CDW-G ramps up with Mint pact

After 10 months building a base for its new government business, CDW Government Inc. (CDWG) , a division of the giant computer retailer CDW Computer Centers Inc., is preparing to reap the rewards of its first major federal contract. The company is rolling out a fiveyear, $30 million pact with the

Senate OKs bill to restrict public access to chemical-risk info

The Senate last month unanimously passed a compromise version of a bill that would restrict public access to information about the risks of chemical accidents, especially data in electronic form. The measure, an amendment to the 1990 Clean Air Act, would prohibit for one year the disclosure under t

StorageTek offers data outsourcing

Storage Technology Corp. last week launched a new service that will allow customers to outsource their data storage, rather than buying equipment and managing it onsite. Through its new Storage Utility solutions program, StorageTek, Louisville, Colo., will manage customers' data either onsite or

Proposed agency no threat to DOE research

The head of a presidential advisory panel told the House Science Committee last week that a proposal to create a new nuclear weapons agency would not disrupt unclassified scientific research performed at Energy Department laboratories. Former Sen. Warren Rudman (RN.H.), who now heads the President

E-bookmaker makes fed push

The Defense Department is exploring whether to use electronic books to distribute training materials under a pilot project with digital bookmaker SoftBook Press Inc. If the department moves forward with the project, it would become the second major federal customer for SoftBook, Menlo Park, Calif.

AF to offer records tools governmentwide

The Air Force soon plans to add electronic records management (ERM) software from three vendors to a governmentwide software and services contract and is reviewing whether to choose one product for servicewide deployment. The addition to the Air Force's Integrated ComputerAided Software Engineeri

NARA records draft plan on its way to OMB

The National Archives and Records Administration is floating a pareddown plan for how agencies should manage their information systems records. The draft plan, which is headed for Office of Management and Budget review, covers most documents that relate to agencies' internal information technology

JetForm to support XML in forms software

JetForm Corp. plans to announce this week that its electronic forms products will support Extensible Markup Language (XML), a standard for defining World Wide Webbased documents that is gaining popularity as a way to secure and enable processing of online files. Like a competing proposal from form

Senate panel nixes Customs upgrade funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday denied funding for a massive Customs Service modernization program.

Senate passes bill to restrict access to chemical database

The Senate this week unanimously passed a compromise version of a bill that would restrict public access to information, especially data in electronic form, about the risks of chemical accidents.

EPA beefs up supercomputing power for weather research

A new supercomputer purchased by the Environmental Protection Agency will be dedicated to research on air quality, helping the agency to carry out the Clean Air Act. The $6.8 million Cray T3E supercomputer from Silicon Graphics Inc. is a workhorse system for environmental applications, said David B

Treasury takes PC outsourcing leap

The Treasury Department last week gave a boost to the government's fledgling desktop outsourcing initiative, selecting Wang Government Services for a 10year, $88 million task order to manage the PCs of some 1,600 headquarters employees. The award, made through the General Services Administration's

Energy plans Internet tool for nuclear cleanup research

The Energy Department is planning a firstofitskind Internet resource to allow the public to monitor the $6 billionayear cleanup of the nation's nuclear research and weapons facilities. The Central Internet Database, slated for deployment in January, will integrate six DOE databases on nuclear

EPA CIO left hanging by proposed IT revamp

The Environmental Protection Agency last week unveiled a major overhaul of its entire information technology operations that would unseat the current chief information officer and affect some 400 other agency employees. The plan, announced last week at an agencywide meeting, aims to dismantle organ

Group: NIH must hike IT spending

Biomedical researchers are starving for computing resources, and the National Institutes of Health should spend more money on computer hardware, software, training and computer science research to support them, an NIH advisory group said June 3. A report by the Working Group on Biomedical Computing

Embracing change

When Jerry Agee was growing up near Roanoke, Va., one of the things he wanted most was to see the world. He has spent his career fulfilling his wanderlust. In 21 years with the Navy and 11 with TRW Inc., Agee, who was promoted last month to vice president and general manager of the company's Federa

EPA site makes smog data clearly accessible

Summer may be the season for sunshine and sandals, but it's also the season for smog. If you want to know more about this form of air pollution that creates haze and makes it hard to breathe, you can find a wealth of information on the Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow World Wide Web site (w

SMS Data Products enters SAN market

Reseller SMS Data Products Group, McLean, Va., launched its entry into the storagearea network (SAN) market late last month with a solution that combines the company's disk storage technology with SAN management software from Transoft Networks Inc. The solution offers customers the option of buyin

EPA outlines plan for new IT office

The Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled its plan for a new Information Office, to be headed by its chief information officer, that will direct information technology, data collection and information dissemination for the agency.

DOE unveils system to survey Chornobyl reactor

The Energy Department last week unveiled a state-of-the-art information technology system built to survey the crumbling nuclear reactor site at Chornobyl, Ukraine.

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