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CDW Stock on the Rise

April 18, 2007 CDW Corp., the parent company of government vendor CDWG, is having a big week on Wall Street. Thanks to an announcement by company officials that they expect to release a report of higher-than-expected first-quarter revenue, the stock jumped late last week about $5 a share to around $67 a share....

E-filing: Too Much of a Good Thing

April 18, 2007 The Internal Revenue Service encourages as many taxpayers to file electronically as possible. They may have got their wish, but now they have another problem. So many taxpayers submitted their returns electronically on April 16, the deadline for having your taxes filed, that the servers at Intuit Inc., which processes...

Dutch Worried About E-Voting Machines

April 18, 2007 The United States isn't the only country concerned about the accuracy and security of electronic voting machines. The Dutch government plans to redo its certification process for e-voting machines after an independent oversight committee criticized the govnerment for failures, the International Herald Tribune Europe reports.

Integrator CGI Faces Court Threat

April 18, 2007 Federal systems integrator CGI Group Inc. could be facing charges of conflict of interest in a $400 million (Canadian) contract it won from Public Works and Government Services of Canada, according to an article in the Ottawa Sun newspaper. CGI has dozens of contracts with state and local governments in...

E-filing Means Fewer IRS Jobs

April 17, 2007 The Internal Revenue Service will get rid of as many as 2,000 jobs because of its push into electronic tax filing, reports the Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass. The majority of those who will lose their jobs will be seasonal employees, those who process paper returns at the Andover tax...

Rep. Davis Explains Feds' Security Grade

April 17, 2007 Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., who oversees the issuance of agencies' security grades, wrote yesterday in The Hill newspaper's Congress Blog why the government's overall security grade increased from a D plus to a C minus. The reason: More agencies like the Department of Homeland Security know what electronic equipment they...

Student Loan Database Abused

April 16, 2007 Education Department officials are considering temporarily shutting down access to a student loan database due to some users accessing students' private data without permission, The Washington Post reports. Some student loan companies have allowed marketing firms, collection agencies and loan brokerages to mine the database to collect information from the...

SSA employee indicted for identity theft

April 13, 2007 A former Social Security Administration employee was indicted Wednesday in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for stealing identities from an SSA database, InformationWeek reports. Jennifer Batiste, 45, allegedly received $20 for each query she made to an SSA computer network to collect social security numbers and other information...

Maine's Medicaid System Costs Rise Again

April 13, 2007 Maine's Department of Health and Human Services will pay another $7 million on a failed Medicaid claims processing system before it can kill the project, according to an article in Maine's Times Record. The total cost of the claims processing system could surpass $70 million, close to five times the...

Experts: New Biometric Tech Promotes Privacy

April 12, 2007 In a recently released white paper, Information and Privacy commissioner of Ontario, Canada, Ann Cavoukian, and biometrics scientist Alex Stoianov, argue that a new biometric technology removes the privacy risks and concerns leveled at traditional biometric technology. Biometrics, which uses personal characteristics such as digital fingerprints and iris scans to...