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Friday, June 16, 2017

Trump brings government into 21st century. Literally

President Clinton didn't. Bush 43 didn't. Obama sure as hell didn't.

But 17 years after Two Thousand Zero Zero, the party's really over.

From Bloomberg:
The Trump administration announced Thursday that it would eliminate dozens of paperwork requirements for federal agencies, including an obscure rule that requires them to continue providing updates on their preparedness for a bug that afflicted some computers at the turn of the century. As another example, the Pentagon will be freed from a requirement that it file a report every time a small business vendor is paid, a task that consumed some 1,200 man-hours every year.
“We’re looking for stuff everyone agrees is a complete waste of time,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at the White House. He likened the move to the government “cleaning out our closets.”
Deregulation is a major ambition of President Donald Trump’s agenda; as one example, he has signed more laws rolling back his predecessor’s regulations than the combined total of the three previous presidents since the process was established by the 1999 Congressional Review Act.
Nothing is temporary in Washington.

And this went on and on for 17 years and nobody said, hey, let it go?


Washington is filled with people -- especially Obama's administration -- who think they are smarter than every one else in the world.

And they were too dumb to notice it is no longer 1999.

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  1. "Washington is filled with people -- especially Obama's administration -- who think they are smarter than every one else in the world.

    And they were too dumb to notice it is no longer 1999." Says a lot about the so-called "Smartest Man In The Room".

    1. And the various supervisors who passed these reports up the line to the top, and whoever was at the top.

  2. There's a rampant rumor out there that some *.gov PCs still have 5.25" floppy disks. Last I saw, that would be circa 1979 IBM XTs and their CN clones that retailed out of Long Beach piers for about 1800 bucks.

    We had a "hot" IBM XT (1) purchased in the department that had FORTRAN running on it (for everyone) loaded up with a phat 10 Mb worth of hard drive. Curve fitting took about 30-60 minutes. You could tell when it was done because the teletype started printing.


    They're good for Tannerite at 500 meters now. Most of the equations also.

    Trump is indeed walking Tannerite.

    1. Wally: "Back in the day, we didn't have any of these fancy-schmancy 3GLs, we programed right down on the bare metal. All we had was ones and zeros. And sometimes we didn't have ones. I once wrote an entire compiler using nothing but zeros."

      Dilbert: "You has zeros? We had to type the letter 'O'."

  3. Trump wants to put the Feds on a paying basis.

  4. My comment is not meant in any way to minimize the real changes in the government's S.O.P. that Trump is finally trying to implement. What I want to say is that in business, people resist change, too.

    One of the biggest any new manager has is the employees wanting to do everything the way they've always done it (mostly because it's the way they learned to do it and so think it's the way it's supposed to be). I can't believe it isn't exactly the same in government work -- so that the people who were there in 1999-2000 taught the people who came in 2005, or whenever, to do their jobs exactly the way they were doing the job in 1999-2000.

  5. Y2K was over blown emotionalism any damn way.

    1. True, but it got my Army hospital twelve new current-technology servers.

  6. Hate to be a "nudge" but the 21st Century didn't start on Jan 1, started Jan 1, 2001.