Koskinen receives Y2K kudos

Koskinen receives Y2K kudos

John Koskinen displays his year 2000 award. He is joined by, from left, GSA's G. Martin Wagner and Frank McDonough, the Army's James Buckner and NAPA's Robert O'Neill.

MARCH 15—The General Services Administration last week honored federal year 2000 czar John Koskinen for his undaunted leadership of the government's successful date code repair effort.

The award ceremony took place in Washington during a post year 2000 program, Building on Y2K Momentum to Transform Government.

In describing how Koskinen gained agencies' allegiance, G. Martin Wagner, GSA's associate administrator for governmentwide policy, said, "He made us want to help him."

At the end of the month, Koskinen will leave his post as chairman of the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion.

In government, Wagner said, "we can't always pay people what they are worth, but we can give them a plaque. It's a multimillion-dollar plaque, and that's what John Koskinen is worth."

Frank McDonough, GSA's deputy associate administrator for intergovernmental solutions; James Buckner, chief information officer of the Army Materiel Command and president of the Federation of Governmental Information Processing Councils; and Robert O'Neill, president of the National Academy of Public Administration; joined Wagner in presenting the plaque to Koskinen.

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