DOE opens computing center in Russian nuclear-complex city

Former Ambassador Ronald Lehman, director of the Center for Global Security Research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and senior Energy officials recently commissioned the Strela Open Computing Center in Snezhinsk, one of 10 closed and formerly secret nuclear cities in Russia.

INTERVIEW: Lab focuses on retaining staff

John C. Browne became Los Alamos National Laboratory director in November 1997. He joined the Energy Department's New Mexico nuclear weapons lab in 1979 as a group leader in the physics division. Browne has held several positions at the laboratory.

San Diego County banks on outsourcing

State and municipal governments are watching Tom Boardman and San Diego County.

Web site puts lost pet info online

One of the most popular of San Diego County's Web sites'with 5,000 hits each month'is the Animal Control Department's site. It provides a different kind of link, helping reunite lost pets with their owners and finds homes for strays.

Consolidation saves millions for Wisconsin

When Sari King left Oklahoma for Wisconsin more than 20 years ago, she didn't think she'd stay longer than five years. She says she is still not used to the winters, but Wisconsin presented her with such great opportunities that she stayed. Her first job working for Wisconsin was as an entry-level programmer, a four-month appointment that turned into a career.

State automates child welfare system

Wisconsin's Health and Family Services Department is working with American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., to develop the Wisconsin Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System. WSACWIS will streamline and automate child welfare casework in the state.

Navy center adopts SnapReports to streamline monitoring

The Naval Air Warfare Center's Aircraft Division has adopted SnapReports from Aelita Software of Powell, Ohio, to automate and streamline reporting processes. The application replaces reporting software that is bundled with Microsoft Systems Management Server.

Navy awards contracts in first step toward end-to-end system

The Navy's award of its long-awaited $6.9 billion Navy-Marine Corps Intranet contract last month signified a major information technology outsourcing shift for the service that chief information officers are recommending for other federal agencies.

INTERVIEW: Navy ready to set sail on NMCI

With more than three decades of Defense Department experience, Ron Turner, deputy Navy chief information officer for infrastructure, systems and technology, leads policy and planning for implementing and managing architecture and standards, information systems and enterprise initiatives.

Agency tests ways to clean up data exchange with states

The Environmental Protection Agency and its state partners are engaged in several pilots to explore the use of Extensible Markup Language, electronic data interchange and a public-key infrastructure to improve the way EPA and states exchange information.

Initiatives aim to reduce paper

The Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to increase electronic reporting, as well as boost Internet accessibility of environmental data from government and private sources.

INTERVIEW: EPA focuses on integration

Edwin A. Levine, acting chief information officer and deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Environmental Information at the Environmental Protection Agency, joined EPA in April after 20 years in the state government information technology trenches.

Public views 911 calls as they happen

Internet users can now see a real-time list of Seattle 911 emergency fire and medical dispatches live on the Seattle Fire Department's Web site at <a href="http://www.cityofseattle.net/fire">www.cityofseattle.net/fire</a>. The site automatically updates the dispatch list every 60 seconds.

Northwest IT savvy molds Seattle's priorities

When Marty Chakoian, Seattle's chief technology officer, packed up his van in 1970 and took a road trip from Chicago to Seattle, he didn't know his journey would lead him to a 28-year career in public service. The Chicago native had studied science and engineering at Purdue University for three years and later received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois. But it was Chakoian's graduate work in English at the University of Washington that led him down the technology highway.

Virtual airport program helps FAA test runway configurations

Only air traffic controllers can tell which runway configuration is real and which is an illusion using a two-story airport simulator designed by NASA.

Hiring, security on DOT agenda

The Transportation Department, like other federal agencies, is tackling the challenges of recruiting and retaining information technology workers.

INTERVIEW: On the road to consolidation

George R. Molaski is the Transportation Department's first chief information officer. He joined the department in June 1999 and brings more than 25 years of executive management experience in computer sciences to the position.

Better tax collection to fund overhaul

Virginia's Taxation Department is overhauling its computer system in a five-year project with a special wrinkle for the commonwealth: The $123 million cost of its contract with American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., will be paid from formerly uncollectable taxes.

State's IT team upends systems practices

Donald Upson, who became Virginia's first secretary of technology in May 1998, learned the subtleties of government computing as the top aide to former New York Republican congressman Frank Horton and as minority staff director for the House Government Operations Committee. He also worked as a vice president of strategic planning for Litton PRC Inc.

GSA's ready to roll out replacement for16-year-old HR system

The General Services Administration soon will begin replacing its 16-year-old human resources system.

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