- By Judi Hasson
- Nov 19, 2000
Making a mint
In late October, the U.S. Mint had its first $5
million day from online sales of coins and collectibles. The grand total
of online coin orders in the past year is $156 million, according to Glenn
Hall, Electronic Business Office director at the U.S. Mint. That makes the
U.S. Mint one of the Top 20 electronic retailers in the world.
Who's running HUD IT?
Changes are looming in the looming in the IT shop at the Department of Housing
and Urban Development. Scott Cragg, who has a stellar reputation as the
deputy assistant secretary for technical services, will be working more
closely with HUD chief information officer Gloria Parker. Meanwhile, Joseph
Smith, the assistant secretary of the administration office that oversees
IT, may lose some clout. None of those folks are returning phone calls,
but something is going on. HUD spokesman Veda Lamar confirmed that there
are "changes under way, but they are not complete. We have no information
to provide publicly."
Another Ralph Nader?
Lance Brown, the creator of the StopCarnivore.org,
is setting his sights on the 2008 presidential race. By then, Brown, 27,
will be old enough by law to hold the office. He's drawn some public
opinion already: Brown's
online petition against Carnivore, the FBI's e-mail sniffer, had picked
up 1,517 signatures as of Nov. 17. Brown's petition argues that the Carnivore
violates constitutional protections against illegal search. FBI officials
argue that Carnivore falls into the same category as phone tapping and can
be used without violating a person's privacy.
State site getting makeover
The State Department is revamping its Web site, beefing
up its home page with nine section portals to replace the five it currently
uses. The makeover is designed to be more user-friendly, said Colleen Hope,
director of electronic information at State. "The site was created in 1997.
and anything from 1997 is pretty old right now," she said. The new site,
slated to go online by the end of January, will offer icons linking users
to nine second-tier locations, including general information about the department;
countries and regions; international topics and issues; history, education
and culture; travel and living overseas; and a business center and employment