Thanks for the memories

This is my last issue as editor in chief of Federal Computer Week, and the staff offered me the chance to use this space to reflect on the changes in the federal market since our first issue, published in March 1987.

In that issue, our lead stories were about new security regulations and access to sensitive but unclassified data and the announcement of a major reorganization of the Pentagon's information technology resources. In the next several issues, we highlighted the General Services Administration's efforts to streamline acquisition and purge obsolete computer equipment from federal inventories, as well as an Office of Management and Budget attempt to bring hundreds of incompatible federal financial systems under control.

It makes one stop and think. The more things change, the more they do seem to stay the same. No one would deny that dramatic changes have swept the federal market. A process-bound procurement system has sprung wide open, and fresh new ways to acquire IT gear pop up every week. But many of the basic issues - such as security and public access to data and scores of management questions - remain remarkably similar to those that bedeviled federal executives in 1987.

I leave the coverage of those enduring issues in good hands here at FCW. Paul McCloskey, who takes over as editor in chief, was a member of the original launch team in 1987. He has covered the Internet and state and local computing in recent years, and I am confident that his team of committed and talented journalists will continue FCW's tradition of hard-hitting and award-winning journalism.

In the meantime, I would like to thank all of you personally for the great times and the great memories.

- Anne A. Armstrong



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