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T.R. Temin

Trail Bosses to ride back out of the sunset?

Remember the General Services Administration's Trail Boss program? It trained thousands of program managers in the finer points of acquisition. After a spate of procurement reforms in the mid-1990s, it faded away in 2000.

Commerce One spins off its federal unit

Commerce One of Pleasanton, Calif., has sold its federal division to the division's managers. The newly independent company, Aquilent Inc., is headquartered in Laurel, Md.

Army revises threshold for services buys

The Army last month eased new restrictions on services contracts.

CIOs fret most about service, e-government

CIOs and other executives in government apparently get it, as the vernacular goes. 'It' is the need to improve service to customers and stakeholders using IT. In the most recent survey conducted by the Association for Federal IRM, that's what headed respondents' list of concerns.

EPA launches energy spec during Comdex

The Environmental Protection Agency and Intel Corp. used last week's Comdex show in Las Vegas to kick off the IAPC program. "Instantly available PC" is a specification under which PCs consume 15 watts of power while on standby, yet are able to receive communications and reawaken in the state they were in at power-down.

Reece: 2002 is make-or-break on IRS upgrades

Vowing to maintain a barrage of on-schedule releases of systems and software, John Reece, CIO of the IRS, said 2002 will be a 'make-or-break year for IRS modernization.'

GSA site will speed service to small business

Dry cleaners, restaurants and trucking companies will be among the first businesses to be offered one-stop federal and state registration and licensing via a new General Services Administration Web site.

White House changes its site for the better

Responding to widespread criticism that it had a mediocre Web site, the White House relaunched <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov">www.whitehouse.gov</a> just before the Labor Day weekend.

IRS launches online payment for individuals

The IRS on Thursday went live with a Web payment system for 1040 and quarterly taxpayers.