This week in FCW history

Seven years ago: Nov. 11, 1996

Virus prompts partial EPA shutdown

A computer virus wiped out files in an estimated 600 workstations in the mid-Atlantic region of the Environmental Protection Agency and disabled up to two dozen other computers causing the agency to shut down its network operations in the region. The shutdown primarily affected word-processing applications and use of e-mail. None of the agency's national databases were affected by the virus nor apparently did it attack the regional office's network servers.

Six years ago: Nov. 10, 1997

NSA cancels telecom award to Cisco Systems

The National Security Agency canceled the award of a controversial contract to buy thousands of high-speed network switches from Cisco Systems Inc. The so-called Light Core contract was designed to supply NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. with advanced Asynchronous Transfer Mode switches.

Light Core was rebid several months later and awarded to Fore Systems Inc., which had protested the earlier award to Cisco.

Three years ago: Nov. 14, 2000

IRS missing some conditions, GAO reports

A General Accounting Office report gave the Internal Revenue Service some high marks for handling a 15-year, multibillion-dollar information technology project to streamline the agency, but GAO officials also said the IRS still must strengthen management weaknesses before the agency begins building software-intensive systems. Although the IRS did not meet all of the congressional requirements for the year, the GAO report said money would continue to flow to keep the project moving. And it did. The IRS modernization program continues.

Two years ago: Nov. 12, 2001

Agencies flunk security review

A House panel gave two-thirds of all federal agencies a failing grade for efforts to secure information systems. Rep. Stephen Horn (R-Calif.), who graded agencies on several IT management topics over the years, gave the government an overall grade of F for its effort to secure IT systems, with 16 of 24 agencies surveyed receiving the failing grade. Only one agency received a grade higher than a C-plus.

Two years ago: Nov. 8, 2002

DOD approves electronic medical record system

Pentagon officials gave the go-ahead to an electronic patient record system that will make it easier for military doctors to manage the care of Defense Department personnel as they move from base to base, setting the stage for possible worldwide deployment. DOD's Information Technology Acquisition Board approved a limited deployment of the Composite Health Care System after a successful pilot project in four DOD hospitals. CHCS has since become the main electronic patient record system.


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    White House rolls out DEIA strategy

    On Tuesday, the Biden administration issued agencies a roadmap to guide their efforts to develop strategic plans for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA), as required under a as required under a June executive order.

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    Why DOD is so bad at buying software

    The Defense Department wants to acquire emerging technology faster and more efficiently. But will its latest attempts to streamline its processes be enough?

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