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John Klossner's Ink Tank


Announcing the winners of the FCW caption contest

The entries are in, and the most recentFCW caption contest drew an astounding number and variety of ideas. At the time of this writing, 77 people took the time to submit a caption for the drawing featured below. As would be expected, there were a sizable (33) number of entries that featured a reference to telework or working from home, but there were some surprises among the other themes that were featured. Here are some of the entries that caught my eye, followed by the "winners," a highly subjective list chosen by our judging panel of one.

Number of people who requested not to have their name or email included if their caption was chosen for fear of being caught being creative on agency time:
3

Number of captions referencing a government shutdown:
4

Number of captions including a Bill or Hillary Clinton reference:
2

Christmas (in March?) references:
2

Number of captions with a deathbed or last will reference:
2

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Posted on Apr 07, 2011 at 9:03 AM0 comments


A call for nominations: The FCW cartoon caption contest

I have been drawing cartoons for Federal Computer Week since the late 1900s. In that time I've noticed several subjects becoming regular topics for cartoons, among them telecommuting, contractor-agency relationships, management-employee relationships and security issues. But no one subject has been addressed in the cartoons as much as the Fed 100, the FCW awards that recognize government and industry leaders who have played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community.

In past years I have drawn cartoons timed with the announcement for nominations. I have drawn cartoons to accompany the announcement of the winners. I have drawn cartoons to run at the time of the dinner. I have drawn cartoons to address post-awards sentimentalities. I'm not sure, but I even might have even drawn a cartoon about Fed 100 ceremonies in other galaxies. (No, I haven't.)

So this year my editor and I were having our bi-weekly discussion on upcoming cartoon topic possibilities when he mentioned the Fed 100 issue was upon us, and he was planning on running a page consisting of some of the better Fed 100 cartoons I've done in the past. In gratitude, I may have mentioned that yeah, I think I've run out of Fed 100 ideas. In a move that demonstrates the immeasurable value of good editor skills, he said, "Why don't we have a caption contest?" I can't sing his praises loudly enough.

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Posted on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM80 comments


Procurement oversight: A case of friendly fire?

Claire McCaskill

There's an old saying that if you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Does that mean that if you're an auditor every relationship looks like fraud, waste or abuse?

This came to mind while watching a Feb. 1 hearing on improving federal contract auditing by the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. As described on its website, "the hearing examined how federal agencies use contract audits to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in government contracts. In particular, the hearing reviewed the findings of the subcommittee’s ongoing investigation of the type and number of contract audits at federal agencies. The hearing also examined the role played by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) in performing contract audits for agencies other than the Defense Department."

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Posted on Mar 15, 2011 at 12:19 PM0 comments


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