Deepwater whistle-blower 'has a conscience,' attorney says

The engineer who blew the whistle on alleged shoddy practices in the Coast Guard's Deepwater project took action because of his own conscience, his attorney said today.

EDS to provide IT services and support down under

EDS Corp. will manage the technology infrastructure for the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry under a five-year, $61 million contract.

Deepwater in trouble, watchdog says

The Coast Guard accepted the first National Security Cutter under Deepwater without completing operational tests, according to a watchdog group.

Napolitano plans to spend millions for IT

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano told a House committee today about DHS' plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in IT systems.

SBInet tower construction begins

The construction of 17 permanent towers for the SBInet system at the border of Arizona and Mexico started May 4.

General Dynamics unit gets Medicare contract

General Dynamics IT's VIPS unit wins contract from Medicare and Medicaid services center.

House to consider expanding biometrics at sea

The House will vote today on whether to expand a Coast Guard program that screens fingerprints of suspected illegal migrants and terrorists caught at sea.

Towns suggests IT committee to improve transparency of stimulus spending

Federal, state and private sector IT leaders should help track the stimulus package, House committee chairman suggests.

Robert Stephan of DHS joins Dutko

Senior DHS infrastructure protection official now leads new Dutko consulting unit.

Omnibus bill would halt competitive sourcing

Both houses of Congress have approved a major spending bill for fiscal 2009 that includes a moratorium on new competitive sourcing projects.

States stagger under the weight of budget gaps

The budget shortfall situation presents an opportunity for information technology contractors to step in and sell innovative concepts and approaches to states that will generate revenue and drive efficiencies that result in substantial savings, they said.

Who is in the wings?

Industry leaders are anxious for next round of political appointees.

GSA considers launching STARS II

The agency plans to launch a second version of its governmentwide technology contract set aside for small businesses, due to its overwhelming success, an official said.

AeA, ITAA merger wins boards' approval

The boards of directors of AeA and the Information Technology Association of America have approved the merger of the two trade associations.

Digital Angel to equip Army Corps with RFID

Digital Angel Corp. will supply the Army Corps of Engineers with passive integrated transponder technology for fish monitoring through a new $10 million contract.

Northrop Grumman to build Transportation Command analysis center

The Defense Department organization in charge of transportation has signed a contract with Northrop Grumman Corp. to establish supply chain management solutions.

CMS in need of enterprise development services

Enterprise system development services are being sought by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of its new approach for acquiring, delivering and managing IT.