Davis seeks GovNet review

GovNet RFI

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) said he has asked the General Accounting Office to review the request for information for the proposed GovNet critical infrastructure intranet.

Davis, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee's Technology and Procurement Policy Subcommittee, said he has asked GAO to review the RFI to ensure that it has a sound business plan with realistic goals.

Something of this size needs to be monitored carefully, he said during a speech Oct. 25 at the Coalition for Government Procurement's fall procurement conference in Arlington, Va.

GovNet is a proposal by Richard Clarke, who was named Oct. 9 as the adviser to the president on cyberspace security, to develop a private and secure intranet for the government's most critical functions.

The IP network would be a government-only network isolated from the viruses, worms and other attacks moving through the public Internet. Information on GovNet would be shared only by authorized users and would have no connections to the Internet or other networks.

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service is conducting the RFI. Proposals are due by Nov. 21.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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