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Matt McLaughlin

Proposed cuts to GSA's governmentwide policy shop to be felt throughout agencies

The White House's desire to eliminate what it considers redundant spending at the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy might make things more difficult for one of its own offices.

For '06, GSA will try to sell Congress on e-gov'again

The agency hopes the success of its Quicksilver projects will convince lawmakers to let it use surplus funds to support e-government initiatives next year.

Defense projects lead 25 finalists for Excellence.gov awards

Seven projects run by military agencies are among the 25 finalists for the Excellence.gov awards.

O'Keefe leaving NASA in good shape, lawmaker says

NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe is leaving the space agency in better shape than he found it, a powerful lawmaker said.

Honorees show their mettle

It was a night for winners at GCN 2004 Awards Gala last month'from agency and individual honorees, to an Olympic champion and a certain baseball team whose last title was hailed by President Woodrow Wilson.

Excellence takes center stage at GCN Gala

At a festive dinner ceremony in Washington last night, GCN honored federal and industry officials and agencies that have given their all to make a difference in government through IT excellence.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Labor Web site aimed at helping the homeless

Site features links to every homeless program the Labor Department operates as well as to Web pages for every other federal homeless program.

HUD contract for IT services may be delayed

The Housing and Urban Development's IT Services contract, scheduled to be awarded by the end of the month, may be delayed again.The competition for the $860 million contract, which has been embroiled in controversy since last September, got even murkier earlier this month when Moody's Investors Service of New York lowered its rating of EDS Corp.'s debt rating to junk status. The lower rating could make it more difficult for EDS to win new business, analysts said. EDS has said it disagrees with the rating.

HUD may delay IT services award

The Housing and Urban Development's IT Services contract, scheduled to be awarded by the end of the month, may be delayed.

NMCI officials press for big changes

NEW ORLEANS'The Navy's embattled intranet project is undergoing significant changes aimed at improving its management and operation. Despite sharp criticism of the multibillion-dollar program'some from its own ranks'service brass remain committed to it.

Leaders must be realists, panel says

Effective leaders find a way to balance process with progress, said Jim Williams, director of the Homeland Security Department's U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology system.

Robert Otto - Postal Service: Early to rise

Robert L. Otto got his first management training milking dairy cows. Growing up on his family's farm in Fishertown, Pa., Otto rose at 3:30 every morning to help his father milk 200 cows.

OPM issues RFI to revamp the USAJobs portal

The Office of Personnel Management is asking vendors for ideas to improve its USAJobs Web portal, a sign that the agency is preparing to confront the uncertain status of its plans for the site.

Cloud & Infrastructure

OPM issues new RFI for Recruitment One-Stop project

The Office of Personnel Management is asking vendors for ideas to improve its USAJobs Web portal, a sign that the agency could be ready to address the uncertain status of its plans for the site.<br>

Agencies still need help with pending workforce shortage

While the private sector is looking overseas for IT expertise, federal agencies are focusing their recruitment efforts in the United States.<br>

FOSE puts the 'e' into everything

For years, the 'e' in IT terminology has stood for electronic. E-mail, e-commerce, e-government, e-services. But the abbreviation has become so ubiquitous that it has taken on a new meaning: expected.

Online extra: Defense budget focuses on transformation

Budget plan places a strong emphasis on science, technology, readiness and training.

IRS Prime must shape up or ship out, overseers say

<font color="CC0000">(UPDATED) </font>IRS Prime contractor Computer Sciences Corp. should be replaced if it does not show significant performance improvement on the tax agency's lengthy modernization project, the IRS Oversight Board said in a report today.<br>

Defense authorization bill clears Hill hurdles

Congress this month sent President Bush a fiscal 2004 Defense authorization bill that sets instructions for several major military technology projects and emphasizes transforming the military.

Cybersecurity

TSA awards Unisys airport security contract

The Transportation Security Administration has awarded an $8 million contract to Unisys Corp. to test technologies that can be used to improve airport security.<br>