This week in FCW history

Five years ago: April 20, 1998

DOD runs largest-ever battlefield simulation
Defense- and National Science Foundation-funded computer scientists recently completed the largest-ever battlefield simulation, in which more than 100,000 tanks, helicopters, missiles and other vehicles engaged in a computer-generated battle set in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq.

Four years ago: April 19, 1999

HUD may ask for Y2K help
The Department of Housing and Urban Development may ask Congress for additional funds and legislation to ensure that HUD's local housing authorities and business partners are prepared for the Year 2000 date change.

Three years ago: April 24, 2000

10 sites to watch
FCW highlights 10 unheralded but innovative Web sites that are paving the way to digital government.

Two years ago: April 23, 2001

Agencies warned on cookies
Bush administration officials are promising "to light a fire" under agency Web managers who violate privacy regulations that forbid the use of cookies that track the activities of Web site visitors.

One year ago: April 22, 2002

Clarke floats options for GovNet
The Bush administration laid out options for securing critical government information systems, including everything from simply beefing up security on existing systems to building a governmentwide intranet that would wall off systems from the Internet.


  • 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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