Three weather, climate supercomputers sync up

NOAA's planned Global Earth Observation System of Systems got a new member this week: a trio of IBM eServer clustered supercomputers.

Senate considers revising Telecom Reform Act

The Internet's growth over the last nine years has prompted senators to consider at least "tinkering with" the 1996 telecomm act.

Cybersecurity

NIST lays out new smart-card draft specs

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released biometric specifications that firm up plans for governmentwide personal-identity-verification cards.

Industry struggles toward interoperable Web services

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is touting a new Extensible Markup Language architecture for Web services advocated by a three-year-old industry consortium.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Interior taps ESRI for geospatial portal redesign

ESRI will redesign the Geospatial One-Stop portal that it created under a new five-year, $2.4 million contract.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Search engines go spatial

Two search vendors have set out to make map data easier to find online. The ultimate result: geospatial Web services.

DHS group wants harmonization, visualization tools

A request for information from a Homeland Security Department group could influence the future of all e-government projects.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Incumbent vendor wins Geospatial One-Stop revamp

ESRI will redesign the Geospatial One Stop portal that it created under a new five-year, $2.4 million contract.

Geosystem of systems gets boost

The tsunami has "moved Earth observations out of the science realm and into the policy realm" where funding chances are better, NOAA deputy chief Jack Kelly says.

Information suite has four-star beta tester

The new Joint Systems Integration Command in Suffolk, Va., has 160 computer and communications engineers working on 'near-term insertion, within one year' of prototypes to close technology gaps in the field.

Cybersecurity

NIST issues revised draft specs for federal ID cards

<font color="CC0000">(UPDATED) </font color>The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released specifications to firm up biometric plans for governmentwide smart cards.

Federal GIS users want better GPS fit

A survey of registrants for an ESRI user conference found their top concerns are GIS interoperability, data standards and policies for sharing geospatial information.

Cebrowski calls for economic shift in Defense

The Defense Department won't backtrack from its focus on network-centric warfare, Arthur Cebrowski predicted today at a Washington lunch

State & Local

CapWIN public-safety network plans new services, fees

Metropolitan Washington's Capital Wireless Integrated Network for first responders, under development since 2002, now has 425 active users.

Cybersecurity

Government smart-card specs almost ready

Four days and counting: The Government Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board on Monday will unveil revised specifications for a governmentwide personal card.

Cybersecurity

Developers say FIPS 140-2, WiFi security are big hurdles

Developers at a recent encryption conference in Toronto said their toughest job is plugging security holes to meet the encryption requirements of FIPS 140-2.

Navy steams ahead with official XML rules

The Navy has taken the federal lead in setting enterprisewide naming and design rules for use of Extensible Markup Language in all systems.

XML to work MAJIIC on military intel

The Defense Department and its allies are building an architecture to share their intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data in near-real time.

FCC to broaden policy reach, without Powell

Michael Powell today announced he will leave a four-year chairmanship of the five-member Federal Communications Commission.

Lieberman asks for more sensor buoys in oceans

An extensive, $30 million tsunami warning system proposed earlier this month by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) would place several dozen deep-water sensor buoys in the Atlantic and Indian oceans to augment the six now operated in the Pacific by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, plus one operated by Chile.

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