GCN's top news stories of 2006

The last 12 months have been filled with dramatic events in the federal government. Agencies had to rush to meet Homeland Security Presidential-12 deadlines, when they weren't grappling with high-profile data losses. The General Services Administration endured a seemingly never-ending saga of its reorganization. The stories that affected agencies in 2006 were varied and wide reaching. We chose 12 stories that we think reflect the scope of events and the
transformation agencies have experienced throughout this year.

Please read on, and send us your thoughts about our top stories of the year.

The Top 12 of 2006

When Data Walks

After VA's loss, agencies revisit the job of controlling data, people

Rush Week

Desperate hours in the race to meet HSPD-12's card deadline.

DOD wirelesspolicy starts with LANs

CIO to issue further guidance on remote access, cellular technologies

Forward Motion

Amid widely documented IT failures, security advances and infrastructure upgrades are gaining traction at DHS

Doan's plan forGSA's Renaissance

New administrator shares her vision for righting the troubled agency

Red storm rising

DOD's efforts to stave off nation-state cyberattacks begin with China

Seize the data

Government might run on IT systems, but the key to success is control of information; data takes center stage this year

Spy IT Shake-Up

Meyerrose sets new, consolidated course for intel tech community

Can OMB's newcenters of excellence really compete?

Designated providers are prevented from retaining and reinvesting earnings, putting them at a disadvantage

PASS programready to play the next hand

Passport card specifications from State lay groundwork for procurement

Health IT getsinto gear
Aggressive schedule over next 8 months to get technology into the hands of doctors,

E-Rate Rip-offs

FCC program to bring Internet to neediest schools becomes pit of waste, fraud and abuse


  • senior center (vuqarali/Shutterstock.com)

    Bmore Responsive: Home-grown emergency response coordination 

    Working with the local Code for America brigade, Baltimore’s Health Department built a new contact management system that saves hundreds of hours when checking in on senior care centers during emergencies.

  • man checking phone in the dark (Maridav/Shutterstock.com)

    AI-based ‘listening’ helps VA monitor vets’ mental health

    To better monitor veterans’ mental health, especially during the pandemic, the Department of Veterans Affairs is relying on data and artificial intelligence-based analytics.

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