The FCW Punch Line Contest: Who’s laughing now? recently polled readers to see how they would complete this sentence: “You know you have been a fed too long when...”

To help sort through the 100-plus entries, we enlisted a former longtime fed who is well-known for his dry wit: Martin Wagner. Wagner, now a senior fellow at the IBM Center for the Business of Government and a columnist for Federal Computer Week, retired in early 2007 after more than 30 years at the General Services Administration. Thanks, Marty.

Congratulations to Jay Logan, who submitted the winning entry. And kudos to other contributors making the top 10: Jeffrey S. (Nos. 2 and 10), “Iggy” (No. 3), Greg Mundell (No. 4), Kenneth Dickinson (No. 8) and Peter LaMonica (No.

9). Meanwhile. some readers preferred to remain anonymous.

-- John Monroe

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FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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