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Getting Down to Business

May 10, 2006 The Industry Advisory Council will have you know that it's a very, very serious organization, and not Northern Virginia's primary conduit for federal IT business networking. IAC "has matured to the level that content is important," says Venkatapathi Puvvada, chief technology officer of Unisys Corp.'s global public sector and an...

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Insider named GSA’s acting chief of IT procurement

May 9, 2006 The General Services Administration on Tuesday named an agency insider as acting head of its new information technology procurement organization, effective June 5. The position to be filled by John Johnson, officially titled "assistant commissioner for integrated technology services," was vacated by Deidre Lee in March after she spent less...

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Senate panel backs GSA reorganization

May 2, 2006 A Senate committee on Tuesday brought the General Services Administration's ongoing internal reorganization one step closer to completion by unanimously approving a House bill that would merge the agency's two separate revolving funds. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee backed H.R. 2066, which would join funding for the...

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No Running Room

May 1, 2006 Squeezed by shrinking revenues and a growing number of competitors, the General Services Administration is trimming its sails to fit a new market. The General Services Administration is in a fight for its life. Insolvency-not just declining revenue-threatens the viability of the agency's two procurement organizations. At the agency's Federal...

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Connecting the Border

May 1, 2006 The Homeland Security Department is turning to industry for answers with its SBInet contract. Naco, Ariz., is a small and dusty town, steps away from the Mexican border. It's also a hot spot for illegal immigrants crossing into the United States. Groups daily slip through the barbed wire fences that...

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OMB: Competition key to consolidating financial systems

April 28, 2006 Public-private competitions will become compulsory for federal agencies outsourcing their financial management systems under the Bush administration's lines of business initiative, the Office of Management and Budget said this week in a response to questions from a lawmaker. OMB is leading an effort to shut down agencies' back-office information technology...

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Rules of the Road

April 26, 2006 Feeling celebratory about recent get-tough moves by the Internal Revenue Service, Commissioner Mark W. Everson called a press conference in March 2005. He was there to tout how the IRS had netted more than $3 billion-now closer to $4 billion-in unpaid tax revenue, interest and fines by cracking down on...

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Tangled Lines of Business

April 15, 2006 The administration's plan to consolidate technology is tied up in its own contradictions. The Office of Management and Budget is pulling the plug on computer systems that agencies use to support administrative work. Under its "lines of business" initiative, only a handful will remain to serve all of government. But...

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Rules of the Road

April 15, 2006 The IRS wants to modernize how it works along with the tools it uses. Feeling celebratory about recent get-tough moves by the Internal Revenue Service, Commissioner Mark W. Everson called a press conference in March 2005. He was there to tout how the IRS had netted more than $3 billion-now...

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Bush names new GSA administrator

April 6, 2006 The White House on Thursday announced that a Virginia businesswoman will be nominated to become the next General Services Administration administrator. The agency has lacked a permanent administrator since Stephen Perry retired at the end of October. If confirmed by the Senate, Lurita Alexis Doan will replace David Bibb, a...