Change in DOT make-up results in more funds for FAA systems, CIO says

The Transportation Department plans to spend most of its fiscal 2004 IT funding on the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic systems modernization and on DOT telecommunications programs.<br>

SSA wants to hire 1,300 workers

The Social Security Administration could hire as many as 1,300 employees if Congress approves the president's 2004 federal budget allocation for the agency.<br>

GAO blasts FAA systems project

The Federal Aviation Administration cannot manage the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System effectively because it does not keep track of the project's costs accurately enough, according to a new GAO report.<br>

Teamwork speeds tech overhaul

Within the year, the Agriculture Department plans to have 2,824 service centers connected on the Web, bringing a 10-year technology overhaul to fruition.

IG: FAA mismanaged weather system

The Federal Aviation Administration has been its own worst enemy on the Integrated Terminal Weather System program, according to the Transportation Department's inspector general.

E-filers get a price break

The IRS last month launched Free File at IRS.gov, offering free online tax return filing to an estimated 78 million Americans, about 60 percent of taxpayers.

Cybersecurity

Kansas kicks off statewide PKI project

Kansas today began issuing digital certificates to employees to use with a planned statewide public-key infrastructure.<br>

VA will replace desktop PCs in $12 million deal

The Veterans Affairs Department has signed a three-year, $12 million deal with MPC Computers of Nampa, Idaho, to install 11,500 new ClientPro desktop computers beginning next month. <br>

Cybersecurity

SSA pioneers voice print app for W-2 system

By testing voice print biometrics to give users access to its online wage reporting system, the Social Security Administration again will push the limits of IT.

FAA's air traffic project takes off

One of the Federal Aviation Administration's most critical air traffic control advisory projects became operational this week, giving controllers a better look at the weather ahead.<br>

Cloud & Infrastructure

National Recreation Reservation Service makes its site user friendly

The Agriculture Department and the Army Corps of Engineers this month launched a redesigned National Recreation Reservation Service Web site.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Agriculture, Interior combine campsite reservation systems

The Office of Management and Budget has ordered the government by October to consolidate its two major campsite reservation systems.

Cybersecurity

TSA set to test biometric systems at 20 airports

Over the next several months, the Transportation Security Administration will test biometric devices at 20 U.S. airports. The agency plans to quickly award contracts for the pilot of its Airport Access Control Pilot Program.

FAA takes single help desk approach for aviation systems team

The Federal Aviation Administration has consolidated help desk service for its Office of Aviation Systems Standards.<br>

Cloud & Infrastructure

FAA CIO says security system development tops '03 priorities

The Federal Aviation Administration this year intends to develop mission support systems and boost cybersecurity within the enterprise architecture it created last year.<br>

Bush nominates OMB deputy to lead IRS

President Bush has nominated Mark W. Everson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, to fill the vacant IRS commissioner slot. <br>

FAA modernization plan is delayed by three years

The Federal Aviation Administration has released a new modernization plan that has a 'crisper vision that emphasizes collaborative decision-making, required navigation performance and shared information systems,' FAA administrator Marion Blakey said. <br>

Cloud & Infrastructure

IRS begins to move e-learning courses online

The IRS is adapting its tax law and tax processing training courses to make them compatible with the Office of Personnel Management's E-Training initiative.

Cybersecurity

Game Time: Can Bush's playbook deliver results?

At the nexus of the Bush administration's policy agenda for 2003 is IT. It's a focus on which the government expects to spend upwards of $52 billion to meet the president's demands. On the list'driven by a public that expects online service 24-7 and a world where data sharing could keep the country one step ahead of terrorist threats'are a series of initiatives that have been fleshed out but not delivered over the past year.

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