Stories by Natasha Haubold

Web Aids High-Tech Bird-Watching

The U.S. Geological Survey has been whooping it up lately, thanks to new World Wide Web sites that monitor the birth and growth of cranes and the migration of pintail ducks.

IT Market Shakes Up Two Firms

The volatile information technology marketplace has caused two Fortune 500 companies with a history in the federal market to announce changes in their business practices last week.

'Vending Machines' Make Custom Maps

In the next few months, hikers, travelers and motorists will be able to get detailed, customized maps from "vending machines" at U.S. Geological Survey offices.

MCI, Sprint Juice Up FTS 2001

In hopes of enticing agencies to transition to FTS 2001, Sprint Corp. and MCI WorldCom Inc. have added several cutting-edge services to the U.S. General Services Administration's telecommunications contract.

Postmarking E-mail

As electronic messaging continues to gain popularity over handwritten correspondence, the U.S. Postal Service hopes to maintain its tradition of providing secure delivery of information through its Electronic Postmark.

USPS Puts Stamp on Online Billing

The fear of losing billions in revenue has pushed the U.S. Postal Service to deliver an online service for electronic billing and payments.

Vendors Open Data Centers for Hire

Up and down the Dulles corridor in Northern Virginia, numerous unmarked, warehouse-type buildings are nestled among hotels, office parks and fast-food restaurants. In the past, such a sight in the Washington area would have signaled a classified government office. But today, it's just as likely to be one of the many commercially owned buildings where government networks are maintained.

Troubled Mapping Mission Wraps

Despite technical problems, the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission managed to complete 95 percent of its mission objectives and was ready to land Tuesday.

Give U.S. Your Tired, Your Poor and Your High-tech

Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican from Utah) introduced legislation this week to decrease the shortage of information technology workers in the United States by allowing more foreign specialists to get visas.