The Federal 100: Every year tells a story

The Federal 100 awards program, viewed in retrospect, is like a family album (to revive a term from pre-Flickr days). It offers a hundred images of the people and events that made each year memorable. In our case, cartoonist John Klossner is a de facto archivist, attempting to capture the zeitgeist of the program each year in one cartoon. Here are some of his past snapshots.

Klossner cartoon trade federal 100 award

Oct. 30, 2006

The current debate about whether feds are overpaid would have baffled readers in 2006 as many federal agencies found themselves consistently outbid for IT talent.

Klossner cartoon avatar data federal 100

March 23, 2009

Second Life and other virtual worlds were looming in the public imagination in 2009. Now the technology seems so…dated.

Klossner postcards

March 21, 2005

Five years before “The Social Network” brought the story of Facebook to the big screen, Klossner imagined how a major studio might capture the drama behind Army Knowledge Online.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Shutterstock image: looking for code.

    How DOD embraced bug bounties -- and how your agency can, too

    Hack the Pentagon proved to Defense Department officials that outside hackers can be assets, not adversaries.

  • Shutterstock image: cyber defense.

    Why PPD-41 is evolutionary, not revolutionary

    Government cybersecurity officials say the presidential policy directive codifies cyber incident response protocols but doesn't radically change what's been in practice in recent years.

  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

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