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Spy set shares data

Intelligence agencies are embracing secure data sharing and collaboration to smooth processes and provide users with one-stop shopping for services and communications, Defense Department officials said during the recent DOD Secure E-Business Summit in Arlington, Va.

Set Windows to freeze out VBS viruses

Any e-mail message with a Visual Basic Script icon strikes fear in the hearts of network administrators because the e-mail may harbor virus scripting.

Compaq revamps its notebook and desktop PC lines

Compaq Computer Corp. has redesigned its Deskpro desktop and Armada notebook PC lines with carbon and silver cases and is renaming them Evo.

GAO says SSA needs better benefits data

To ensure that disability insurance beneficiaries get the right payments, the Social Security Administration should develop a national reporting system, the General Accounting Office recommended in a recent report.

FAA examines failed upgrade

The Federal Aviation Administration will continue testing new software that failed over the Thanksgiving holiday, causing delays of at least 28 flights.

CACI wins CECOM contract

The Army has awarded CACI International Inc. an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to provide technical, engineering, fabrication and operations support to the Communications-Electronics Command Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate.

Sun debuts Trusted Solaris 8

Trusted Solaris 8, Sun Microsystems Inc.'s new, high-security version of the Unix operating system, controls access according to user roles.

FCC to free more spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission last month proposed to free more radio spectrum for wireless services by transferring 27 MHz from government to civilian use and by promoting secondary markets.

SAIC gets simulation contract

''The Army Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Command last month awarded part of its $4 billion Omnibus Contract to Science Applications International Corp.

Army lab develops VR tools

''The Advanced Collaborative Environments Lab at the Army's National Automotive Center in Warren, Mich., has created a suite of software and virtual reality tools to lower the cost of development and support, officials announced recently.

Navy awards auction contracts

The Naval Supply Systems Command has awarded two five-year contracts for online forward and reverse auction services open to all federal buyers.

CECOM has free buying app

A free Microsoft Excel 2000 add-in developed by analysts at the Army Communications-Electronics Command can help government purchasing agents determine the lowest overall cost when a vendor discounts various quantities of a product.

House passes IT security bill

The House late last month passed a bill designed to protect sensitive but unclassified government systems.

SSA negotiates security BPA

The Social Security Administration has negotiated a blanket purchasing agreement with Science Applications International Corp. for critical infrastructure protection support services.

VA emphasizes IT protection

The Veterans Affairs Department stood down its computer systems this month to stress the importance of security awareness at the federal government's largest civilian agency.

Census begins its PKI rollout

Within the next year, 4,000 to 5,000 field workers at 12 regional Census Bureau offices will start using public-key infrastructure technology to protect confidential survey data on notebook computers.

JFMIP to issue new guidance

The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program next week plans to release guidelines for federal property management systems.