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Federal CIOs: With More Authority Comes More Accountability

A major initiative to improve federal information technology management, including IT procurement, got a boost recently, even though the person behind the reform had left federal service. Just days after taking over as federal chief information officer, Steven VanRoekel posted a blog supporting a ne...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Budget Deal Puts the Squeeze on E-Gov Programs

The budget deal worked out between the White House and Congress for the 2011 fiscal year will directly impact the federal e-government program. The spending agreement will put a severe crimp in a program that bolsters government transparency efforts, as well as initiatives designed to modernize IT m...

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Emergency Communications Systems: 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts

What mistakes will cause emergency communication systems to undergo excessive stress or possibly fail in a disaster, and what steps should be taken to improve performance? One of the biggest challenges for emergency communication centers is the wide range of situations that require responses -- incl...

Sprint, ClearWire May Try Again With WiMax

A few short months after their last joint venture to build a nationwide wireless network based on WiMax tanked, Sprint Nextel and Clearwire are at it again. This time, they are holding talks with various partners, and reports are that they are trying to raise $3 billion for the project. The WiMax st...

Homeland Security Tests Mobile Alert System

The Department of Homeland Security is testing a new digital emergency system that, once implemented, will deliver alerts to any device that can receive a text message. It is expected to go into effect by the end of 2007 after testing, largely carried out through its partnership with the Association...

Symantec, IBM Team on Data Center Software Standardization

Symantec has agreed to deliver high availability, storage management, and backup products for IBM's Linux on Power platform by 2006, a move designed to help clients consolidate Linux applications on the System p platform. This announcement reflects Symantec's commitment to support all major Unix, Li...

US Considering Next-Gen Technologies in Hurricanes’ Wake

A number of government-led plans are under consideration to rebuild the telecommunications infrastructure in the Gulf Coast, which was badly damaged by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina -- and experts say that technologies from mesh networks to smart radios are likely to be deployed there. Federal Communi...

FEMA Forces Explorer Use for Online Claims

The U.S. government is again excluding non-Microsoft Internet browsers, as Hurricane Katrina victims seeking to file claims with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may only do so with Internet Explorer 6.0 or above. Previously, the U.S. Copyright Office came under fire last month when it...

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