This week in FCW history

Four years ago: FCW, April 5, 1999

Captive soldiers lacked critical GPS radios
The Army acknowledged that the three U.S. soldiers captured by the Yugoslav army were not outfitted with a specially designed radio that could have helped rescuers locate them.

Agencies fight off 'Melissa' macro virus
Federal agencies battled a wildly proliferating computer virus dubbed "Melissa" that even managed to make its way on board a Navy ship.

Three years ago: FCW, April 3, 2000

Defense messaging degrades
Problems with the Defense Department's billion-dollar messaging system have gone from bad to worse, according to a recent study.

Building a blueprint for agency CIOs
A new guide from the General Accounting Office sifts through the lessons learned from state government and industry counterparts to help agencies lay a foundation for federal CIOs.

Two years ago: FCW, April 9, 2001

Red light put on 'blacklisting'
The Federal Acquisition Regulation Council put on hold the rule it calls "the most controversial ever published by the FAR Council."

One year ago: FCW, April 8, 2002

IRS changes in store
John Reece, the former industry executive who runs the Internal Revenue Service's multibillion-dollar modernization, said that the program is a "marathon" and that there are plans for "some professional refreshment. We're going to rotate folks, change them around."


  • innovation (Sergey Nivens/

    VA embraces procurement challenges at scale

    Steve Kelman applauds the Department of Veterans Affairs' ambitious attempt to move beyond one-off prize-based contests to combat veteran suicides more effectively.

  • big data AI health data

    Where did the ideas for shutdowns and social distancing come from?

    Steve Kelman offers another story about hero civil servants (and a good president).

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