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Administration launches cybersecurity office

October 9, 2001 The White House Tuesday officially launched a new, separate office focusing on information security and appointed of Richard Clarke as President Bush's special adviser on cybersecurity issues. Previously, cybersecurity was part of the administration's general anti-terrorism efforts. For that reason, several high-tech industry officials said cybersecurity issues were not getting...

White House's e-gov point man details two-year plan

September 25, 2001 Mark Forman, director of technology and e-government at the White House, said Tuesday he is looking to reshape, within two years, how the federal government communicates with citizens, businesses, states and internal employees. His plan aims to save the nation up to $270 billion by reducing the amount of redundant...

White House to unveil new Web site

August 27, 2001 Eight months after Bush administration staff took control of the White House Web site, a revamped version of the site is scheduled to be launched in late summer or early fall. The site will have better graphics, navigation tools and a "superior" search engine, said a White House spokesman. The...

Government to fund technology projects focusing on speed, security

August 23, 2001 Over the next year, the federal government will be investing in multiple technology-related research and development efforts, including developing a faster Internet, more secure software and high-speed computers, according to a new report issued by the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Information Technology Research and Development. The estimated $1.97 billion...

Lawmaker rallies troops on repeal of contractor ethics rules

May 7, 2001 Members of the National Alliance Against Blacklisting, a vendors' group, promised Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., on Friday they would write letters to support the Bush administration's proposal to reverse recently implemented ethics regulations for federal contracts. At a thank-you rally organized by alliance members for Davis, the lawmaker urged members...

GOP, Bush, may clash over plans for federal CIO

January 23, 2001 President Bush and Republican lawmakers may clash early in the new administration over the issue of which office should house the federal chief information officer (CIO). Bush has proposed issuing an executive order to designate the deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as the...

Bush likely to name federal CIO, not technology 'czar'

January 11, 2001 While the transition staff for President-elect Bush weighs whether to create a senior White House high-tech adviser--or "czar," as some have dubbed the policy position--the Bush administration will probably designate a high-ranking official to serve as governmentwide chief information officer. Observers believe it is likely Bush will issue an executive...

FAA urged to step up computer security efforts

December 7, 2000 In the wake of a September report identifying security lapses in the computer system of the Federal Aviation Administration, the General Accounting Office Wednesday published official recommendations on how the agency might increase its security. In its new report, "FAA Computer Security: Recommendations to Address Continuing Weaknesses" (GAO-01-171) GAO recommended...

Once-controversial computer security plan moves forward

November 17, 2000 A year ago, government officials faced a firestorm of controversy from civil liberties groups over their plan for the Federal Intrusion Detection Network, or FIDNet. But this year, when Congress approved funding for the computer-security program, hardly a word of protest was heard. Senate appropriators quietly slipped $8 million in...

Election uncertainty may boost calls for e-voting initiatives

November 15, 2000 Former Federal Election Commission member Trevor Potter expects the voting irregularities that occurred in Florida to increase the pressure on states and election boards to move toward Internet voting. "I think the situation in Florida will increase the push for change," Potter said last Friday as part of a panel...