- By Judi Hasson
- Dec 10, 2000
It's been three years since Wendell Joice even had an office at the
General Services Administration. As team leader of the governmentwide telework
program at GSA, he's been working happily at home. "I find it distracting
to go to the office. I wonder how I ever worked there," Joice said in a
phone interview from his home in Washington, D.C.
But for countless federal workers, the change is more difficult because
of slow phone lines that impede data delivery and make their work harder.
Better days may lie ahead, however. Joice is about to embark on a GSA
proj-ect testing high-speed cable access that could replace the snail-paced
phone lines that most federal workers now have at home.
Big Count, British Edition
Lockheed Martin Corp. is basking in the glory of a successful 2000 U.S.
census that delivered a 99.3 percent accuracy rate, using technology to
scan and collect data from the count. Now, to add icing to the cake, it
is exporting its architecture to the United Kingdom, where it will run the
Lockheed Martin folks will use the same type of equipment to extract
information from the forms and make a cool $80 million in the process.
"We lifted the design from the United States. We added a few features. And
there's more in-depth editing of information captured," said Keith Fife,
who manages Lockheed's U.K. census.
But there are some significant differences. A long form comprises 20
pages filled with questions that would not see the light of day in America.
Among them: Who is your landlord (a registered social landlord, a housing
association, a relative or friend)? Are you "Black" or "Black British"?
The National Institutes of Health is marrying an old technology the
radio with a new one the Internet. In a highly successful experiment,
NIH has offered a 60-second radio spot about health care issues for the
past six months. It's available by downloading the item from NIH's Web site
or by e-mail with an audio attachment if you have a sound card attachment.
More than 400 stations are taking advantage of the free news briefs
that deal with the latest medical research and discoveries. A single employee
runs the project: Calvin Johnson is producer, editor, reporter, writer and
facilitator. "We've got 25 different institutes here and I serve all of
them," he said.
Flyzik Gets Another Hat
As if the Treasury Department's Jim Flyzik didn't have enough to do,
he's now coordinating all security at Treasury. In addition to heading the
CIO Council, Flyzik runs the information technology office at one of government's
biggest domestic departments. That includes critical infrastructure, IT
and his newest assignment: physical security.
No complaints from Flyzik. "All aspects of the job are high priority,"
The Customs Service will have the latest Web site to get a facelift.
Customs Commissioner Raymond Kelly told a recent trade gathering that the
redesigned site would be more interactive and provide faster, better information
about the agency. Customs officials won't share any more details or even
disclose the launch date, so we'll just watch for it at www.customs.gov.
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