American memory

Digital interviews from people who were in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks are online as part of a folklore collection at the Library of Congress' Web site.

"September 11, 2001, Documentary Project," which resembles the library's "After the Day of Infamy: 'Man-on-the-Street' " interviews following the attack on Pearl Harbor, includes nearly 200 audio and video interviews, 45 graphics and 21 written narratives. Recollections and children's drawings started pouring in during the weeks after the attacks.

The site offers .WAV, MP3 and RealAudio sound files. MPEG-1, RealMedia and Apple Computer QuickTime files capture moving images. Visit the site at memory., or find the link on Download's Data Call at download.

On the home front

CDW Government officials recently released the results of their first federal telework survey, which show a gap between federal workers' interest in telework and the policies and infrastructure needed to support it. Nearly 90 percent of federal respondents said they are interested in telework, but less than 20 percent said they do it.

Getting better all the time

Office of Personnel Management officials have launched an online service to help federal human resources specialists speed up the hiring process. The Federal Hiring Flexibilities Resource Center Web site includes direction and guidance on the appointment of veterans and hiring flexibilities.

OPM officials also created another Web site for the Chief Human Capital Officers Council at It provides access and links to government memos and other information for the human resources community.

Find a link to the resource center on Download's Data Call at

Streamlining at the VA

Department of Veterans Affairs officials have issued a 120-day contract to Topgallant Partners, a company owned by disabled veterans, and its partners, ValueMetrics and META Group, to analyze the information technology structure and service delivery at the VA and look for ways to cut costs and increase efficiency. With a growing number of soldiers expecting to leave the military after serving in Iraq, VA officials anticipate veteran services to be in demand long after the U.S. military leaves Iraq.

A high-tech president

Word on the street is that Virginia's Democratic Gov. Mark Warner is exploring his options for a presidential run in 2008. Recent history shows that southern Democratic governors, with names like Clinton and Carter, have done well in national polls. And wouldn't it be interesting to have someone in the White House who knows high tech?

Warner was a founding partner of Columbia Capital and helped create more than 70 telecommunications and IT companies. But for you campaign watchers, it's too early to start making predictions about 2008.

New name

What's in a name? A lot it seems. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee has changed its name to reflect its expanded homeland security oversight. Its new name is the Homeland Security and Govenrmental Affairs Committee.

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