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The list may not make David Letterman's "Late Show," but two advocacy groups — OMB Watch and the Center for Democracy and Technology — are looking for a few good documents to make the Ten Most Wanted list for 2004.

OMB Watch has a two-part survey on its Web site. The first part asks you to rate documents suggested by experts and then tell which documents you would most like the government to share with the public. The list includes 19 items. You can nominate the 20th.

The second part asks citizens to identify the biggest problems they face when trying to get information from the government.

For the link to the survey, go to FCW.com Download's Data Call at www.fcw.com/download or www.openthegovernment.org.

New power couple

And this report from Anne Armstrong, an intrepid reporter who also moonlights as Federal Computer Week's publisher: Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) and Virginia state Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites got engaged earlier this month. The couple has reportedly been house hunting, and location, the only important factor in real estate, took on even more significance because the new home needs to be located in two overlapping districts.

They also share a common interest in extending the power of the General Services Administration's schedules to state and local governments. Davis sponsored the federal legislation opening the schedules to other governments, and Devolites sponsored a bill in Virginia to change the regulations to allow cooperative purchasing.

Job fair

Want a federal job? Head to New York City April 20 when the Office of Personnel Management sponsors a federal pavilion at a recruitment fair at Madison Square Garden.

The pavilion will feature 40 booths manned by federal officials recruiting for positions in fields such as administration, management law and information technology. A wide range of agencies will be represented, including the departments of Agriculture, Energy and Homeland Security and the CIA — for those who dream of becoming the next James Bond.

Help wanted

There are, in fact, many jobs in the federal market and many people looking for them, according to OPM, which manages the USAJobs site.

Clarence Crawford, OPM's chief financial officer, said the Web site, one of five e-government initiatives that the agency runs, lists more than 18,000 federal jobs and has 400,000 résumés posted online.

Since the site launched last August, more than 45 million visitors have stopped by. With numbers like that, there should be some happy partnerships in the making.

One for the books

The Guinness World Records recently sent Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.'s Storage Device Division a bit of good news. It has certified Toshiba's 0.85-inch hard disk drive as the smallest drive in the world. Toshiba's drive will be featured in the 2005 edition of the "Guinness Book of World Records."

Portal pleasures

The American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council have a new look. The industry/government trade groups launched a Web portal to give members faster access to better information.

The portal, provided by Plumtree Software Inc., will include functions such as project tasking/ tracking and member list management. Check it out at www.iac online.org or www.actgov.org. n

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