- By Judi Hasson
- Jul 17, 2000
Behind the Mona Lisa
The security problem that put former CIA Director John Deutch in hot
water may soon be a thing of the past. Chief information officers at various
agencies are looking into supplying Cabinet secretaries with secure systems
in their homes so that they can work on classified documents in the comfort
of their own living rooms.
The first problem is installing a vault to store classified disks, and
the second is making sure that the systems are hack-proof. Eventually, the
security hounds hope to install encrypted lines to the homes of Cabinet
secretaries to keep their secrets safe.
We hear that Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers may be first in line
to get this great new system so that he can keep up with markets around-the-clock
and make sure that threats to global financial systems remain dormant.
No one said anything about sleeping.
Talk of My Demise is Greatly Exaggerated
When a workaholic takes a vacation, people are bound to talk. And the
talk turned to speculation about whether IRS CIO Paul Cosgrave, who was
not at his downtown post for two weeks, is leaving.
No way, Cosgrave told us. He said the two weeks he took off recently was
the first vacation he's had in the two years he has been on the job.
"Here's my response," he said. "I have a four-year term, and I'm two
years into my term. Ask me two years from now."
Just for the record, Cosgrave said he's taking seven weeks off this
year, including two without pay. And if you want to call that a sabbatical,
go right ahead.
Build it and They Will Come
The e-mail is flying in to the World Wide Web site that Sen. Joseph
Lieberman (D-Conn.) and his counterpart Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) created
to collect public comments about government [FCW, May 22]. You can read
all the comments on the site, which include suggestions for giving government
employees free computers at home, an offer of free software and even comments
on what's wrong with the site.
"I found your Web site a bit difficult to use," said one citizen. And from
another anonymous reader, "Many of the federal Web pages have become a site
of self praise without usable public comment." The Web site is located at
Candi Harrison, the Web manager at the Department of Housing and Urban
Development, told attendees at the E-Gov conference in Washington, D.C.,
July 10 that her team of management analysts are working on the next-generation
HUD site. But don't expect too much sophistication. She said her team knows
they can't have flashy graphics because HUD is still "trying to reach people
with 14.4 [kilobits/sec] modems...and there are plenty of them out there."
A sizable portion of the site will be database-driven, but not all of
it. We find it refreshing that someone out there actually knows who her
If you're thinking of moving to Silicon Valley because the weather is
nicer than in steamy Washington, D.C, consider this: The cost of hiring
a nanny has skyrocketed out on the left coast, according to the San Jose
The labor market is so tight that nannies are commanding as much as
$35,000 a year or $18 to $20 an hour, not to mention college tuition, health
insurance, a car and even a health club membership. Makes the second high-tech
capital look more appealing now, doesn't it?