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Clinton creates Net anti-crime group

President Clinton last week established a working group of top government officials to examine how law enforcement agencies can better investigate and prosecute criminal activities conducted via the Internet.

The Clinton administration decided to form the working group because there was "recognition within the government that there were some real issues" revolving around computer crime, a White House official said. "There was an explosion [of legislation] at both the federal and the state level, and there was concern that if we passed a lot of legislation without taking a systematic look at this, we would end up with a haphazard approach to the problem."

As part of its task, the group will examine how new technology tools can aid the government in finding Internet crime - such as the online sale of guns or illegal drugs, fraud and the peddling of child pornography - that has taken root on the World Wide Web.


WebGov delayed until next year

Federal officials have delayed the unveiling of a pilot version of WebGov, a mega-World Wide Web site for federal information that the General Services Administration has been working on for more than a year.

GSA had planned to show off a WebGov pilot at the Interagency Resources Management Conference, scheduled for Sept. 7-10 in Williamsburg, Va. But sources last week said leaders at the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, which is involved in the project, delayed the unveiling until February because WebGov will not be ready next month (see related story, Page 10).


DOE to discipline lab workers

Energy Secretary Bill Richardson last week recommended disciplinary action against three Los Alamos National Laboratory employees for failing to take action in the case of spy suspect Wen Ho Lee. Richardson did not name the officials, but they are reportedly former lab director Sig Hecker and two former counter-intelligence officials, Robert Vrooman and Terry Craig. All three are still employed at the lab.

An investigation by the DOE inspector general found, among other lapses, that one of the counterintelligence officials failed to find a privacy waiver that Lee had signed in 1995 allowing a search of his computer. Consequently, the FBI did not search the computer until Lee gave the agency permission to do so this spring. Investigators then discovered Lee had transferred classified files to an unclassified computer. Lee was fired in March.


Law firm builds IT practice

Steve Ryan, a partner with Brand, Lowell and Ryan, plans to join the Washington, D.C., office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, a 230-member firm based in Los Angeles. Sources say Manatt is interested in building its high-technology practice and has been actively seeking attorneys with substantial IT practice. In the late 1980s, Ryan was the point man for the Senate's oversight and procurement agenda. He now represents a number of high-tech companies. Ryan and four other attorneys from his firm will move to Manatt, and his current firm will dissolve.


CACI names president

Kenneth Johnson has been named president of CACI Inc. He will replace Ron Ross, who will leave the company Oct. 1.

Johnson will reinforce CACI's business development, merger and acquisition, and internal growth strategies, a CACI spokeswoman said. CACI Inc.'s primary operations are in the federal, state and local government markets.

He previously worked as a consultant with Federal Sources Inc. and was president of Cordant Inc.


AF awards integration pact

The Air Force last week launched the initial phase of a 15-year, $550 million program for integration and operation of the service's next generation of flight simulators. The initial six-month, $1.1 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts were awarded to Computer Sciences Corp., Science Applications International Corp., CACI Inc. and TRW Inc.

In Phase One, each vendor has been tasked to come up with a plan for supporting the operation of the Air Force's worldwide network of real-time simulators, including technical analysis, system performance parameters and integration and networking strategies. The Air Force then will select one of the vendors to carry out the remainder of the contract.

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