Author Archive

Paul McCloskey

Paul McCloskey is senior editor of GCN. A former editor-in-chief of both GCN and FCW, McCloskey was part of Federal Computer Week's founding editorial staff.

CIA commits to the cloud

The CIA cloud project provided a reference model for other agencies looking for ways to bring their operational data into the cloud.


The creation of DHS

Creating DHS involved reorganizing agencies based on their technology resources and workforce expertise into a super-agency capable of mounting operations against terrorism.

IT Modernization

The opening up of GPS

In May 2000, President Bill Clinton authorized the removal of a security feature from the Global Positioning System -- a decision that opened the doors to accurate geospatial data for thousands of government and consumer applications.

Clinger-Cohen and the end of the Brooks Act

The 1996 repeal of the Brooks Act ended the General Services Administration's monopoly on IT purchases.


Hackers storm DOD networks

In a 1996 information-sharing effort, then-CIA director John Deutch proposed working with DOD to create an Information Warfare Technology Center staffed with 1,000 people and located at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md.

Digital Government

IRS promises nationwide electronic filing

The IRS' e-file pilot program in 1986 became a test case for the technology of electronic filing and the information policies governing its uses.


Federal IT spending predicted to rise despite budget crunch

Market research firm Input estimates annual federal IT budget will rise 5 percent annually despite proposed freeze in discretionary spending.


DOD grant explores mining health records data

Grant to fund research into how electronic health records could be used to help track diseases and health trends in the military.

CCHIT sets tests for inpatient, ER e-health records

The Certification Commission for Healthcare IT has approved criteria for certifying inpatient, emergency room and a new category of enterprise EHRs.

Leavitt calls on Medicare, Medicaid to require e-prescribing

The HHS secretary uses his personal blog to urge large health care providers, including the government, to make electronic prescription services mandatory.