Here’s the 411 on that 911 crisis at CQ Roll Call today. Access to the CQRC office building was blocked late this morning on account of a suspicious package. Employees were not evacuated from the building, but they were not permitted to enter.
Kathy Black, who has the lengthy title of Vice President of Project Management and Business Systems Analysis, sent a strange notice to employees. Good thing they know how to access the “alert centre” right? Read more
Frustration abounds today at CQ Roll Call. They are having another bout of system-wide difficulties. Employees are having trouble getting online and using internal network applications. “Twice in two months,” a source writes to FishbowlDC. “Never had this kind of trouble at the old buildings.”
Publicist Rebeccca Gale explains, “The power’s on but the servers are acting up. We hope to have it resolved soon. One NoMageddon a year is plenty.” The publication recently dealt with several days of no power.
We hope the reporters don’t resemble this stressed out cat by the day’s end.
UPDATE: A spy inside remarked, “If you’re working in the office and don’t have wifi, you’re screwed.”
UPDATE #2: “All’s well ends well,” writes Gale. “The connection is restored.”
Fine Friday morning, FishbowlDC! We’d like to kick start the day by sending a very special shout out to CQ Roll Call VP Kathy Black, the surprise star of the multi-day power outage at 77 K Street a.k.a. NOMAgeddon. We first met Kathy via Tuesday afternoon memo when the lights went out in the CQ Roll Call newsroom. Since then, we’ve been trying to persuade her to adopt the Ryan Seacrest-style email sign-off: “Black, out” in honor of the power failure. Two days and multiple memos later, still no “Black, out.”
But there is a silver lining to to this black cloud. We’re delighted to report that last night, Kathy, who is also the voice of CQ Roll Call’s phone alert system, announced the newsgroup’s office would reopen today…and she signed off with “Black, out.”
To that we say: who needs power when you’ve got a bright, shining star like Kathy lighting up the office? That’s why Kathy Black is our Catch o’ the Day! Please enjoy this video of Heidi Montag‘s hit single “Black Out” in honor of our new friend.
The several-day power outage at CQ Roll Call, dubbed NOMAgeddon by Ryan Beckwith, may have finally come to an end. According to a memo from Kathy Black, who refuses to use our suggested email sign-off (Black, out!), power is currently being restored to 77 K Street. But Kathy warns staffers not to buy Pepco’s smooth jive just yet. She says the utility company fixed the problem last night too – but only for 90 minutes. Oh snap!
The lights-out situation at CNN and CQ Roll Call is proof indeed that Pepco is “connected to you through more than just power lines.” In fact, the useless utility company can now say with confidence that they’re also connected to you through deadlines and communication lines.
According to a memo from a CQ Roll Call staffer, ironically named Kathy Black, the power is still out at 77K St. Pepco does not expect a resolution until 7 pm tonight and the newsgroup’s Blackberry server is down until at least 2 pm today. Memo below. But first, may we suggest that Kathy starts signing off her emails a la Ryan Seacrest? ‘Black, out!’ Ha. I kill me.
“The power is still out at 77K St. This means that everyone should make their best attempts to work remotely – this means working from home or making alternate arrangements to access the internet / VPN.
Currently, Pepco is still evaluating the situation; we anticipate a resolution around 7PM tonight.
Paper products got out. Website updated. HealthBeat should be sent out within the hour. The Editorial and Technology teams are working to send out verticles shortly.
The main number and customer service lines have been forwarded to the Publishing (Lorton office) with the exception of the Capwiz hotline, which is currently not available. The CQ Hotline has been forwarded to Basil’s phone. [IT is working with our phone provider to forward CW]
To work remotely:
To access your email remotely, you can go through VPN (just log into the VPN and then start your email client [like Outlook]). Or you can access via a browser XXX.
The Blackberry server is not yet available – it should be functional by 2PM today.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility! Your managers will be in contact with you with any special instructions to help you do your job.”