Stories by Judi Hasson

Energy Recharges Web Site

The U.S. Department of Energy will unveil a portal next week that that's designed to be as useful to consumers as it is to scientists.

Face-Off: Bush and Gore

As they sweep across the country campaigning on pocketbook issues, Al Gore and George W. Bush rarely mention information technology. But whoever is elected president will have to navigate the changing landscape that the technology revolution has brought to the federal government.Part of the next president's mandate will be to direct investments in technology for federal agencies. "The technology genie is out of the bottle, so either candidate will push aggressively in introducing technology into government," said Darrell West, a political science professor at Brown University. "But they will do it in different ways reflecting their orientation."

Hired Hacker Invades VA

A private security company hired by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general broke into VA computer systems to show that the agency needs to work harder on securing sensitive data, according to testimony delivered to Congress today.

EPA Making Move Toward E-Gov

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first step toward enabling companies to file environmental reports to the government online.

N/MCI Contract Award on Hold

The death of Rep. Herbert Bateman, a Republican from Virginia, chairman of the House Military Readiness Subcommittee, is almost certain to delay the award of the Navy's planned US$16 billion intranet contract.

IT Issues Face a Crowded Docket

Like a lion feeding its young, Congress is facing hungry contractors and high-technology lobbyists who want the answer to just one question: Where's the money?

N/MCI Watchdog Bateman Dead at 72

Rep. Herbert Bateman, a Republican from Virginia, chairman of the House Military Readiness Subcommittee and a onetime critic of the Navy's US$16 billion intranet contract, died today. He was 72.

The Circuit

Although 34 million Americans filed their income tax returns online this year, most of them paid a fee to do it. Now Robert Barr, assistant commissioner for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service's Electronic Tax Administration, wants to know if electronic filing should be free, and he's asked people in the public and private sectors to send him their thoughts.

Streamlining Complaints

Pity the federal worker who files a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. With any luck, it will take four years or more to get a ruling on the case.

Compaq to Deliver Explosive Power

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Compaq Computer Corp. a US$200 million contract to build the largest supercomputer in the world - a system with enough disk space to store 20 times the number of books at the Library of Congress.

Never Too Late to Learn

Like most of his colleagues in government, Tony Nuriddin wanted to keep his technology skills up-to-date. And the only way to do that was to go back to school.

Chase for NIH Billions Is On

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) formally opened bidding this week for two major contracts -- CIO-SP2i and Image World 2nd -- with a deadline of Aug. 24 for vendors to submit their proposals.