Fed printing competition OK'd

The Government Printing Office plans to develop a Web portal to connect federal agencies to a network of approved printers who have agreed to offer the lowest rates for their services, according to the Bush administration. The move resolves a heated debate over whether agencies should be able to choose private-sector printers instead of using GPO.

Contracts to go online

The General Services Administration is working on a pilot program to make information about federal contracts available online, helping other agencies and the public better understand products and services available to the government. GSA's Integrated Acquisition Environment program office is developing the project as part of the government's emphasis on using technology to make its activities more publicly accessible.

VA's Gauss schedules tee time

John Gauss, chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced his resignation June 4, saying he wanted to take a break after 34 years of pushing the use of cutting-edge technology in government. Gauss, 55, said he planned to take two months off and decide whether to "get back in the fray with a full-time job, do part-time consulting or just play golf." His deputy, Edward Meagher, will be acting CIO.

IRS to test seat management

The Internal Revenue Service is tapping vendors for thoughts on a pilot program to test outsourcing the agency's desktop and network support. The IRS released a notice June 2 outlining an A-76 study for seat management services. The Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-76 outlines the process for putting government functions out for bid by public- and private-sector entities.


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