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Preeti Vasishtha

VA sets first architectural plan

The Veterans Affairs Department is counting on the first version of its enterprise architecture, released last month, to turn the slogan 'One VA' into a reality.

Coast Guard updates its disaster call system

The Coast Guard is modernizing the way it monitors distress calls from vessels.

FDA contracts for regulations architecture

The Food and Drug Administration has awarded a $2 million, 11-month contract to SRA International Inc. to develop a system to help the agency's Office of Regulatory Affairs regulate foreign and domestic products.

Cloud & Infrastructure

FAA puts runway details on the Web

The Federal Aviation Administration is making runway information available on the Internet, a move aimed at helping pilots plan flights more quickly and easily.

FDA awards compliance system contract to SRA

The Food and Drug Administration has awarded a $2 million, 11-month contract to SRA International Inc. to develop a system that will help the agency's Office of Regulatory Affairs regulate foreign and domestic products.<br>

STARS inches toward its next phase at FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has solved a serious problem with its Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System and is ready to proceed with the rollout of the system at other airports.

Canales resigns as Treasury's acting CIO

Mayi Canales, the Treasury Department's acting CIO and assistant deputy secretary for information systems, has abruptly resigned.

VHA CIO steps down, takes new department job

Veterans Health Administration CIO Gary Christopherson will step down from his position and take a post as senior adviser to the Veterans Affairs Department's undersecretary of health.

Wenzel will serve as acting IRS commissioner

Bob Wenzel, the highest-ranking career official in the IRS, will serve as acting commissioner after Charles O. Rossotti retires Nov. 6.

TSA sets phased-in IT approach

'Exhilarating and exhausting' is how Patrick R. Schambach describes working at the fledgling Transportation Security Administration, where he is an associate undersecretary and CIO.

Cybersecurity

Customs will learn law enforcement via satellite

Customs Service employees will receive law enforcement training via a private satellite TV network under a one-year, $1.1 million contract awarded to Primedia Workplace Learning.

IRS inks an order for $35 million worth of PCs

The IRS has signed a five-year blanket purchasing agreement with PlanetGov Inc. to provide PCs to its offices nationwide.

State & Local

SSA launches eVital in Colorado

The Social Security Administration today initiated an application that will give immediate online verification of birth and death information directly from state agencies.

SSA buys $50m worth of assistive technology

The Social Security Administration has chosen Integrated Concepts & Research Corp. for a five-year, $50 million contract to provide hardware and software support for 1,300 employees with disabilities.

Cybersecurity

Coast Guard taps General Dynamics to modernize maritime 911 system

The Coast Guard today awarded a 19-year, $611 million contract to General Dynamics Corp. to modernize the system it uses to monitor distress calls from vessels.

DOJ, Treasury award $3 billion radio contracts

The Justice and Treasury departments have awarded six contracts, worth $3 billion over five years, for standard land mobile radio subscriber units.

CDC sets a deal for nationwide health network

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a seven-year, $511 million contract to TRW Inc. to develop systems for public health research, surveillance and intervention efforts nationwide.

For TIPSS-2, easier does it

When Sara Schroerlucke joined the Treasury Department in July 1999, the Treasury Information Processing Support Services contract was set to expire in a year.

System helps FAA see skies more clearly

Federal Aviation Administration meteorologists and air traffic supervisors now have access to accurate weather data that helps them plan airline flight paths hours in advance.

Next year, tax forms will talk

In the next filing season, about 50 tax forms will talk to disabled users.