Government IT news analysis, including legislation and regulation affecting the IT industry
  • HIPAA: A bang or a whimper?

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 9:25 pm

    The HIPAA threatened to cause a great deal of trouble for storage admins. Yet when the deadline came, things didn't go as badly as all that. Find out more about how the industry coped.
  • Finding HIPAA-compliant solutions for data backup and recovery

    Posted May 15, 2003 - 9:19 pm

    If you're in the health industry, you need to make sure that your storage systems comply with the HIPAA. Here's a primer describing how you start the process of bringing yourself into compliance.
  • Community banks use Net to keep up

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 11:37 am

    Most small businesses have seen the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Modernization Act (GLBA) as a burden. For many small banks, however, it's been an opportunity to expand their traditional businesses online. Find out how this law has enabled innovation for community financial institutions.
  • Warning: Government regulation ahead

    Posted April 23, 2003 - 11:33 am

    The burden of government regulations, technology-related and otherwise, fall disproportionately on small businesses. This article looks at what's ahead for the little fish.
  • The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    Posted March 28, 2003 - 8:52 pm

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) details the history of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999), and provides 11 specific steps you can take to protect your privacy.
  • Feds' math is fuzzy on computer crime

    Posted April 25, 2001 - 9:28 am

    The federal government can report in exacting detail the number of bank robberies committed in any given year. But when it comes to computer crimes against government agencies, it's close to clueless.
  • Internet taxes: What?s next?

    Posted April 10, 2001 - 2:14 pm

    You?ve probably seen recent news headlines about Internet taxes, but have you looked into the details? Here is some information about different types of Internet taxes, how they are handled now, and how they might be handled in the future.
  • E-Pluribus Unum

    Posted April 3, 2001 - 1:12 pm

    E-government for the people, high-performing work environments
  • Impact of Bush IT advisory panel remains unclear

    Posted March 30, 2001 - 4:25 pm

    President Bush named a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist to co-chair an advisory committee on science and technology, but it's not certain how much influence the panel will have on government IT policies.
  • Is "Antitrust" for real?

    Posted March 20, 2001 - 11:25 am

    There's been a lot of buzz on the Net recently about a movie that opened across the country January 12. The villain in MGM's "Antitrust" is based on the man so many love to hate, Bill Gates. Adding to the buzz -- at least among the open source crowd -- is the fact that Linus Torvalds, Jon "maddog" Hall, and Miguel de Icaza were all involved in the making of the movie.

  • Benchmarks and UCITA

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 5:37 pm

    The debate over benchmark restriction has become part of the spirited discussion around the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, a proposal to create uniform state laws that govern contracts for software and digital content.
  • Congress moves to roll back new ergonomic standards

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 5:02 pm

    Congress this week voted to undo a new set of workplace ergonomic regulations that were aimed partly at reducing the repetitive-motion injuries that afflict many computer users.
  • FBI: No Net user is immune to online fraud

    Posted March 7, 2001 - 5:54 pm

    The widespread adoption of new technologies has created new opportunities for fraud that any Internet user is susceptible to, a situation made worse by ignorance about the issue, according to a new study released this week.
  • Antitrust battle: Is history repeating itself?

    Posted March 7, 2001 - 2:53 pm

    Before Microsoft even existed, IBM dominated the computer business so completely that the only way to open markets to competitors was a set of restrictions stemming from a decades-long antitrust battle.
  • GAO: Adopting PKI security will be tough for government

    Posted March 7, 2001 - 1:19 pm

    The General Accounting Office (GAO) said in a new report that the federal government has to overcome several challenges before it can implement the public-key infrastructure technology needed to deliver effective online services.
  • Retail energy exchanges light up the Web

    Posted February 26, 2001 - 4:02 pm

    In the midst of energy market upheaval, a crop of Web-based business products and services have emerged, claiming to reduce the complexity of deregulation and manage the pain of skyrocketing energy prices.
  • Privacy protection perceptions

    Posted February 22, 2001 - 12:12 pm

    What detail of your private life would you least like to see splashed across the Internet? Or added to a database, linked to your name and sold in a mailing list? Policies that govern how security is implemented will determine the future of privacy more than privacy laws or IT itself.
  • Tax moratorium helps ISPs, does little for e-commerce

    Posted February 21, 2001 - 3:48 pm

    A new push began this month in Congress to extend legislation that is widely known as an Internet tax moratorium. But despite that moniker, the initial legislation hasn't had a significant impact on e-commerce except in one area: It stops states from imposing sales tax obligations on Internet service providers (ISP).
  • The feds take a baby step toward telework

    Posted February 13, 2001 - 2:40 pm

    Is your company keen on telework? If not, would a tax break make the difference?
  • FCC clarifies limit line sharing order

    Posted February 13, 2001 - 2:19 pm

    Alternative local carriers intent on selling plain-vanilla voice service and looking for a partner to offer DSL to sell to the same end users can take heart from a ruling from the Federal Communications Commission.
  • All hail Greenspan

    Posted February 12, 2001 - 4:42 pm

    I'm creating my own church: The Greater Church of Greenspan.
  • Pepco lights up

    Posted February 12, 2001 - 2:53 pm

    Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) is no longer a hometown utility selling a single commodity. The Washington-based company is now a competitive enterprise offering an array of energy and telecommunications products and services in an expanding marketplace. Pepco is reshaping its business, divesting itself of its power-generation business, and focusing on transmission and distribution.
  • Next FCC wireless license auction value pondered

    Posted February 7, 2001 - 5:39 pm

    AS THE MARCH 6 date for the Federal Communications Commission auction of the 700MHz wireless spectrum auction looms closer, it appears to be taking on less, rather than more, significance.
  • Collocation is running out in some telco central offices

    Posted February 1, 2001 - 10:16 am

    Numerous companies are so busy building out new spaces to collocate service-provider gear for fast-growing IP services that it's easy to forget that collocation began in good old-fashioned telco central offices
  • The stories that made IT headlines in 2000

    Posted January 5, 2001 - 12:26 pm

    BOSTON -- LOOKING back, 2000 was the year when common sense made a comeback.
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