Stories by Colleen O'Hara

GSA Taps New CIO

Michael Carleton has been selected as the new chief information officer at the General Services Administration, replacing Bill Piatt, who is leaving for the private sector next month.

Commerce Looks Outside for Security

The U.S. Department of Commerce released a solicitation this month for commercial authentication technologies to support its new Web-based time and attendance system.

Commerce Mulls Share-in-Savings

The U.S. Department of Commerce is considering a share-in-savings approach to consolidate its multiple data centers without having to provide any upfront funding.

CIOs Detail Vision for E-Gov

Members of the CIO Council on Thursday detailed their draft strategic plan for the next fiscal year, highlighting e-government initiatives, interoperability, security, privacy and workforce issues.

OPM Guide Helps with Training Plans

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management this month posted a step-by-step guide to help agencies incorporate training plans into their fiscal 2002 budgets and beyond.

Postal Service Adds Internet Route

The U.S. Postal Service plans to launch an online mailing program this week designed to make mailing easier and more convenient, especially for those running small businesses or home offices.

Survey Reconfirms IT Staffing Woes

Preliminary results from a special study of information technology salaries in the federal government show that agencies are having almost as much trouble retaining IT workers as they are recruiting them.

GSA Studies Smart Card Value

The U.S. General Services Administration has hired a contractor to study the cost and benefits of using PKI-enabled smart cards for federal applications.

HHS to Standardize Medical E-Transactions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation last week that will standardize - and encourage - electronic health care transactions, saving billions of dollars in the long term.

NIST Readies Security, Workflow Pilot

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology is getting ready to kick off a 100-seat pilot to test security and electronic workflow applications.

Kiosks Link People to Government

The government last week unveiled Washington, D.C.'s first interactive kiosk designed to deliver government information and services to people who lack online access.

CIO Offers Security Budget Warning

Government agencies should not expect any additional funding for security this year, even though the need to protect their systems is rapidly growing, according to Fernando Burbano, chief information officer at the State Department.

OPM Pitches IT Job Family

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management last week proposed a new job family for federal information technology occupations that would make it easier to recruit and retain IT workers.

Tracking Agency Performance Via the Web

For several years, agencies have struggled with how to use performance measures to improve the way they manage and budget their programs, including the ones driven by information technology systems.