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Let them telecommute!
Security experts are buzzing about how to guard lawmakers after a small plane recently entered restricted air space over Washington, D.C., and forced an evacuation on Capitol Hill and at the White House.
"Let them telecommute!" said Ross Stapleton-Gray, a former CIA intelligence analyst. He is the founder of Stapleton-Gray & Associates, an information technology consulting firm that specializes in security, privacy and surveillance.
"Yes, it's important for the legislative deliberative process to have members be able to discuss and debate," he said, "but we know that an enormous amount of that occurs through staffs and via phone, e-mail, BlackBerry and drinks at Old Ebbitt Grill, etc."
He said the government should downsize its Hill presence and let lawmakers work from their state district offices.
Unisys executives were once the folks with the gold lapel pins in the shape of a gold tooth or a three-legged stool. Each leg of the stool represented then-chief executive officer Larry Weinbach's mantra of "customers, employees and reputation."
No more, it seems. Since Weinbach stepped down as CEO earlier this year even though he remains chairman of the board lapel pin usage has dropped precipitously, some Unisys insiders say.
The pins were the butt of in-house jokes, and some women executives especially disliked them. They complained that incorporating a lapel pin into their wardrobes was more challenging than for their male counterparts.
New immigrants now have online access to a federal government guide in Chinese and Vietnamese. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Office of Citizenship developed the publication, which contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in this country. It also provides basic civics information.
Some folks who are already citizens could probably benefit by reviewing that information, too.
And the winners are ...
No, we're not talking about the new American Idol.
Eight winners of the American Council for Technology's Intergovernmental Solutions Awards were announced at last week's annual Management of Change conference.
Four federal programs and four state and local programs were selected as winners for demonstrating collaboration and the innovative use of technology.
The federal winners are:
The state and local winners are:
The council also awarded John Gilligan, the outgoing Air Force chief information officer, the 2005 John J. Franke Award.
The award is given each year in memory of Franke, who was assistant secretary for administration in the Agriculture Department under President Reagan and later appointed director of the Federal Quality Institute by President George H.W. Bush.
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