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The Great Wall

March 1, 2006 Forget the military secrets-Chinese hackers might really be after logistics data from the Pentagon's unclassified computer network. When revved up, today's U.S. military is just about unstoppable in a conventional war. Foreign nations with a yen to compete against the United States know this, and wars against governments in Iraq...

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Meta-Mania

March 1, 2006 XBRL could take the sting out of organizing and analyzing financial data. The federal government has a hard time keeping track of its money-especially money that goes from one agency to another. In fact, agencies often can't agree on how many dollars they transfer among themselves. Year after year, the...

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Meta-Mania

March 1, 2006 The federal government has a hard time keeping track of its money -- especially money that goes from one agency to another. In fact, agencies often can't agree on how many dollars they transfer among themselves. Year after year, the Government Accountability Office declares intragovernmental transactions a material weakness in...

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GSA to cut 400 employees in face of declining revenue

February 27, 2006 Employees at the General Services Administration's acquisition shops are bracing for a round of personnel cuts. Two consecutive years of declining revenue within the Federal Technology Service has left that organization in the untenable position of having costs exceed revenue, said Martin Wagner, acting commissioner of FTS and its sister...

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GSA reworks strategy for technology services contract

February 21, 2006 The General Services Administration is touting what it calls an innovative rethink of its still-in-development $65 billion solicitation for information technology services, called Alliant. In an online video posted Tuesday, Alliant Project Manager Jim Ghiloni detailed the results of GSA's effort to reshape the procurement. The agency released a draft...

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GSA eliminates no firms in first round of telecom contract bidding

February 16, 2006 All four major telecommunication carriers vying for the General Service Administration's Networx Universal solicitation have made it through the first round of proposal evaluations. Teams led by AT&T, MCI, Qwest and Sprint Nextel all want a stake in the contract vehicle's minimum revenue guarantee of $525 million for providing telecommunication...

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IG faults Treasury’s management of major telecom procurement

February 13, 2006 The Treasury Department should consider canceling its solo effort to procure telecommunications services, the department's inspector general recommended in a new report. According to the redacted report, Treasury never adequately analyzed potentially cheaper alternatives to the Treasury Communications Enterprise procurement. It failed to do so when it first issued its...

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Budget includes modest boost for IT programs

February 6, 2006 President Bush's proposed fiscal 2007 budget would allow moderate growth for some civilian information technology programs. Contained within the administration's $2.77 trillion budget is approximately $64.3 billion in proposed spending on IT. Slightly more than half that amount -- $33.7 billion -- is slated for civilian IT, with the remainder...

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Systems Doctor

February 1, 2006 The VA chief information officer has more power than ever, but will it get IT back on track? All was not well at the Bay Pines Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Florida during the winter of 2003-2004. Surgery had to be canceled for a patient already in a holding room...

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Missed Signals

February 1, 2006 Katrina laid bare the sorry state of emergency communications-now what? When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast during the early morning of Aug. 29, telephone and cell phone networks folded like matchsticks. The power grid went down. In New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin and about a dozen staffers retreated from...