November 22, 2005

DOD launches e-health records system

The military yet again leads the way in innovative technology implementations: GovExec reports that DOD has launched AHLTA, its electronic health record system, and that it was built using mostly off-the-shelf products. Does anyone know what the architecture of this…
November 21, 2005

Lines of Business panel on 12/6/05

IAC just popped out an e-mail advertising a panel session on December 6th at The Willard in DC with luminaries involved in the Lines of Business initiatives. Panelists are: Charles Havekost, Chief Information Officer, Health and Human Services, and ex-Grants.gov…

Grants.gov Find and Apply merger – now December 19

Just received an e-mail about this from Grants.gov. Highlights below: Grants.gov is pleased to announce the new date for its Find and Apply merge will occur on December 19th. This marks another important accomplishment for Grants.gov initiative. On this date,…

NGMA Lunch, 11/17/2005

Following a fender bender on Dolly Madison Parkway last Thursday, I made it to the National Grants Management Association’s monthly lunch at Maggiano’s in Tenleytown. Tom Cooley, CFO of the National Science Foundation, was the speaker and he had a…

Grants.gov and Macs – update

Over at Partial Recall, Rob gives us an update on what NIH is doing regarding PureEdge’s inability to provide a Mac client to Grants.gov. The latest news is that the Mac client will be available in November 2006. Now, I…

Justice gets lower IT budget

Also from GovExec.com, I see a report on the FY06 State-Justice-Commerce appropriations bill, which effectively cuts the Department of Justice’s IT budget. It already looks like IT will be a primary target as Congress tries to get the country’s budget…

eGov funding just got harder

GovExec reports today that Congress has included language in the Transportation-Treasury FY06 spending bill that requires all agencies to give Congress 15 days notice of any intention to transfer money to other agencies for e-government projects. OMB had been pushing…
November 17, 2005

PMA Scorecard shows eGov disappointments

OMB released the PMA Scorecard for September 30, 2005, and grades on e-government have dropped for six agencies, as FCW reports here. Meanwhile, Transportation and Labor maintained their green status, and HHS and Treasury moved from yellow to green on…
November 15, 2005

Spending bill has stiff telework requirements

I see that Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va) has written some stiff penalties into a new spending bill for certain agencies to prove that their use of teleworkers is increasing. We at TCG have been advocates of teleworking for many years…
October 18, 2005

Challenging Torvald: Specs Are the Language of Negotiation

According to an article in SYS-CON, Linus Torvald posted a message on the ‘net saying that specs don’t help in software development, that they are a needless level of abstraction. Torvald may be right when the developer is the client,…