New Life for Old Machines

Representatives from the Office of the Vice President and various agencies joined parents teachers and students at Baltimore's Dunbar High School earlier this month to celebrate the transfer of nearly 400 excess federal computers to public schools and educational nonprofits. Six agencies - the Army Corps of Engineers the Federal Highway Administration NASA the General Services Administration the Justice Department and the Education Department donated the computers while Microsoft Corp. donated the operating system for each machine. The Lazarus Foundation a local nonprofit computer recycling group helped test and upgrade the machines. The event follows an April 17 executive order streamlining the process by which federal agencies can donate excess computer gear to schools and nonprofit groups. Last week the Defense Intelligence Agency donated 40 computer systems to Malcolm X Elementary School in Washington D.C.

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