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NPR wants 'intelligent' portal sites

The Clinton administration plans to build an intergovernmental World Wide Web portal through which the public can access information about a wide variety of services available from federal and state government agencies.

The Office of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government has invited state agencies to help develop the portal, which NPR envisions as a "seamless government portal that is somewhat intelligent," said P.K. Agarwal, chairman of the state-level National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council, speaking last week at the Intergovernmental Technology Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Increasingly, organizations that build portals, which bring together a variety of information, services and links, look to tailor the portals to meet the particular interests of individual users.


GSA appoints e-commerce official

The General Services Administration last week named Mary Mitchell deputy associate administrator of the Office of Electronic Commerce in GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy. Mitchell replaces Tony Trenkle, who is now director of the electronic services staff at the Social Security Administration.

Mitchell will be responsible for supporting, coordinating and monitoring the government's implementation of e-commerce. She also will co-chair the Federal Electronic Commerce Program Office at the Defense Department. Mitchell previously was a program manager in the Information Technology and Applications Office of the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


FAA denies second protest

The Federal Aviation Administration has denied the second of two protests filed against a seven-year, $103 million contract award to develop data links that will enable the FAA to digitally transmit information between air traffic controllers and pilots. Crown Communications Inc. and a company only identified as ISN had protested last fall's award of the Aeronautical Data Link contract to Universal Systems & Technology.


Senate weighs Spotila nomination

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee last week questioned John Spotila, the Clinton administration's nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, on how much he would push agencies to comply with management and information technology reform laws.

Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the committee, said the Government Performance and Results Act and the Paperwork Reduction Act need to be addressed during Spotila's first day on the job.

Spotila, who is counselor to the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, said he plans to focus on agencies' compliance but added that the administration and Congress need to work together to make progress.


Three given Trail Boss awards

Three government project managers were given awards last week by the General Services Administration's Trail Boss program. The highest honor, the 1999 Trail Boss of the Year Award, went to Lt. Col. William Cox, deputy director of the Functional Information Special Projects Office at the Air Force's Standard Systems Group, for his work in rescuing three large manpower and readiness databases and getting the systems back on schedule.

Jerry Bennis, Defense Message System program manager at the Defense Information Systems Agency, received a special achievement award for his work in putting the Defense Message System back on track.

Craig Webster, project manager of the Y2K Project Office at Public Works Canada, also received a special achievement award for building Year 2000 readiness in the Canadian government.

The Trail Boss program, started in 1988, trains government executives to manage large, complex acquisition projects.


Woods to head ACS

Bob Woods, president and chief operating officer of the consulting and market research firm Federal Sources Inc., has resigned to become president of Business Applications Solutions Co., a unit of Affiliated Computer Services Inc., Rockville, Md.

Before joining Federal Sources in December 1997, Woods served as commissioner of the Federal Technology Service at the General Services Administration. He also has served at the departments of Veterans Affairs and Transportation.

Woods replaces Tom Green, who worked for 22 years for ACS and Computer Data Systems Inc., which ACS acquired in 1997. Woods will join Business Applications May 24.


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