JFMIP to issue new guidance

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

Walter Reed boosts call center

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington is upgrading its Patient Appointment Service Center's interactive voice response system with the uniQue suite of products from Microlog Corp. of Germantown, Md.

Clinton signs flexible-hiring bill

Federal contract employees can substitute training and experience for a four-year degree under a bill signed into law late last month.

SSA lets retirees apply online

The Social Security Administration early this month began offering retirees the opportunity to apply for benefits online.

Anteon snags logistics contract

The General Services Administration last month awarded Anteon Corp. a contract under the agency's Logistics Worldwide Schedule.

Micron drops NetFrame line

Rather than continue its own server line, Micron Electronics Inc. will co-brand three servers with Hewlett-Packard Co.

Missile system uses SGI gear

The Air Force is upgrading the systems that support its ballistic missile early warning system. The service will use SGI servers and desktop systems to power mobile satellite stations for the Space-Based Infrared System.

Veto blocks Customs upgrade

President Clinton last week vetoed the 2001 Treasury, Postal Service and Legislative Branch appropriations bill, throwing yet another hurdle before the embattled Customs Service's modernization plans.

Feds OK five security test labs

The National Information Assurance Partnership has accredited the first five independent laboratories to perform security testing under the international Common Criteria scheme.

PC settlements net millions

Two PC vendors last month agreed to financial settlements with the government for selling allegedly overpriced or defective equipment to agencies.

DOD's mum on open-source

Although some Defense Department researchers are experimenting with Linux on a 'don't ask, don't tell' basis, the open-source operating system would make bigger inroads if it gained an official stamp of approval, a DOD official said last week.

Forecast: IT spending to rise

A budget projection by the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA) predicts that total federal spending on information technology will increase by 1.7 percent annually over the next five years, with civilian agencies outpacing the Defense Department.

Feds face 2-GHz band squeeze

The White House this month told agencies to surrender some radio spectrum to third-generation, or 3G, wireless communications uses.

Coast Guard gets R&D assist

The Coast Guard has tapped three companies to provide technical support for its R&D Center in Groton, Conn.

DOD signs up for WITS 2001

The Defense Department plans to use the nonmandatory Washington Interagency Telecommunications System 2001 contract for its Washington-area telecommunications needs.

HUD map site draws a crowd

A Web union between the Housing and Urban Development Department and the Environmental Protection Agency has produced a hit'or, more precisely, a lot of hits.

DOE to merge financial apps

Over the next two years, the Energy Department will replace multiple 20-year-old financial systems with an integrated system that meets current government standards.

GSA inks New Orleans MAA

Federal agencies in and around New Orleans will get their local telecommunications services through the General Services Administration's 19th Metropolitan Area Acquisition contract, awarded last week to BellSouth Corp.

State signs 10-year seat deal

The Office of Foreign Buildings Operations last week became the first State Department group to negotiate a contract under the General Services Administration's Seat Management Program.

7 in IT win president's honors

Among this month's 53 winners of the Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Awards for 2000 were seven officials who work in information technology.

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