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Davis’ seat
One of the seemingly unnoticed items from the Lurita Doan hearing March 28: Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) may be pondering a career change.

Davis, the ranking minority member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was one of the most vocal defenders of Doan, administrator of the General Services Administration.

One of the allegations facing Doan is whether she violated the Hatch Act by attending a brown bag lunch meeting at GSA headquarters on Jan. 25. The meeting featured Bush administration political operatives. The Hatch Act prohibits government agencies and employees from engaging in political activities on the job.

During the hearing, the committee handed out the PowerPoint slides from that meeting. Most of them reviewed the November midterm elections. One slide also listed the Republican House targets for 2008. Another listed Republican seats that might be vulnerable.

One seat listed as vulnerable is Davis’ district in Northern Virginia. And Davis’ name had an asterisk, indicating that the “member may not seek re-election.”

Of course, Davis has been considering a run for a Senate seat should Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) decide to retire. But could Davis be pondering a career change altogether?

Speaking on Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C., last week after the hearing, Davis said he’s not  leaving  any time soon.
Back in 2005, Davis pondered leaving the House for a high-paying  job with the National Federation of Independent Business. He decided to stay put.

“I’m the focal point on these issues, and if I were to leave, somebody would have a hard time picking up the ball,” Davis said. “There will come a time when I look back and say that there is a time for somebody else, but as long as I’m feeling productive for the region, I feel honor-bound to stay.”

Water, water everywhere
What’s that famous joke? “I wouldn’t have to be paranoid if everybody wasn’t out to get me.”

Well, the bloggers don’t miss a thing. During Doan’s hearing last week, the committee had to take a break for floor votes, and the audio catches her saying, “Take my water, and my glasses. I don’t want to leave any fingerprints, they’ve got me totally paranoid.”

The new must-have e-mail address
One of the cachet items in Washington, D.C., is to have a who.eop.gov e-mail address. That, of course, refers to the White House’s Executive Office of the President. But during the Doan hearing,  it came out that  apparently some White House staff members were using a gwb43.com e-mail address, which stands for George W. Bush, the 43rd president. According to records, gwb43.com is owned by the Republican National Committee.

What — the White House e-mail system doesn’t work?
And the FOSE winners are...FOSE 2007, the government’s largest gathering of information technology professionals, proved once again to be a major showcase for the introduction of new technology products and innovations.

More than 100 high-tech companies submitted new products in Government Computer News’ Best of FOSE Awards program. In all, 17 products from 16 companies received the distinguished award across a wide range of technology categories.

One product, the second-generation Opteron processor from Advanced Micro Devices, was chosen as the overall Best of Show. The awards are judged by the GCN Lab staff and the technology editors of GCN and Washington Technology for outstanding technology advancement and innovation.

“The federal government spends more than $75 billion annually on information technology, so industry pays close attention,” said Wyatt Kash, editor in chief of GCN. “ This made choosing this year’s Best of FOSE products very difficult. The editors looked for product innovation particularly suited to the public sector, and we were not disappointed. Participating companies showcased new ways for government to operate more efficiently, safeguard our country and move our national agenda forward.”

Category award recipients were:

  • Best in Show: Advanced Micro Devices, Opteron processor.
  • Data management software: American Power Conversion, InfraStruXure Central Version 4.0.
  • Desktop computer: Hewlett-Packard, dc5750 Microtower PC.
  • Displays: NEC, LCD2690WUXi LCD monitor.
  • Enterprise hardware: Gateway Computers, E-9722R Server.
  • Enterprise systems: Hewlett-Packard, Neoview.
  • Handheld device: Research in Motion, Blackberry 8800.
  • Network administration software: Splunk, Splunk.
  • Laptop computer: Motorola, ML910 Rugged Notebook.
  • Printer: Xerox, Phaser 8560MFP Printer.
  • Scanner: Kodak, i1860  Scanner.
  • Security hardware: CPR Tools, DefenDisk.
  • Security peripherals: MXI Security, Stealth MXP.
  • Security software: BioPassword, BioPassword
  • Software: Microsoft, Windows Vista.
  • Storage: Isilon Systems, Isilon IQ.
  • Videoconferencing: Codian, MCU 4500 Voice and Video Bridge.

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