USPS tool proves it's in the mail?and received

Bulk mailers, especially advertisers and utility companies, could benefit from a new technology the U.S. Postal Service is testing that brings an automated confirmation of delivery to letter mail service.

CSC to acquire Nichols Research

Computer Sciences Corp. today announced plans to buy Nichols Research Corp., a defense and intelligence research specialist and systems integrator, in a stockforstock deal valued at $391 million.

Floyd drives traffic to two agency Web sites

Hurricane Floyd's brush with the East Coast last week led to record volumes of traffic at two agency World Wide Web sites. The National Hurricane Center's Web site (www.nhc.noaa.gov) was inundated with people tracking Hurricane Floyd last week, receiving 12 million hits Sept. 14 and 15 million hits

Floyd drives traffic to FEMA Web site

Interest in Hurricane Floyd has driven traffic at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's World Wide Web site to a new record, a FEMA official said yesterday.

Congress tying up loose ends of tech bills

When Congress returned from its summer break last week, in addition to incomplete appropriations business, lawmakers faced a stack of unfinished technologyrelated bills. Information technology bills on lawmakers' agendas include proposals to bolster federal information security and a plan for elim

GPO delivering presidential papers online

During the Truman administration, the National Historical Publications Commission recognized that the government had no official means of preserving the president's public papers and came up with an idea that delighted historians and librarians nationwide. Noting the need for the uniform preservati

HP unveils high-speed switches

HewlettPackard Co. last week released networking hardware and software products designed to bring gigabit speed and higher performance to localarea networks, including mediumsize and small workgroup operations within federal agencies, HP officials said. The new HP ProCurve 6308MSX routing switc

Web technology helps trace kids

The FBI, the Customs Service and the U.S. Postal Service are linked through new World Wide Webbased technologies to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which last week opened a new headquarters in Alexandria, Va. NCMEC, created after Congress passed the Missing Children's Act o

Candle tool monitors thin-client apps

Candle Corp. this week will announce a management tool designed to monitor the performance of applications running on Microsoft Corp. Windows NT servers in thinclient computing environments. The new release of EndtoEnd Watch (ETEWatch) gives information systems managers a tool to measure the res

USPS targets online shipping market

The U.S. Postal Service has launched a campaign aimed at capturing more of the package business generated by the growth of online shopping. The campaign, which includes new services offered on the World Wide Web, is focused on USPS' Priority Mail service and involves the release of technologies dev

Foundry, HP offer copper-based switches

Foundry Networks Inc. and HewlettPackard Co. announced a suite of copper Gigabit Ethernet products based on a new standard that enables Gigabit Ethernet to run over copper cabling. The new standard, which was approved by the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers in July, allows Gigabit Eth

Campaigns seek Web guidance

The use of the Internet by political campaigns has created new challenges for the Federal Election Commission, which next month plans to formally seek comment on how a campaign finance law affects candidates who use the Internet to raise funds.

USPS toolkits aimed at tapping online retail sites

The U.S. Postal Service today announced plans to release toolkits that World Wide Web developers can use to create information services related to package delivery for online retailers' Web sites.

Nexor delivers Unix client for Exchange

Nexor Inc., a United Kingdombased company specializing in electronic messaging and directory systems, last week announced the release of a software product that enables a Unix workstation to serve as a client to a Microsoft Corp. Exchange server. Microsoft tapped Nexor to develop the new product,

Ringing up sales

Industry vendors are gearing up for the summer buying season with a host of special offers designed to capitalize on increased interest in network servers as well as the traditional heavy traffic on desktop computer contracts. Federal agencies are in the market for beefedup servers and networking

CACI builds on recent successes

CACI International Inc. closed the books on the company's bestever fourth quarter and fiscal year earlier this summer, counting two large information technology contract recompete wins and other federal business among the reasons for its recent success. But before the Arlington, Va.based systems

Report: USPS must step up audits

The General Accounting Office has criticized the U.S. Postal Service's National Change of Address program for not sufficiently policing the software used by companies that are licensed to access the database of new addresses. NCOA, based in Memphis, Tenn., is responsible for the database of new add

BMC opens professional services group

BMC Software Inc. has formally launched a new professional services business unit to help its customers, including federal agencies, optimize BMC Software products and improve the performance of critical applications. BMC Software, a Houstonbased company with several hundred enterprise management

Vendors get stamp of approval

A U.S. Postal Service program launched last week to make it possible for people to use their PCs to download, print and pay for postage online relies on a number of advanced technologies, including digital signature and publickey infrastructure. USPS has worked for more than three years with sever

EDS certified for security assessments

Electronic Data Systems Corp. has been approved to use an information security assessment methodology endorsed by the Critical Information Assurance Office (CIAO) to help federal agencies identify vulnerabilities in their computer networks. Agencies are turning their attention to security issues as

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