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Government employees to road test smartcards

Federal government employees will become human guinea pigs as a preliminary test to an Australia-wide rollout of smartcards federal government services delivery under a proposal floated by Special Minister of State, Senator Eric Abetz.

Written by Julian Bajkowski28 Sept. 05 15:25

Teleworkers tire of being always-on

The always-on employee working for the 24x7 company is slowly learning to despise the concept of mobility and working from home, according to a Sensis survey released this week.

Written by Michael Crawford23 Sept. 05 10:01

Beware of quick and easy wins

IT managers using low-hanging fruit, quick runs on the board and easy wins to sell the virtues of new technology deployments to management need to ensure they are not creating lemons in the process.

Written by Julian Bajkowski23 Sept. 05 08:05

Liberty Alliance urges standard for UK ID card plan

As the U.K. government moves ahead with a national identification card plan, it should be based on open standards, the executive director of the Liberty Alliance said at a press briefing in London.

Written by Jeremy Kirk22 Sept. 05 07:36

Telstra sale gets go ahead

The federal government has received the all clear to sell its majority stake in Telstra after all five sale bills were passed by both houses of federal parliament last week.

Written by Computerworld Staff16 Sept. 05 10:38

Govt procurement models up for debate

Australia's most prominent government CIOs and IT ministers will add their expertise to an open panel debate on the most critical issues facing the IT industry later this month.

Written by Michael Crawford16 Sept. 05 09:52

'HAL 9000' deleted 1 million UK tax records

The U.K.'s Inland Revenue department accidentally deleted almost 1 million taxpayer records from the years 1997 to 2000 because of an error in the way it maintained its databases, according to a report published Thursday.

Written by James Niccolai12 Sept. 05 08:45

Group urges IT open standards in report

A road map aimed at guiding governments and companies in the development of open information and communication technologies was presented Friday at a World Bank meeting in New York by a group comprised of academics, government officials and industry representatives. The Open ePolicy Group contends that the adoption of open standards is vital to global economic growth and innovation.

Written by Nancy Weil12 Sept. 05 07:32

IBM, New York county team up to fight Medicaid waste, fraud

Erie County has decided to take part in a program developed by IBM and the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) to detect Medicaid fraud using advanced mathematical algorithms developed by IBM researchers.

Written by Linda Rosencrance08 Sept. 05 09:01

HR outsourcing finds heavy-hitting fans

Globally, human resources (HR) outsourcing is picking up steam with the likes of Pepsi, Whirlpool and other big names choosing to use service providers to avoid stressing already stretched IT staff.

Written by Sandra Rossi and Patrick Thibodeau05 Sept. 05 11:51

Immigration restructures IT post-Palmer

Senior public servants rarely shed tears in public, yet several had trouble concealing their emotions when Department of Immigration, Multiculturism and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) outgoing chief information officer Cheryl Hannah took the stage at a government IT conference in Canberra last week.

Written by Julian Bajkowski02 Sept. 05 09:52

US state plans to abandon Microsoft Office

Massachusetts unveiled plans to phase out Microsoft's Office in favor of office productivity suites that support an open-document format from the OASIS standards body, according to a statement on the commonwealth's Web site.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano02 Sept. 05 08:18

NSF proposes next-generation Internet

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has proposed a next-generation Internet with built-in security and functionality that connects all kinds of devices, with researchers challenging the government agency to look at the Internet as a "clean slate."

Written by Grant Gross31 Aug. 05 08:00

No job guarantees for Telstra employees

Prime Minister John Howard said today he cannot guarantee job security for Telstra workers once the telco is fully sold.

Written by Sandra Rossi29 Aug. 05 14:30

Federal CIO promises more reforms

Australia's latest whole of government CIO, Ann Steward, has used her first public speech to make all the right political noises and warn government CIOs and IT managers they must clean up their own backyards and learn to share infrastructure with their peers without quarreling.

Written by Julian Bajkowski29 Aug. 05 10:05

Abetz announces overhaul for e-government

The federal government is to dramatically shake up its internal IT strategy by the end of the year and will implement an ambitious scheme of programs including identity management, tougher contracts for vendors and an IT skills program.

Written by Julian Bajkowski29 Aug. 05 08:33

QLD IT minister promises better industry tracking

Having parachuted into a new Ministry of IT Policy, Queensland's latest cyber politician, Chris Cummins, is banking that increased research and reporting will sooth perennially strained relations between the government and local industry.

Written by Julian Bajkowski24 Aug. 05 08:00

Ill wind blows through e-Health adoption

E-Health initiatives have medicos fuming over time-consuming software and parents traumatized over automatic rebates that not only don't arrive but disrupt childcare arrangements.

Written by Julian Bajkowski23 Aug. 05 09:14

Microsoft offers RFID system for postal services

Microsoft is marketing an RFID (radio frequency identification device) package for postal services at a stamp exhibition in Taiwan, hoping to woo the government's post office and potentially forge a new line of business for the software maker.

Written by Dan Nystedt and John Ribeiro23 Aug. 05 08:14
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