Editorial: FCW’s bias

If there has been a bias in these pages, it is a strong belief in the vital role that IT can play in helping the government do its important jobs more effectively

Anniversaries are good opportunities to look back. Federal Computer Week’s actual anniversary — March 23 — isn’t for a few months. But we decided to celebrate the magazine’s 20th anniversary the Disney way: stretch it out over a full year. This gives us an opportunity to look at issues, people, rules, regulations, laws and policies in a more complete way by breaking 20 years of coverage into more manageable parts.

As we thumbed through older FCW issues, we were amazed to see how much has changed. Microchips are smaller and more powerful. We have more ways to store all our data. We can make that information available to the public on Web sites and portals.

Several themes run throughout the pages of FCW’s 20 years.

The real issues are cultural, not technical. Take information sharing as an example. Technology has made information sharing more efficient, yet there are still fundamental questions about how we get large organizations to share data.

Coincidentally, one story that ran on the front page of FCW’s first issue was about information sharing.

Other themes include the importance of leadership and information technology’s role as an enabler that allows agencies to fulfill their missions.

People often accuse journalists of being biased. If there has been a bias in these pages, it is a strong belief in the vital role that IT can play in helping the government do its important jobs more effectively.

As we reviewed our archives, we were struck when reading the history of the development of the Internet — a government-sponsored project that has changed the world. The work the government does is important and far-reaching, and government workers have opportunities to change the course of history.

In the next 20 years, we know there will be failures, but we also believe there are more triumphs to come — large and small. We look forward to chronicling them.

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About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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