Circuit offers FirstGov channel
The most visited Spanish-language Web site among Hispanic users in the United States now includes a Web page with content from FirstGov en español, the Spanish-language version of the government’s official home page.’s FirstGov section is titled El Gobierno te ayuda, which means “the government helps you.”

According to recent research, nearly 10 million unique visitors click on each month.

“ will enable Hispanics to use FirstGov en español to access the official government information and services and will let this community know that the federal government works for them,” said Lee Vann, principal of Captura Group, a consulting company that specializes in interactive marketing targeted to Hispanics.

Catch tax evaders with better IT
Advances in information technology could help the Internal Revenue Service close the $345 billion gap between the taxes that are due and the taxes collected, according to a new Treasury Department report.

The report, “A Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing the Tax Gap,” urges the IRS to replace its antiquated account management systems with an infrastructure more suitable for enforcing tax compliance.

“Continued improvements to technology would provide the IRS with better tools to improve compliance through early detection, better case selection and better case management,” the document states.

President Bush’s fiscal 2008 budget request will outline planned steps to improve IT at the IRS, according to the report.

Archives welcomes millionth visitor, but then…
Tourist Nate Wolters, traveling with his family from Concord, Calif., became the one-millionth visitor to the National Archives at 3:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

When the staff congratulated 4-year-old Nate, he shouted, “Awesome!”

Officials at the National Archives and Records Administration said the milestone surpassed initial projections. The facility was closed during peak attendance weeks because of flood damage in late June and early July.

Nate and his family came to the National Archives as part of a three-generation, month-long American history field trip along the East Coast.

Less than a week after Nate’s visit, the National Archives started shutting the doors to its research rooms early as a cost-cutting measure. New research hours at the Washington, D.C., building are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular Saturday and evening hours have been eliminated, in accordance with a final rule posted in the Sept. 27 Federal Register.

Once a month, the National Archives will provide extended hours on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday.

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Jim Williams: Public-sector partner of the yearThe Professional Services Council has announced the winners of the 4th annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards. Here are the four businesses and four individuals chosen by their peers.

Contractors of the Year

  • Less than $25 million in revenue: Oberon Associates.
  • $25-75 million in revenue: JBS International.
  • $75-300 million in revenue: Argon ST.
  • More than $300 million in revenue: Development Alternatives.
  • Executives of the Year

  • Less than $75 million in revenue: Linda Berdine of G&B Solutions.
  • More than $75 million in revenue: James O’Neill of Northrop Grumman Information Technology.
  • Public-Sector Partners of the Year

  • Jeffrey Brunner of the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Contracting and Acquisition Management Office.
  • Jim Williams of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service.
  • In addition, John Toups, former president and chief executive officer of Planning Research Corp., was inducted into the awards’ Hall of Fame in recognition of his trailblazing career.

    Stan Soloway, the council’s president, said that “at a time when our government faces almost unprecedented challenges, these awards recognize those who have built a partnership that is critical to our collective ability to meet those daunting challenges.”

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