This week in FCW history
Seven years ago: Sept. 23, 1996
Hackers attack CIA home page
The CIA Web site break-in came only hours after the Senate passed a bill designed to crack down on computer crimes by hackers. Hackers apparently affiliated with a Swedish group changed the name of the intelligence agency to the "Central Stupidity Agency " altered links to send users to Playboy magazine and hacker sites and added obscenities. The hackers also replaced the photograph of CIA Director John Deutch with the photograph of an unknown person.
Six years ago: Sept. 22, 1997
NIH taps 45 to share $2 billion ECS II business
The National Institutes of Health awarded contracts to 45 vendors to compete for a potential $2 billion in business through the Electronic Computer Store II program. NIH chose the winners from an unprecedented 78 bidders who sought a piece of the governmentwide hardware and software procurement. The agency planned at first to award less than 30 contracts but added to the list in order to make more awards to small businesses.
Five years ago: Sept. 23, 1998
Security flaws expose sensitive info
Officials told the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee that hackers can access sensitive medical and financial information on individuals because of widespread security weaknesses in agency computer systems. The General Accounting Office found significant information security weaknesses at all 24 federal departments, with 17 of them having deficiencies in security planning and management. The most common problem was poor control over access to sensitive data, GAO officials said.
Four years ago: Sept. 27, 1999
NASA faces 'declining budgets'
The Government Electronics and Information Technology Association said NASA and companies doing business with the space agency in the coming years would have to endure a "window of pain" as Congress exerted pressure on NASA's budget. Kenton Ho, product line manager for TRW Inc.'s Space & Electronics group, presented the report and said it means tough choices for the agency when deciding which projects to pursue.
Three years ago: Sept. 25, 2000
FirstGov gets juiced up
A day ahead of the three-month schedule President Clinton set for launching a governmentwide Internet portal, FirstGov flickered to life on computer screens nationwide. The portal, which bills itself as "Your first click to the U.S. government," provides easy access to government information and transactions online.
Two years ago: Sept. 19, 2001
NIMA postpones outsourcing
Because of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency delayed the award of a contract to outsource its high-tech operations. NIMA had intended by the end of the month to award a $2 billion, sole-source privatization contract to a joint venture between Chenega Technology Services Corp. and Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Communications Ltd., but the agency announced it would delay the privatization effort. The delay didn't last long. By the end of 2002, contractors were expected to outnumber federal employees at NIMA.
One year ago: Sept. 23, 2002
Interior management slammed
Finding them "unfit trustee-delegates," a federal judge held Interior Department Secretary Gale Norton and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Neal McCaleb in civil contempt last week. The agency "indisputably" proved itself "unwilling or unable to administer competently," and could not "be trusted to state accurate the status of its trust reform efforts," U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in a 267-page opinion. Norton and McCaleb committed four counts of fraud and one of litigation misconduct for various actions that include making false and misleading statements about computer security, Lamberth concluded. The contempt ruling was overturned 10 months later by a three-judge panel, although plaintiffs recently asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to reinstate it. The Indians' lawsuit is still continuing.