This week in FCW history

Five years ago: FCW, May 18, 1998

Rep. Davis to renew push for co-op purchasing legislation
Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) plans once again to introduce a bill that would allow state and local governments to buy information technology products and services off the General Services Administration schedule.

Four years ago: FCW, May 17, 1999

Russians skip NATO IT excercise
In a show of protest against NATO's bombing campaign in Yugoslavia, the Russian government pulled out of a major computer and communications exercise intended to help allies develop communications systems capable of sharing information on the battlefield.

Three years ago: FCW, May 15, 2000

'User's manual for hackers'
An internal memo so sensitive that it has been called a "user's manual for hackers" describes at least 18 vulnerable spots in computer systems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Two years ago: FCW, May 14, 2001

The FBI's hunt for order
The FBI is seeking a major influx of money to improve its antiquated computer infrastructure in the wake of revelations that outdated information technology systems played a role in misplacing 3,135 documents related to the Oklahoma City bombing.

One year ago: FCW, May 20, 2002

State tests info sharing
The State Department launched a pilot project in India and Mexico to share information across agencies, using technology to plug security holes such as the kind that allowed some of the Sept. 11 hijackers to obtain U.S. visas.


  • 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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