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IT spending to rise steadily

Public-sector spending on commercial information
technology and support services will
grow by 5 percent during the next five years,
from $66 billion in 2007 to about $90 billion
in 2013, according to a new report from
Houston business advisory firm EquaTerra.

The increase reflects government efforts to
deal with constrained budgets, underfunded
mandates and the wave of retiring baby
boomers from government service,
EquaTerra said.

Stevens indictment raises fears

The indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)
has many Alaskans
worried about the flow of
federal funds into the state,
according to the
Washington Post.

Stevens used his leadership
role on the
Appropriations Committee to funnel money
and programs to the state. He was the architect
of the 1971 law that created Alaska
Native Corporations, now well-known players
in the government IT market.

DOD systems' upgrades still risky

Some Defense Department business systems
modernization projects need to be better justified,
defined and managed, the Government
Accountability Office said in a recent report.

GAO designated DOD's business systems
modernization program as high risk in 1995,
but DOD continues to invest billions in thousands
of large, complex and critical business
systems, GAO said.

DOD OKs Certipath certificates

The Defense Department is accepting publickey
infrastructure certificates from Certipath
LLC, an external provider whose membership
includes several major defense contractors,
the company has announced.

Certipath is a joint venture of PKI
providers Arinc Inc., Exostar LLC and
Belgian firm SITA SC.

911 Act protects VOIP 911 calls

Voice-over-IP phone calls to 911 numbers will
have the same access and protections as other
911 technologies according to a measure
recently signed by President Bush.

The New and Emerging Technologies 911
Improvement Act seeks to ensure 911 service
is available during an emergency. Some VOIP
networks are already able to connect 911 systems.

Oracle accuses SAP of theft

Oracle Corp. last month made claims that
rival SAP knowingly bought an illegal operation
that was set up to steal Oracle products
and customers, the Associated Press
reported.

The allegations are part of a fraud case
that Oracle brought against SAP last year
involving SAP's acquisition of software
maintenance developer TomorrowNow.

Oracle alleges TomorrowNow hacked
Oracle computers to access confidential
information.

DHS allots $1.8 billion in grants

The Homeland Security Department
announced a boost in grants from last year's
$1.7 billion to $1.8 billion, primarily to states
and cities, to help strengthen local homeland
security response.

A total of 60 urban areas, including 14 new
ones, are eligible for $782 million in DHS'
Urban Area Security Initiative grant program
for fiscal 2008, up from 46 cities last year. No
cities were dropped from the list this year.

Lockheed tops executive pay survey

The $26 million in total compensation that
Lockheed Martin Corp. Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer Robert Stevens earns makes
him the highest paid executive in the
Washington region, according to a Washington
Post survey.

Other Washington government contracting
company executives on the top 10 list
include: General Dynamics Corp. chairman
and CEO Nicholas Chabraja, $18.5 million;
Michael Laphen, Computer Sciences Corp.'s
chairman and CEO, with $13.3 million; and
former CSC chairman and CEO Van
Honeycutt with $12.5 million.

Calls for DCAA resignations

Responding to a sharply critical Government
Accountability Office report on the Defense
Contract Audit Agency, Sen. Claire McCaskill
(D-Mo.) is demanding the resignations of
DCAA supervisors who pressured employees
to soften audit results on federal contractors.

The agency is caught in what could be the
"biggest audit scandal in the history of this
town," McCaskill said.

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