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WebGov portal expected by fall

With the backing of the President's Management Council, the General

Services Administration plans to have a portal for government interaction

with the public up and running by this fall. WebGov has been in development

for about two years, but it has been held back by various funding and technical

issues, such as the challenge of gathering links to every agency Web site.

But the council has said it will fund WebGov with several million dollars

through a "pass-the-hat" method or some other means, said Marty Wagner,

associate administrator of the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy.

Senate beefs up tech defense

The Senate Armed Services Committee last week called for funding increases

in key high-tech defense programs, including adding $246.3 million to speed

development of unmanned aerial vehicles. In its markup of the fiscal 2001

Defense authorization bill, the committee also responded to the growing

menace of cyberattacks by adding $76.8 million to kick-start an information

security scholarship program and a security institute. Overall, the committee

recommended $309.8 billion in budget authority for the Defense Department,

a figure that's $4.5 billion more than the Clinton administration asked

for in its fiscal 2001 budget.

GSA holding online garage sales

The General Services Administration has hired American Management Systems

Inc. to set up an Internet auction site — GSAAuctions.gov — where used and

surplus property held by the Federal Supply Service can be sold to the public.

The site should cut government costs by eliminating traditional physical

auctions. It should also increase government profits by opening auctions

to a bigger audience, a spokeswoman for AMS said. The government sold $260

million worth of surplus property in 1999.

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