Managing Technology

Cutting the Cord

WiMax could bridge the last mile to deliver wireless broadband access.


Treasury kills solo telecom contract

Department will use a General Services Administration contract instead, as GSA officials and some lawmakers advocated.


GSA fails in bid to take over NASA technology contract

Observers say NASA has been doing a good job of managing the contract vehicle, which offers agencies across government the opportunity to purchase specialized technology.


Justice Scalia warns against 'bureaucrat' judges

Supreme Court justice says low pay discourages successful lawyers from seeking judgeships, and favors those who spend their careers working in the judicial system.


GSA, Defense reach agreement on acquisition policies

GSA will not hold Pentagon funds over from one fiscal year to another, in keeping with Defense legal interpretations.


Defense officials seek better management of radio spectrum

Military users have been forced to make tough choices about when to use conflicting radio systems.


GSA chief at odds with agency auditors

Inspector general’s office says move to slash budget increases and reduce proposed audits threatens IG’s independence.

Technology 2007

Testing the Wind

Agencies are preparing some big technology deals for 2007, and the Army is leading the charge.


DHS science chief backs digital solution to communications woes

A universal digital communications backbone could help emergency responders nationwide stay in touch with one another.


GSA to solicit bids for managing wireless purchases

Effort is aimed at helping agencies get better deals on wireless services.


GSA information technology fund finishes year in the red

An internal report attributes losses to slow business in the agency’s regional IT shops.


Officials expect congressional oversight of IT to increase

Observers don’t, however, expect drastic changes in government information technology policy.


Defense auditors issue review of GSA contracting operations

Final report is mostly good news for regional shops, concluding that Defense organizations should continue to use them.


Treasury telecom procurement keeps bidders in suspense

Process of evaluating proposals – which were due Aug. 28 in the latest twist – is taking longer than expected.

Managing Technology

Telecom Muddle

Treasury revives a procurement fraught with protests.


Digital Diagnosis

The art of medicine takes on the science of technology.


Panel: Performance-based contracting slow to get traction

Acquisition advisory committee found that 42 percent of contracts classified as performance-based weren’t.


GSA not interested in contracting 'monopoly,' official says

But head of Federal Acquisition Service says agency should be only provider of some services, such as telecommunications and credit cards.


IRS updates modernization strategy

Tax agency will emphasize more frequent, incremental releases of products.


GSA to minimize auditors’ role in pre-contract award reviews

Administrator plans to use contractors to verify that companies applying for schedule contracts are listing reasonable prices.