[govinfo] GovInfo News 10-30-06

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 14:01:41 -0500

- U.S. Finds Too Many KBR Reports 'Proprietary'
- Federal court denies government's seal request
- Navy puts moratorium on Web

Patrice McDermott, Director
202-332-OPEN (6736)

By Griff Witte
Saturday, October 28, 2006; D02
A Halliburton Co. subsidiary is abusing federal regulations by marking nearly 
all information it gives to the government about its operations in Iraq 
"proprietary," a practice that promotes unnecessary secrecy and could hurt 
competition, according to a report released yesterday by U.S. auditors.

Under federal law, contractors are allowed to mark some documents proprietary, 
especially when they are bidding on a deal. But auditors for the Special 
Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc. 
was using that stamp even with such basic records as daily head counts of how 
many people ate at the company's dining facilities. ...
Auditors concluded that the company's actions represent "an abuse" of the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation, the set of rules for government contracts.
In a written response, Halliburton spokeswoman Cathy Mann said that using the 
proprietary stamp was "not only encouraged, but required" by the Army.
According to the report, Army officials are working on ways to get KBR to cut 
down on the practice.
KBR and the Defense Department were both criticized last year after it came to 
light that the company had advised Pentagon officials to heavily redact a 
series of unfavorable audits before they were delivered to United Nations 
monitors. The Pentagon complied.


Associated Press
ATLANTA - A federal court in Atlanta has denied the government's motion for a 
protective order for unclassified files in the trial of two men charged with 
providing material support to terrorists.
"The press and the public enjoy a qualified First Amendment right of access to 
criminal trial proceedings," U.S. District Court for the Northern District of 
Georgia ruled Thursday.
While the government has the right to seal sensitive information when there's a 
compelling government interest, the court found that the proposed protective 
order would have covered all unclassified discovery material and thus 
essentially all filings in the case.
10/26/06 -- 02:42 PM
By Dawn S. Onley,

The Navy has issued a moratorium on the creation of new Web sites and portals, 
and upgrading existing ones, in an effort to cut infrastructure costs, 
eliminate duplication and, ultimately, get the service in a better position for 
migration to the Defense Knowledge Online portal.

The Navy currently has 85 portals and 3,700 publicly registered Web sites, 
according to Tina Donbeck, enterprise transformation section head in the Navy's 
CIO office. This doesn't account for the thousands more private Web sites 
maintained in the .com environment, Donbeck added.

Effective immediately, the service can incur no new obligations without 
approval from the OPNAV N6. The N6 serves as the principal adviser to the chief 
of naval operations on network-centric issues.

Existing portals will operate in maintenance mode until further notice, Donbeck 

"This effort will accelerate the deployment of a Navy central point of entry to 
authoritative data, core enterprise services and Web-centric applications that 
are vital in delivering information to the warfighter," according to NAVADMIN 
275/06 guidance that went out on Oct. 4.

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