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Tech Corps clears House

After several fits and starts, the House of Representatives passed a bill April 10 to create a public/private exchange program for information technology and acquisition managers in government and industry.

The Digital Tech Corps Act of 2002 (H.R. 3925) would allow midlevel IT managers in federal agencies and private companies to swap jobs for at least six months and as long as two years. The bill passed on a 219-204 vote.

FAA project behind schedule

Complex software development and new security requirements could delay delivery of the Federal Aviation Administration's oceanic air traffic control system, according to a Transportation Department inspector general's report released Friday.

IG Kenneth Mead reviewed the FAA's Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) procurement strategy in response to a request from Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member on the Appropriations Committee's Transportation Subcommittee.

ATOP will gather, manage and show oceanic air traffic data, including electronic flight strips, on computer displays used by air traffic controllers.

FirstGov fix delayed

The name says "fast," and its performance is said to be fast, but the arrival of the new search engine for FirstGov has slowed to a crawl.

The General Services Administration now says the new Fast Search and Transfer search engine won't be in place until May 31 — two month late, according to the $10.5 million contract signed with AT&T Business Services March 7.

GSA did not have government- furnished equipment in place in time for the deadline, spokeswoman Eleni Martin said. FirstGov managers were unavailable for comment.

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