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WITS 2001 deadline extended

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service this month extended the deadline for commenting on the WITS 2001 draft request for proposals to June 24, setting the program back about a month. GSA personnel plan to meet individually with vendors to discuss the solicitation from June 15 to June 18.

WITS 2001 will provide local voice and data services to federal offices in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Web site organization considered

With federal World Wide Web sites proliferating, the National Partnership for Reinventing Government and the Government Information Technology Services Board are looking at whether the government can make it easier for the public to find the sites they want.

NPR deputy director and GITSB chairman Greg Woods said officials are exploring ways federal Web sites might be indexed or sorted, perhaps based on the constituencies that would be interested in them or the types of transactions they provide. Backers of the concept are calling it Webgov, but Woods said no project is planned to test it out.

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OMB releases final Y2K draft

In the final draft of an Office of Management and Budget quarterly report on agencies' progress with the Year 2000 problem, the Department of Veterans Affairs maintained its rank in the highest of three tiers assigned by OMB.

The VA, along with eight other agencies, ranked in Tier III for the Year 2000 problem, representing sufficient progress in combatting the computer bug. Federal Computer Week reported last week that the VA had been placed in a lower tier, Tier II, in a draft version of the report. Tier II includes agencies that are making progress but still are of concern to OMB.

No other agencies besides the VA changed tiers between the release of the draft report and the final quarterly report. The final report also estimated that the cost of the federal Year 2000 problem from 1996 through 2000 will be $5 billion. The estimate in the previous quarterly report was $4.7 billion.

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CIO Council, ITRB prep projects

Neil Stillman, deputy assistant secretary for information resources management at the Department of Health and Human Services, said last week that the Chief Information Officers Council has undertaken new projects to establish an e-mail interoperability laboratory and a "CIO University" to educate high-level federal information technology officials. Stillman also said the council is working on a "Security Best Practices" report.

Arnold Bresnick, CIO at the Agriculture Department, said the interagency Information Technology Resources Board is preparing a report, "The IT Brain Drain," and an updated "lessons learned" report on vision, leadership and technology management.

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Groups get new addresses

The Chief Information Officers Council, the Government Information Technology Services Board and the Information Technology Resources Board changed their Internet addresses effective June 1.

The new addresses are cio.gov, gits.gov and itrb.gov.

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New CEO at Tri-Cor

Peter E. Janke has been named chief executive officer of Tri-Cor Industries Inc., a federal systems integrator and information technology company based in Alexandria, Va.

Janke served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Government Technology Services Inc. through April 1997. In his new position, Janke will oversee the company's 850 employees and 12 offices nationwide.

Janke replaces Gen. Albert J. Edmonds, who was hired by Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s military systems division.

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