FEDERAL BYTES

The Year 2000 Interagency Committee is looking for a logo to represent Year 2000 awareness.

People with ideas are invited to submit their suggestions to the General Services Administration by Aug. 30.Fax your images of exploding calendars warped clocks or other Year 2000 icons to (202) 501-4066. You can also mail your work to Cynthia Warner GSA (MKS) 18th and F Streets N.W. Washington D.C. 20405.

But hurry. Time is running out.

H2What is "vacuum tube"?

Les Dorr a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration headed west last week to appear on the "Jeopardy" game show and match wits with host Alex Trebek. We only hope Dorr an old pro at taking queries from the Washington press corps remembered to phrase his answers in the form of questions.

Collect 'em all and trade 'em with your friends

Possessed with the spirit of last week's Republican National Convention the folks at Sprint commemorated the event by distributing to conventioneers a collector's series of Foncards inscribed with the likeness of a different Republican president and an inspirational quotation from the former chief.

And if that ain't enough to rock your world each card is worth 10 minutes of Sprint long-distance service.

Also in the spirit of free trade (which we assume most Republicans endorse) Sprint encouraged convention attendees who didn't receive cards depicting their favorite presidents to trade with their peers on the convention floor.

Strange bedfellows

One of the more intriguing attractions at GSA's 35th annual IRMCO conference slated for Sept. 3-6 will be a luncheon speech by Josh Ramo senior editor at Time magazine on "Practicing De-mocracy: Journalism and Government in a Wired World."

Although reporters and federal officials have been known to clash from time to time Ramo's speech will focus on common ground shared by the two professions.

This has led some folks at GSA - and some of us in the news media - to wonder whether this will result in an extremely short speech.

Commenting on Ramo's speech at a news briefing last week GSA's Sandra Hense said somewhat sardonically "We wish him luck."

When a rose is not a rose

When is a computer not a computer? That's a question that the Professional Services Council is asking itself in the wake of OMB's decision to update the Standard Industrial Classification codes.

The trade association wants to describe the multifaceted technology industry in a way that's more up-to-date than the current categories that were set a decade ago.

There's software integration services telecommunications.... Computers a PSC staff member reminded us are hardware.

May we suggest information technology?

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