DARPA asked to beef up its support for HDTV
DARPA says it will provide as much as $30 million in funding for research into high-definition TV transmission systems and displays, which the military needs for command and control functions and as the interface to smart weapons, but manufacturers say it should commit half a billion dollars over the next five years.
BDM team wins award for EDGAR
The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval contract award follows a four-year pilot project in which the Securities and Exchange Commission struggled with Congress over funding questions and with state securities organizations over access to the system.
President's council hits computer security flaws
The President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency sharply criticizes the systems controls at some of the government's largest computer centers. It faults the technical implementations of operating system features and security software and the policies and procedures governing their use.
GAO criticizes agencies' security training plans
GAO says it plans to issue a third computer security report addressing agencies' compliance with legal requirements that they file computer security plans, detail risks to sensitive non-classified systems and take steps to protect those computers.
GAO reports government shortfall in ADP workers
Federal computer career opportunities are limited by outdated job descriptions based on 1970s computer technology and don't reflect the widespread use of microcomputer networks and stand-alone workstations, according to GAO.
OMB to limit agencies' cross-servicing efforts
OMB begins cracking down on computer cross-servicing to prevent agencies from becoming data processing entrepreneurs, according to OMB's top information policy official.
Ethics regs bewilder contractors
A new ethics package with rigid controls on federal procurement practices prompts the early retirement of many senior government executives who are concerned about employment after government service.
Army pushes off-the-shelf for RCAS
The Army's largest automation project to date will rely on off-the-shelf equipment to build a network of workstations designed to accelerate mobilization of the National Guard and Army Reserve.
NCS to develop emergency communications network
The National Communications System plans to build an emergency telecommunications system to provide senior government officials with a survivable system capable of accessing any public telephone network in case of a national disaster or emergency.
GSA to press for alternative to grand-design approach
Francis McDonough, deputy commissioner of GSA's Information Resources Management Service, says the agency is reconsidering how best to design the major systems on which so many government operations depend.
Report finds low pay chases employees from government
Federal pay increases have not kept pace with the Consumer Price Index or with increases in the Employment Cost Index, a separate measure that gauges hikes in private-sector wages for white-collar workers.
Officials kick off FTS 2000 with conference call
GSA, AT&T and Sprint switch 60,000 users at 31 federal agencies onto FTS 2000, marking the opening of the network and the first phase of a six-month federal transition to the new contract.
Unisys takes Desktop III award
Unisys won DOD's Desktop III PC contract with a low bid of $700 million for 250,000 machines, far below the industry estimate of $1 billion.