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Mary Mosquera

Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

Mills confirmed to head SBA

Karen Mills would help put SBA back on track to carry out its lending, technical assistance and entrepreneurship programs, a senator said.

Obama names national health IT coordinator

Physician David Blumenthal will lead HHS efforts to direct spending of $19.5 billion in economic stimulus funds for health IT to advance implementation of the nationwide health information infrastructure.

Private tax collectors lose IRS work

The tax agency found that federal employees were more cost effective than the debt contractors.

Kundra named federal CIO, vows to make more data public

Vivek Kundra says he wants to improve transparency and engage people.

Budget gives boost to IT, health care

The Health and Human Services Department would get money to increase techology, research and program integrity under the HHS $76.8 billion request.

Treasury grapples with devising systems for TARP

The department plans to release soon requests for proposals for the modernization of two programs -- its foreign intelligence network and enterprise content management system.

Analysis: Stimulus package ripe with IT opportunities

Stimulus package favors IT opportunities in health care, energy, broadband and cybersecurity.

Economic recovery bill to stimulate jobs, green IT

Funding and developing energy efficiencies, renewable resources and the technologies to support them would create jobs, members of Congress say.

Obama: Technology key to stimulating economy

Technology will be an important aspect of creating jobs and transforming health care, the president said in his inaugural address.

GAO: Treasury must keep bailout transparent

Treasury has hired PricewaterhouseCoopers to help implement internal controls for the Troubled Assets Relief Program.

Transition Watch | Orszag to head OMB under Obama

Peter Orszag, an economist, has directed the Congressional Budget Office since January 2007.

GSA goes green with new MAS vehicle

The vehicle seeks to help agencies strengthen environmental, energy and transportation conservation goals, GSA said.

OPM terminates RetireEZ contract

The $290 million deal with Hewitt Associates was ceased, according to OPM, because the company failed to deliver a functioning benefits calculator.

SEC seeks to increase transparency

The SEC is planning to modernize its disclosure system under the agency's 21st Century Disclosure Initiative.

SEC seeks comments on data system upgrade

The agency is looking for input from industry and the public about modernizing its system for disclosing financial information to be more interactive and streamlined.

IT accountability bill has bipartisan backing

S. 3384 would require agencies to report their progress on IT investments so that Congress and OMB would have an early warning system to avert problems before they become too big.

Shared services providers favored for financial work

Agencies are increasingly choosing contractors as shared service providers for their modernized financial management systems over federal agencies that provide the same services.

Koontz to Congress: Revise privacy laws

Congress should consider revising privacy laws to ensure that the sensitive data the government collects and uses is appropriately protected, said Linda Koontz, director of information management issues at GAO.

Treasury to conduct open competition for IT services

The open competition for Treasury's Information Technology Infrastructure Managed Services contract is valued at $300 million.

DOD, vendors to secure internal networks

The Defense Department is working with contractors to shore up data security on their internal networks, one company at a time.