GCN at 25 | 1995: A leap year

GCN 25th Anniversary logoThe government began 1995 with a burst of initiatives and administrative changes that might have seemed bold at the time, but they succeeded well enough that they're taken for granted today. The Jan. 23 issue of GCN from that year reported on several of them.

In one move, the General Services Administration appointed Jack Finley chief of the agency's E-Mail Program Management Office. In his new job, Finley would take on 'a whopper of a task,' specifically to 'lead the charge toward governmentwide electronic mail.' Twelve years later, it's hard to imagine life without it.

Meanwhile, NASA appointed its first chief information officer, career information resources manager John Lynn. This was a year before the Clinger-Cohen Act made CIOs part of every agency's executive furniture.

On another front, 20 agencies were breaking new ground, testing e-commerce pilots under the auspices of the Federal Electronic Commerce Acquisition Team.

And the Army's Small Multiuser Computer contract introduced a new server with dual 90 MHz Intel Pentium processors. Upgrades were common, of course, but this one increased processing power over the previous iteration by 32.5 times, a huge jump even by Moore's Law standards. Oh, and agencies announced policies forbidding employees from playing games on their computers. The big time-waster of the day: solitaire.

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