Frank Hayes at Computerworld: "Ever think that cutting a corner that simplifies development but limits who can use your systems is no big deal? Maybe that's true if you're working in a corporate IT shop on a retail Web site or a business-to-business e-commerce application. For hurricane survivors, the corner-cutting at FEMA is a kick in the throat while they're down. After everything they've been through, it's one more cheap shot when they can least afford it.
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A new report from the General Accounting Office finds that the FBI's work on an enterprise architecture is light years ahead of where it was a few years ago, but still falls short of a fully operational enterprise architecture, Federal Computer Week reports.
David Coursey at eWeek wrote a Microsoft-friendly response to Massachusetts' decision to standardize on the OpenDoc format. And the response to his response has been both sympathetic and bewildered. ZDNet blogger George Ou found a lot to like in what Coursey said. But Sun's Simon Phipps, as published on Groklaw, finds Coursey's argument ill-informed.
How should government use data collected from commercial companies. In light of exposures of sensitive personal data from companis like ChoicePoint, it's a serious concern. At a conference sponsored by the Dept. of Homeland Security, governmental and nongovernmental speakers pointed out the need for new laws and regulations. Here are few important quotes from News.com's coverage:
Let’s open a can of worms and make this week interesting, shall we? Is e-mail and Web use monitoring good or bad in a government work place?
FEMA's claims they are working on fixing their website so that it works with other browsers besides Internet Explorer. As of today, though, it's IE only.
The LA Times reports that wireless vendors are rushing into the Gulf region to fill a communications void left by the destruction of landlines. The article poses the question, should wireless now be considered a core part of the communications infrastructure?
A group of 13 nations, organized by the Berkman Center for Law and Internet at Harvard, filed a report with the World Bank today, advocating greater use of open standards in government. According to a New York Times article, the "Roadmap for Open ICT Systems," argues that open systems are "a vital step to accelerate economic growth, efficiency and innovation.
A range of government agencies, coordinated by the national coordinator of health information technology, is piecing together medical records of Gulf Coast residents by working with electronic records contained in the databases of health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, drugstore chains and other sources. Government Health IT reports that some records should be available by next week.
The FCC has cleared the way for Intel to deploy experimental Wimax technology to bring internet connectivity to parts of the Gulf Coast, Business Week reports. Intel shipped equipment Thursday to decommissioned Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio.