The Buzz: March 25, 2002

By eweek  |  Posted 2002-03-25 Print this article Print

Responding to the dearth of IT talent in federal agencies, the U.S. government may seek help from businesses.

Exchanging IT Personnel

Responding to the dearth of IT talent in federal agencies, the U.S. government may seek help from businesses.

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would create an IT worker exchange program. The Digital Tech Corps Act would place private-sector tech employees in federal agencies for two years, and, in turn, the government would lend its IT employees to private businesses.

The program would give federal agencies the type of IT expertise they cant attract now, but there is still the question of whether private businesses would want to give up that expertise for a couple of years.

The House will vote on the bill next month, after members return from their April recess.

HotJobs CEO to Step Down

Maybe Dimitri Boylan can use the new job search features on Yahoo to find a new position.

Boylan will step down at the end of the month as president and CEO of, the job site that Yahoo bought last month for about $439 million.

Yahoo, which had to outbid, the parent company of the massive job search site, wanted to diversify its offerings.

Boylan was one of HotJobs.coms co-founders, joining the company in 1997. He will stay on as a consultant through May 31, while Yahoo searches for a replacement.

Defense Data Streamlined

Missile defense represents some of the most advanced technology being developed by the military. To help out missile defense, the military is using portal technology.

The Missile Defense Agency last week contracted with Plumtree to use the companys portal technology to streamline its research and testing. The agency wants to give researchers access to classified information via Web browsers on their desktops.

The hope is that using Plumtrees corporate intranet portal—which will have sophisticated security features—will reduce cycle time and cut risks in the design phase.

—Bill Boller, HP shareholder and former Agilent Technologies employee, on why he voted against HPs merger with Compaq


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