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Study forecasts downturn in IT spending

October 30, 2006 Agency spending on information technology products and services will fall 10 percent to 25 percent over the next three years, according to a report released Friday by a consulting firm launched the same day. The report, "Government 2.0," also predicted double-digit growth in dollars going to companies that will directly...

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Doomed

June 10, 2002 The dirty little secret about the hastily and secretly composed Homeland Security Department proposal is that it is almost certainly doomed to fail. The sad truth is that it's all but a done deal. Stampeded by fear of what it perceives to be the public's impatience for action-any action-to forestall...

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Raising The Ante

June 1, 2002 Venture capitalists are helping government buy its way back into the emerging technology market. omputer gamer Gilman Louie now plays for keeps. Former chief of online projects at toy maker Hasbro, inventor of the popular Falcon F-16 flight simulator and importer of the hypnotic Soviet computer puzzle Tetris, Louie now...

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Management Counts

May 15, 2002 It makes a difference now more than ever. anagement matters. If you doubt it, just ask the folks at the Interior Department. They found out the hard way last December. The 2001 Federal Performance Report's findings about mismanagement at the Bureau of Indian Affairs kicked off a series of events...

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Oklahoma City survivor shares advice for managers

September 19, 2001 Terror, it seems, comes in the morning. On Sept. 11, it came at 8:45 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. at the World Trade Center, at 9:40 a.m. at the Pentagon. It was 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, when Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah building was blown open. Former Veterans Affairs...

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Special benefits procedures for terrorist victims and their families

September 13, 2001 President Bush on Thursday told federal agencies to excuse from duty employees who are unable to come to work or who are dealing with personal emergencies as a result of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Washington and New York. He said this special leave should be granted provided the employees "can...

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CIA employees get a pep talk

September 12, 2001 On Wednesday afternoon, Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet spoke to CIA employees about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Tenet is the leader of a national intelligence community whose efforts have been sharply attacked and criticized since the blasts. A number of...

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Benefits for families of those killed and for the injured

September 12, 2001 Survivors of federal civilian employees killed in Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon likely are eligible for annuities under the Civil Service Retirement System or Federal Employees Retirement System. To certify their eligibility and apply for those benefits, survivors can call 724-794-2005, where the Office of...

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CIA startup technology firm gets cautious thumbs-up

August 8, 2001 The CIA's edgy experiment in acquiring cutting-edge technology is a qualified success, according to a review by independent business executives. But the CIA lacks a clear strategy for developing or investing in information technology and that could hobble the upstart company's effort to bring the intelligence agency up to date....

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Managing for Results

April 15, 2001 The Federal Performance Project finds that mission clarity, while rare, is one of the strongest predictors of management success. othing is ever as simple as it seems." Those words are a fitting epigram for this year's Federal Performance Report. Though they were uttered by a Forest Service ranger referring to...