Swine flu response elevates health IT

The outbreak of swine flu that has dominated public health concerns for the past several weeks could be a blessing for the Obama administration's health information technology plans.

People

GSA's Johnson to join Deep Water Point

John Johnson, who is retiring from GSA May 2, joins four other partners at consulting firm Deep Water Point, which advises companies seeking business in the federal market.

People

Federal 100 winner: Kenneth Allen

ACT/IAC Executive Director Kenneth Allen has worked tirelessly to expand the organization and the programs it offers the government IT community, creating new standards of excellence.

Federal 100 winner: William Hoover

Although Hoover’s aggressive mergers and acquisition campaign in 2008 yielded no deals, the exercise revalidated Hoover’s strategic plan and expanded his vision to reach tier-one status through organic growth.

IT Modernization

CBP to test trade data programs

The agency will test its collection and sharing of trade data starting in late March.

IT Modernization

Vermont issues IT-enhanced driver's licenses

Vermont is the third state to issue enhanced driver's licenses with RFID tags that can be used instead of passports at border crossings.

Cybersecurity

2010 budget adds to DHS immigration programs

The Obama administration has requested a 6.5 percent increase for the Homeland Security Department, which would raise the department’s discretionary budget to $42.7 billion.

IT Modernization

DHS' Beckström: Feds need to define cyber goals

An expert says the government needs to clarify its vision of what constitutes successful cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity

Technology urged to stop tunnels at borders

Authorities found 93 illegal tunnels under U.S. borders from 1990 to November 2008, according to a new report that recommends more use of tunnel-detection technology.

Cybersecurity

DHS approved 65 technologies under Safety Act

The Homeland Security Department approved 65 anti-terrorism products and services for special liability protections under the Safety Act in 2008.

Workforce

New Defense database should be public, watchdog says

The White House should make public a new Defense database on "revolving door" officials leaving to work for contractors, urges the Project on Government Oversight watchdog group.

Workforce

ITAA opposes anti-counterfeiting proposal

Trade group says proposal would cause major liabilities for contractors.

Workforce

POGO urges Obama to withdraw Lynn's nomination

A day after issuing an executive order with a new ban on lobbyists entering government, President Barack Obama issued a waiver to allow a former lobbyist to be deputy secretary of defense, the watchdog group says.

Acquisition

Feds to toughen rules on fake IT

The widespread availability of counterfeit IT products presents a threat to the United States.

Acquisition

Letters to the Editor

Attrition in the acquisition workforce; Innovation is overrated

FCW Insider: The Fed 100 and industry nominees

The FCW Insider answers another frequently asked question about the Federal 100 awards program: Are contractors eligible?

Workforce

Breaking down the rule

Starting Dec. 12, the government can suspend or disbar a company that doesn't comply with new rules for disclosing criminal allegations.

Workforce

Watchdogs make industry leery

Federal contractors must report evidence of crimes to inspectors general under new requirements.

IT Modernization

No exit

Trouble fielding a system to track foreign visitors' departures illustrates the complicated policy picture homeland security has become.

Workforce

HUD awards IBM $194M financial system contract

The company will modernize the department's core financial and accounting systems under OMB’s Financial Management Line of Business.

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