E-mail is not us

Although he sports an Apple Computer iPod while cycling on his Crawford, Texas, ranch, President Bush still relies on snail mail, not e-mail, for his correspondence at the White House. But there's a good reason. He doesn't want other people reading what he has written.

"I've made an easy decision there," Bush told reporters recently. "I just don't do it. You know, you're entitled to know how I make decisions. And you're entitled to ask questions, which I answer. I don't think you're entitled to be able to read my mail between my daughters and me."

Passport? What passport?

You may have heard that the State Department was proposing to require citizens traveling to and from Canada and Mexico to carry passports. In the past, travelers were only required to carry legal photo identification. But Bush questioned the proposal by the State and Homeland Security departments.

"When I first read that in the newspaper about the need to have passports, particularly today's crossings that take place, about a million, for instance, in the state of Texas, I said, 'What's going on here?'" he said, when asked about the issue at a meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. "I thought there was a better way to expedite the legal flow of traffic and people."

Women vets on a roll

Department of Veterans Affairs officials must come up with ways to handle an increasing number of women veterans in the VA's health care system.

To do this, they are changing electronic templates to include gynecology and obstetric services for women.

The number of women vets is increasing because more women are serving in combat positions.

"We have a system that is continually evolving that has served the needs of women vets," said Dr. Robert Kolodner, acting deputy chief information officer for health at the VA. "It continues to be enhanced to provide more continuity of care."

One sign of progress is that women's health records now contain electronic alerts that tell doctors when patients are due for early cancer-detection screenings, such as Pap tests and mammograms, Kolodner said.

Not your father's golf game

Golf seems to transcend the generation gap as more Gen-Y folks discover the game. The Young AFCEAn Committee of the AFCEA Bethesda, Md., Chapter is coordinating the First Annual Bethesda AFCEA Golf Tournament, which is scheduled for June 13 at the Reston, Va., National Golf Course.

Money from the tournament will support the Bethesda chapter's scholarship fund and help qualified college students from the class of 2006 pursue a career in IT.

KM awards

The Joint Forces Command, Defense Acquisition University and Illinois Department of Central Management Services were honored with 2005 Knowledge Management Awards last week at the E-Gov Institute's Knowledge Management conference and exhibition in Washington, D.C.

The awards recognize innovative knowledge management best practices in public-sector organizations.

The 2005 award winners are:

  • Innovative Use of Technology in a Knowledge Management Solution: Joint Forces Command, Joint Futures Laboratory, Collaborative Information Environment.
  • Knowledge Management Initiative Delivering High Value to a Broad User Community/Supporting Agency Mission: Defense Acquisition University, Defense Department Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Knowledge Sharing Systems.
  • Initiative Successfully Using Innovative Knowledge Management Practices: Illinois' Bureau of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement's Central Management Services Knowledge Management Division.

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