Show of 11-16-2002

  • Today’s Topic: e-Government Status and Challenges
    • Tech Talk Guest: Mayi Canales
      • Former Position
        • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury
        • Acting CIO for Department of Treasury
        • e-Government Portfolio Manager for CIO Council
      • Current Position
        • Founding Partner (with Migo Miconi) of M2 Strategies, LLC
        • Works with federal and state agencies developing e-government strategies
        • Helps private-sector contractors looking to work on federal projects
        • Contact Mayi Canales
    • Tech Talk Guest: Paul Renard
  • FirstGov.gov — The Official US Government Portal
    • Online services for citizens, business, and governments
    • Search for info in all agencies at the same time
    • Look for Federal employment opportunities
    • The first tangible byproduct of the e-government initiative
  • eGov.gov — The e-Government Program Portal
    • Sponsored by GSA
    • Provides links to the many e-gov initiatives
    • Includes sections on standards and security
  • Senate e-Government Idea Exchange Website
    • Sponsored by Joe Lieberman and Fred Thompson
    • Read a series of e-government ideas
    • Offer your opinion about possible Congressional initiatives
  • NetCaucus e-Government Briefing Book — An Industry Perspective
    • 2001 Report prepared by the Internet Caucus
    • Includes selected presentations by Business and Industry
    • Good overview of e-government landscape for first timers
    • Topics Include:
      • The Purpose and Mandate for e-Government Transformation
      • Crisis Of Trust In Government
      • Elements of Transformation
      • Challenges and Opportunities
  • OMB?s Quicksilver Taskforce — An e-Gov First Step
    • Implementing President?s Management Agenda for e-Government
    • Taskforce Headed by Mark Foreman of OMB
    • e-Government Roadmap prepared February, 2002
  • Creating Performance Based e-Government — A 2002 Report Card
    • This CIO Council report seeks to make the business case for e-gov, including performance measures
    • It analyzes how e-gov initiatives are achieving cost efficiencies and improved program performance
    • Finally, e-government is view in terms of business efficiencies
    • Publication Date: October 30, 2002
  • House Passes e-Government Bill
    • Bill creates an Office of E-Government in the OMB
    • Bill will move e-government funds across agencies
    • Sponsored by House Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and Procurement Policy
    • Would provide $45M in 2003, $55M in 2004, and $250M over follow two years
  • Hill Does Not Want e-Government Projects Delayed
    • Agencies must submit by December 6th the impact of budget impasses on critical projects
    • Report will go directly to House and Senate Appropriations Committee
    • Clearly e-Government is important to Legislators
  • Veterans Benefits Administrators Go Wireless
    • 100 Field Appraisers have been issued Blackberry Devices
    • Send e-forms back to the office
    • Used for random audits of appraisals for VA home loans
    • Uses Triple DES Encryption that is certified under FIPS 140-1.
    • Program spearheaded by Rob Roberts, IT project manager
  • Joel’s View of "Painless Software Management"
    • This site let’s the non-programmer in on some dirty little secrets
    • Irreverent and fun to read and very informative
    • Check out his latest rant about Law of Leaky Abstractions
  • Beware of Spyware from iWon
    • Sends back surfing habits to central site
    • Does not uninstall even when it says it does
    • Very hard to get rid of
  • PC Pricing are Plummeting
  • Paint Shop Pro — Our Favorite Photo Editor
    • This is a first rate program for editing and enhancing your digital photos
    • Comparable to very expensive packages like Adobe Photoshop
    • Easy to learn and to use
    • Costs $99 (download version) and $109 (boxed version)
    • Download a free 30-day trial version now
  • Stratford News
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