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NASA Postpones Shuttle Launch by a Week

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

NASA has moved the target date for launch to May 22 to enable engineers to complete the analysis and review of critical changes made to the orbiter in the aftermath of the Columbia disaster.



Report Criticizes OMB Oversight of IT Projects

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

The Office of Management and Budget has not done enough to oversee $22 billion worth of critical federal information technology projects that it previously flagged as deficient, according to a government report set for release today.



Military Jet Faces a Long Struggle to Fit In

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

The question facing the Pentagon and Congress is whether the F/A-22 Raptor's advanced features are enough to justify a more than $70 billion investment at the same time the military is stretched thin.



Army Picks Tamsco to Build Iraq Infrastructure

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

Technical and Management Services Corp. of Calverton is building command and control infrastructure for the multinational forces in Iraq under a new contract with the U.S. Army. The contract has initial funding of $12.2 million, with a ceiling of $279 million over three years, the company said.



Lasers to Signal Airspace Violations

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

The U.S. military will begin using an elaborate network of cameras and lasers next month to scan the sky over Washington and warn aircraft that enter the nation's most restricted metropolitan airspace.



McCain Seeks Review Of Pentagon Buying

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called for a broad review of the Pentagon procurement system yesterday, citing the Air Force's recent contracting scandals as evidence of larger problems. The Air Force's problems are a "glaring example of a management and oversight failure in our acquisition process," said McCain.



Nominee Backs a Review of NASA's Hubble Decision

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

Michael D. Griffin, President Bush's nominee to become the new NASA administrator, told senators at his confirmation hearing yesterday that he would reassess the agency's decision to cancel a space shuttle mission to service the aging Hubble Space Telescope.



Engineers Present Plan to Service Hubble

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

NASA engineers have shown they could service the Hubble Space Telescope using only robots, implicitly challenging the plan to abandon the controversial $470 million mission.



Physicians Outrun Poor Records, Pasts

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

Facing problems in one state, hundreds of doctors simply moved and restarted their careers despite a system designed to prevent just that.



Probe Finds Huge Flaws In U.S. Border Monitors

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

A critical network of cameras and sensors installed along the Mexican and Canadian borders has been hobbled by defective equipment and by lax oversight by government officials who failed to properly supervise the project's contractor.



EDS to Manage Online Travel System for NASA

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

EDS Corp. has been picked by NASA to manage the space agency's travel arrangements under a $20 million contract.



At FOSE, English as a Second Language

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

Cool technology is always on display at the annual FOSE trade show, but some attendees need an interpreter to appreciate it. -Robert MacMillan



As Government Cap on Work Visas Rises, So Does Confusion

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

The two engineers have been ready for months. One waits in Colombia, the other in Argentina.



Army Will Restructure Modernization Contract

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

The Army announced yesterday it would restructure its $120 billion modernization effort after facing questions from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) about whether taxpayer interests were being protected.



Soldiers Defend Faulted Strykers

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

MOSUL, Iraq, April 2 -- An internal U.S. Army report detailing flaws in a new $11 billion armored personnel carrier known as the Stryker has come under criticism from soldiers who use the vehicle in combat.



Historic Voyager Mission May Lose Its Funding

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

In a cost-cutting move prompted by President Bush's moon-Mars initiative, NASA could put an end to Voyager, the legendary 28-year mission that has sent a spacecraft farther from Earth than any object ever made by humans.



SRI to Develop Robotics for Battlefield Medical Care

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

Call it Robodoc.
SRI International Inc. won a two-year, $12 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a robotic surgical system that would let doctors operate on a wounded soldier on the battlefield from a remote location.



Consolidation Is the New Focus of IT Contracts

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

With a couple clicks of a mouse, you can file your taxes, join the Army, reserve a cabin at a national park or apply online for a student loan. The feds, it seems, have successfully gone online.



Army Study Finds Transport Vehicle Faulty

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

The Army has deployed a new troop transport vehicle in Iraq with many defects, putting troops there at unexpected risk from rocket-propelled grenades and raising questions about the vehicle's development and $11 billion cost.



Wounded Vets Tapped For New VA Program

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 11:27:57 GMT

Experimental program at the Veterans Affairs Department provides skills, work experience and the prospect of a VA job for wounded soldiers whose injuries will force their exit from the military.