, that progress is raising new questions about how states are protecting individuals' private information, according to a new survey from the Progress and Freedom Foundation (PFF) and the Center For Digital Government. "Without a...

Federal critical infrastructure office reaches out to states

December 21, 2001 The Commerce Department's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) will host a series of regional conferences in early 2002 to encourage owners of the nation's critical infrastructure to share the lessons they learned from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Information gathered at the conferences, which are intended to facilitate federal outreach...

Bush high-tech council to discuss terrorism at first meeting

December 12, 2001 White House officials will convene the first meeting today of the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology to discuss broadband policy, research and development priorities, as well as the role of technology in stopping terrorism and increasing energy efficiency. Among the high-tech executives expected at the meeting are...

State, local officials seek federal help on homeland security

December 11, 2001 Local and state police and public health officials on Tuesday asked Congress to give them money and to change current law to help them protect communities from potential terrorist attacks. In two separate Senate hearings, representatives from police and mayoral offices, counties and the public health sector said they lack...

OMB orders agencies to boost spending on computer security

December 4, 2001 The Office of Management and Budget will require federal agencies to submit budget plans that include funds for boosting computer security because the government has continued to get failing grades in that area, a key administration official said Tuesday. White House cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke told attendees of the Business...

Firms show strong interest in building new federal network

November 28, 2001 The General Services Administration said Wednesday that it received 167 responses from the private sector to a request for information on how the government could build GovNet, a private computer network for federal agencies that would be separate from the Internet. GSA called the response rate "very strong" and expects...

Cybersecurity chief pushes early-warning system

November 26, 2001 The top priorities for the White House Office of Cyberspace Security include the creation of both an early-warning network for cyberattacks and an analysis center that would help the government target the most vulnerable points in the nation's critical infrastructure, the office's chief said last week in an interview with...