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GSA financial situation worse than predicted

July 18, 2006 Financial shortfalls at the General Services Administration are worse than anticipated, according to internal financial documents obtained by Government Executive. As of June 30, the Federal Technology Service reported a $104 million deficit for this fiscal year, the documents stated. Originally, the beleaguered agency had predicted that FTS would lose...

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The ID Nightmare

July 15, 2006 It's coming in three months and almost no one is ready. The biggest governmentwide technology mandate ever takes effect before Halloween, but little of the necessary infrastructure exists. By Oct. 27, according to an August 2004 presidential directive, agencies must begin issuing interoperable smart card identification badges to new employees...

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Hooked by Hackers

July 15, 2006 No patch can fix the most vulnerable spot in any network: the user. Everyone knows not to click on the link in the e-mail claiming your bank account is overdrawn, and not to open attachments from strangers, either-it's a dangerous digital world. What about an e-mail from your superior, instructing...

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Failure of digital detection system allows millions in tax fraud

July 14, 2006 The Internal Revenue Service paid up to $300 million in bogus tax refunds this year because it failed to complete an update of its digital tool for catching falsified tax returns. The IRS had tried to field a new Web-based version of its Electronic Fraud Detection System in time for...

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Senator places hold on GSA reorganization bill

July 7, 2006 Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vt., has placed a hold on legislation to consolidate the General Services Administration's two revolving funds, which could further delay the agency's ongoing reorganization. The agency has tried for more than a year to have Congress pass a law consolidating funding for the Federal Technology Service and...

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Getting on the Same Wavelength

July 1, 2006 Incompatible radio technologies force the Pentagon to refocus its high-tech vision. Tomorrow's military should be faster, lighter and even more lethal, owing to myriad battlefield sensors feeding information to troops. Thanks to their information edge and speed, soldiers in the future should be able to find and shoot enemies before...

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Rules for competition in IT consolidation called too restrictive

June 30, 2006 Legislative restrictions on the government's ability to contract out jobs performed by civil servants could hinder a governmentwide attempt to streamline financial management computer systems, an industry representative told lawmakers earlier this week. The Office of Management and Budget's lines of business effort asks agencies to consolidate information technology systems...

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E-Passports: It's What's Inside

June 15, 2006 Passports, mandatory for U.S. citizens re-entering from abroad since 1915, are about to get a high-tech makeover. Starting later this year, American passports will include an embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tag in the back cover. The chip will duplicate the information printed inside the passport and contain security measures...

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Telecom Transformation

June 15, 2006 Before they can make the transition to a huge new contract, agencies must clean house. Successfully shifting almost the entire government to Networx, the biggest-ever telecommunications contract, will require agencies to purge years' worth of accumulated communications clutter and maybe transform their understanding of how they use telecommunications. Agencies "need...

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GSA names career executive as procurement chief

June 5, 2006 A career civil servant will become the first permanent commissioner of the General Services Administration's consolidated procurement organization, the agency announced Monday. Jim Williams, who has served as director of the Homeland Security Department's U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology project since July 2003, will head GSA's nascent Federal...