Federal Bytes

Female superiority Thurman Davis deputy administrator at the General Services Administration may have inadvertently pleased a lot of women during his speech this month at Sprint's FTS 2000 users' conference.

Davis accidentally (we think) misquoted one of his favorite authors who said "A man who says something can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it." In Davis' speech it came out as "A man who says something can't be done is generally interrupted by a woman doing it."

Although Davis quickly corrected his gaffe we couldn't help but notice that the women in the audience were chuckling slightly louder than the men.

An abbreviated statementIn his first days on the job as general manager of Microsoft Corp.'s federal district Pete Hayes got a taste of how much there is to learn about the government market. He said the biggest learning curve from Day One has not been the labyrinthine procurement laws but the plethora of acronyms.

"I should have been an expert on acronyms having worked at Microsoft and IBM " Hayes said. "Now I realize that was just preschool."

Get your motor runnin'Matt Williamson an account rep at Network Software Associates Inc. wants to reach out to his customers. He plans to hop on his motorcycle next month and visit his federal customers on what he is calling the Connectivity Tour '97. The tour will kick off at the company's headquarters in Arlington Va. and touch points as far north as Cleveland as far west as St. Louis and as far south as Cape Canaveral Fla. before winding up back in Virginia.

Williamson has also invited customers with their own motorcycles to join him and a couple of FBI employees have already said they will participate in the first leg of the tour according to a company spokeswoman.

It's a far cry from Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper but it sounds like fun. Others who wish to join Williamson can call (703) 875-0444 or see the company Web site at www.nsainc.com/tour97.

And you thought the new traffic pattern was badMurphy's Law says anything that can go wrong will. The people at the Federal Aviation Administration must have cursed the agency earlier this month when Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater got stuck on the 13th floor of the new air traffic control tower at Washington D.C.'s National Airport because of a malfunctioning elevator. At the time the new tower had not yet opened.

After a while Slater walked down the stairs and appeared at a press conference where reporters who got a tour later that day when the elevator decided to cooperate anxiously waited. We're guessing Slater probably skipped his visit to the gym that day.

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