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Waiting for Alliant

April 1, 2006 After much delay, GSA vows to roll out its governmentwide contract for technology purchases next year. Alliant, the $65 billion contract to provide the government with private-sector information technology services, is coming, promises the General Services Administration. It didn't come yesterday or today, but messengers say it surely will be...

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Polling Chads And Fads

April 1, 2006 Electronic voting machines are replacing other technologies, but they might not be the best solution. This year was to mark a new era of certainty for the American voting process: Punch card machines-which sparked the agony of hanging chads in the 2000 presidential election-a memory. Rows of glistening new voting...

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Pentagon official: GSA likely to pass contracting audit

March 23, 2006 A second round of Defense Department inspector general audits into contracting practices at the General Services Administration likely will deliver mostly positive results, a Defense official said Thursday. The audits are required under a law Congress passed in the wake of contracting abuse scandals uncovered at GSA and other intergovernmental...

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OMB expands technology consolidation effort

March 20, 2006 The Office of Management and Budget is pressing forward with its effort to consolidate and centralize federal information technology systems, despite admitting that not all the details are resolved. OMB last week kicked off three governmentwide task forces to review additional areas -- called "lines of business" -- it has...

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OMB: Questions remain in effort to consolidate financial systems

March 16, 2006 Uncertainties cling to a governmentwide mandatory effort to consolidate information technology systems for financial management, Office of Management and Budget officials acknowledged Wednesday. "There's a lot of questions out there that we still need to answer," said Karen Evans, OMB administrator of e-government and information technology. She testified at a...

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The Player

March 15, 2006 Lifelong civil servant takes on high-profile challenge to run GSA's new procurement services organization. G. Martin Wagner wakes up most days around 6 a.m. Typically, the new acting acquisition commissioner at the General Services Administration eats a breakfast of buttered sourdough toast with raspberry jam, chased by black coffee. On...

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Numbers Game

March 15, 2006 The IT budget proposal contains modest increases, but it might understate spending. Travel out West and chances are you'll see cheat grass, though ideally you shouldn't. An invasive species that earned its name by choking out native species such as sagebrush, it also has a propensity to burn easily. Look...

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FISMA Fizzles

March 15, 2006 A law meant to boost federal cybersecurity might be pressuring agencies to shuffle paper instead. Surreptitiously downloading adware onto computers over which he secretly gained control was lucrative business for Jeanson James Ancheta. The 20-year-old Los Angeles man pleaded guilty in federal court on Jan. 23 to garnering roughly $60,000...

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FISMA Fizzles

March 15, 2006 Surreptitiously downloading adware onto computers over which he secretly gained control was lucrative business for Jeanson James Ancheta. The 20-year-old Los Angeles man pleaded guilty in federal court on Jan. 23 to garnering roughly $60,000 by forcing his adware onto more than 400,000 computers. In America Online instant messaging service...

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GSA acquisition units report losses

March 6, 2006 Parts of the General Services Administration's two procurement organizations have been losing money for more than a year, according to agency documents and officials. Losses are greatest within the Federal Technology Service; this fiscal year alone, operating expenses and overhead costs for FTS' Regional IT Solutions organization could exceed revenue...