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The classified advertising section for federal chief information officers seems to be growing. We recently identified four great job openings for CIOs: at the Energy Department, the Transportation Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Why so many? Maybe the jobs are so demanding that people burn out and need to move on.

Not so, says Karen Evans, the Office of Management and Budget's administrator for e-government and information technology. She told Federal Computer Week in a recent interview, "If you like technology and want to see business transformation and you sit there and think, 'Gosh, if I were in charge, this is what I would do,' this is the job for you. You're there at every critical decision because no programs avoid using technology."

Miller hits the campaign trail

Harris Miller has resigned as president of the IT Association of America to run for a Virginia Senate seat against incumbent Republican George Allen. Robert Laurence was named ITAA's interim president.

Miller's plan has already sent shock waves through Virginia's IT and political communities. It prompted Oracle to decide not to renew its yearly membership in the IT organization, said Robert Hoffman, Oracle's vice president of government and public affairs.

He said Oracle belongs to a number of trade organizations and had been reviewing its membership plans for 2006. But he added that Allen is a "very strong supporter of our industry.... Oracle strongly believes that Republicans and Democrats who support our industry should stay in office. It's not a partisan issue at all."

Observers believe Miller, a Democrat, is a viable candidate. So do party members.

"Republicans can't count on Virginia to be a safe Republican state as they used to," said Kate Hanley, a former Democratic chairwoman of the Fairfax County, Va., Board of Supervisors.

Get video

Ever wonder why some committees on Capitol Hill use videocasting and some don't? The answer is simple: money.

Congressional sources tell us it can cost $250,000 to put video streaming in place -- a price many committees are unwilling to pay. Some have found audio streaming to be the second best way to keep the public informed. It's much cheaper, but you don't always know who is speaking.

Change is on the way. Denise Mixon, spokeswoman for the House Administration Committee's minority staff, said money has been earmarked to install video and audio services in all of the House's committee rooms this year.

To make that happen, the House released a request for proposals last month seeking a contractor to provide Webcasting for 20 House committees.

"It is the desire of the House to employ best practices by consolidating this demand into a single effort and incorporate the economies of scale to yield an effective, efficient and flexible agreement with a single vendor," the RFP states.

We predict this service will take off just as C-Span did when it began offering cable coverage of congressional hearings 25 years ago.

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