This week in FCW history

Seven years ago: Dec. 2, 1996

Report blasts Mac replacement

NASA's Office of the Inspector General said that the chief information officer at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center did not follow agency policy and may have negatively affected space flight safety when he ordered the replacement of the center's Apple Inc. Macintosh workstations with PCs that run Microsoft Corp. Windows 95. The replacement was not cost effective and did not take users' requirements into consideration, the inspector general said.

The investigation was prompted in part by a protest launched by center employees shortly after the replacement policy was issued.

Six years ago: Dec. 1, 1997

ODIN opens to all feds

The General Services Administration and NASA were set to sign an agreement opening the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative (ODIN) for NASA contract to all government agencies and increasing its value to $5 billion from almost $1 billion. Under the agreement, GSA's Information Technology Integration center would handle all orders for ODIN services originating outside NASA.

Three years ago: Dec. 4, 2000

SBA takes next step in modernization

The Small Business Administration selected SRA International Inc. to head the second phase of a three-phase systems modernization program. Under a task order through GSA's Millennia Lite contract, SRA and its partners provided systems integration services to automate SBA's financial management systems.

Two years ago: Nov. 28, 2001

VA plan thaws IT projects

The Department of Veterans Affairs lifted its temporary freeze on new information technology projects after issuing its enterprise architecture plan. However, VA Secretary Anthony Principi said that as a way to keep track of resources and unify the VA, CIO John Gauss or his designated representative still must approve each IT project and the money to pay for it. Gauss said some changes would have to be made to the enterprise architecture plan to address post-Sept. 11, 2001, fears. He said the changes involved increasing physical security at its data centers.

One year ago: Dec. 2, 2002

Coast Guard turns HR helm over to vendor

Coast Guard officials said that they outsourced the operations of the human resources management system to increase access to current information and enhance the system's security. The agency awarded Corio Inc. a $6 million, seven-month deal with four options years, to host the PeopleSoft Inc. personnel program used by the Coast Guard.

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