Set-Asides

Feds get low GPRA scores House Republicans last week gave all but one of the 24 largest federal agencies a failing score on plans that outline how they will manage information technology in meeting the Government Performance and Results Act. Agencies were scored in 10 categories including data capacity which is a measurement of how well an agency can produce reliable data for measuring performance and how well agencies plan to manage problem areas including high-risk IT projects. Only the Social Security Administration received a passing grade for data capacity - an 8.5 out of a possible 10. The Defense Department was the only agency that received a zero (see graphic Page 38).

No agency was given a passing score for proposing how it will manage and improve problem programs. Receiving a score of zero for this category were the Energy Department and the Agency for International Development. Twenty-two of 24 agencies received a failing score.

EC recommendations out

The Global Internet Project an international group of senior executives committed to encouraging the growth of the Internet last month recommended that to increase the use of electronic commerce on the Internet users should be permitted to decide whether key-escrow trusted-third-party or key-recovery security technologies would be appropriate for their electronic commerce environments.

The group's recommendations are in response to an Office of Management and Budget report released in July which recommended that private industry lead the effort to develop EC.

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