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Horn to release Y2K report cards

Rep. Stephen Horn (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology, this week will release grades to evaluate the federal government's progress toward solving the Year 2000 problem.

Horn has graded agencies based on investigative work by the subcommittee and the General Accounting Office as well as on information provided in quarterly reports from federal agencies.

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Spotila expected as OIRA nominee

John T. Spotila, general counsel of the Small Business Administration, is expected to be nominated to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.

An OMB spokesman said the Clinton administration has not decided when the official nomination will be made, but he said Spotila is the only person being considered for the job. As SBA general counsel, Spotila was the principal legal adviser to then-SBA administrator Erskine Bowles, who appointed Spotila to the position in 1993. Bowles is now White House chief of staff.

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Langston co-chairs CIO committee

Marvin Langston, deputy chief information officer of the Defense Department, will replace Anne Reed, Agriculture Department chief information officer, as co-chairman of the Chief Information Officers Council's Interoperability Committee, one of the largest and most complex of the council's undertakings.

Langston, who will co-chair the committee with Department of Health and Human Services Deputy CIO Neil Stillman, plans to continue his current work but also wants to focus on security interoperability issues.

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GAO names McClure to IT post

David McClure has been promoted to associate director for the General Accounting Office's information technology policies and issues group, replacing Christopher Hoenig, who left to start his own consulting practice.

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DTS protest denied

The General Accounting Office last week denied Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s protest of the award of the $263.7 million Defense Travel Systems contract to TRW Inc.

An EDS spokesman said the company is considering its options after receiving the GAO decision this week.

DTS will replace an antiquated paper-based travel voucher process with an integrated computer-based system that handles tasks ranging from pre-travel arrangements and trip authorization to payment— all without paper forms.

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CIOs adopt IT architecture

The CIO Council last week adopted a plan for a governmentwide information technology architecture that is designed to help agencies meet a mandate to align their computer systems with their business and mission needs. Rather than spell out a detailed description of a single federal architecture, the plan presents a model that agencies can use to find specific technologies that may overlap with common business practices.

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Harris wins secure VTC pact

The Defense Information Systems Agency last week awarded a $75 million contract to Harris Corp. for its Secure Video Teleconferencing System, based in Washington, D.C. Harris originally developed the SVTS network in 1985 for secure worldwide satellite transmission of full-motion video, voice, graphics and data to both studios and desktop systems.

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Volpe awards $105M in R&D

The Transportation Department's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center awarded four contracts on Friday valued at $105 million for communications, navigation and surveillance systems research.

The winning vendors are: Rannoch Corp., Stanford Telecommunications Inc., TASC Inc. and Systems Resources Corp. The contracts cover R&D efforts in air-, marine- and ground-based wide-area communications, navigation and surveillance systems and technologies.

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Diplomacy goes digital

President Bill Clinton and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern digitally signed a joint communique on electronic commerce in Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 4. The event marks the first time digital signatures have been used to sign an intergovernmental document, according to Baltimore Technologies Inc., the Dublin-based company that provided the digital signature system. The leaders signed the document using smart cards containing digital certificates to authenticate the identity of the users.

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