Utah and Maine took the lead this year among the states in their e-government efforts, according to a new study from Brown University. The study looked at 1,559 state sites and 61 federal sites.
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Government agencies relying on open source software may be particularly interested in patent reform legislation introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith. While the bill largely satisfies the needs of the pharmaceutical industry, it does make a number of changes to software, as well. And there are fears that it strengthens the hands of software publishers with deep pockets while making smaller players more vulnerable.
The New York Times' David Pogue thinks the buzz over FEMA's assistance website requiring IE 6 for Windows is "a big overblown." He notes that the site states the agency is working on the problem, and that applicants can always use the 800 number. He neglects to note though, the message that says the number is very busy and the best time to get through is between 2 am and 6 am.
The Register had an article on Friday about Steve Urquhart’s challenge to Hatch that categorized Urquhart as a “file-sharing, Republican blogger.
It looks like industry is starting to understand what's required in creating a disaster-proof telecommunications system. And it may be industry that leads and the government that follows. Hossein Eslambolchi, AT&T Corp.'s CIO, called on the FCC to require every communications provider to adopt crisis management plans, Computerworld reports.
The National Archive has awarded a $300m contract to Lockheed Martin to build a modern electronic records archive that will eventually allow the public access to electronic records in the National Archives and presidential libraries.
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.
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: