- By Judi Hasson
- Aug 14, 2000
Horn's Security Quiz
Some information technology execs are grumbling about the new plan by
Rep. Stephen Horn (R-Calif.) to grade federal agencies on their information
Horn, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee's Government
Management Subcommittee, has mailed a six-page document to 52 departments
and agencies, requesting information about their policies, controls and
security planning. The document went out just last week, and responses are
due back by Aug. 18, with a hearing scheduled for Sept. 6 to release the
grades. Besides complaining about the short deadline, agency heads say the
criteria for success remains a mystery. "It's too broad a brush," lamented
one security chief.
The basis of the grading system is still to be determined. "It will
be "A' to "F.' Hopefully, we'll have a bunch of "As' and Bs'," said Bonnie
Heald, spokeswoman for Horn.
Carlin's Case for Stickin'
U.S. Archivist John Carlin said he intends to stay in office to complete
the creation of an electronic archive that would make government records
available online "anytime, any place." That means he plans to be the nation's
chief recordkeeper for at least another five years. Carlin, a former governor
of Kansas, was nominated for archivist of the United States in 1995 by President
Clinton but said he does not plan to depart when the president does in January.
The National Archives and Records Administration is about two years into
the complex electronic archive project, which should be ready in 2004 or
Energy Secuirty Spoof
Circulating in the Energy Department and elsewhere is a spoof on the
security lapses at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where disks disappeared
and security breaches are being investigated. Among the top 10 orders effective
immediately, ostensibly from Energy Secretary Bill Richardson: Computer
disks containing nuclear secrets will no longer be left on the picnic table
at the staff commissary during lunch. From DOE: a rather frosty "no comment."
Dialing for Dollars
The Republican National Convention held in Philadelphia served as more
than the launch pad for Texas Gov. George W. Bush's race to the White House.
It was also where Sen. Spence Abraham (R-Mich.) launched the Abraham 2000
Mobile Edition a wireless, interactive, Web-based drop box to his re-election
In an e-first, wireless technology is enabling his supporters to reach
out and contribute to his re-election. They can do this by making financial
contributions via Internet-enabled cell phones and personal digital assistants handheld phones that also include some computer and networking features.
Supporters logging on to www.abraham2000.net will be able to follow campaign
news and volunteer.
According to the Web site, Yahoo Internet Life magazine named Abraham
the "No. 1 Net-Friendly Member of Congress" for his understanding of the
Internet's potential. Anywhere Technology, a mobile Internet application
development firm based in Hillsdale, Mich., built Abraham's wireless campaign
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